It is Europe’s political fabric and societal cohesion that is in play – and its leaders are not just confused: They fear.
It is one thing for a country the size and wealth of Germany to seek its rightful place in the world. It’s quite another, however, to do it in such an aggressive and dishonest way.
Is it surprising that Russia and China have come to their ‘we have had enough’ moment?
France’s cursed President is going to lead his nation in a campaign which will take him and the entire French economy over the abyss on Brexit.
Now that the best of all possible Brexits is near, the rest of Europe is going to get an object lesson in just how much it costs to keep them around.
The great political crisis now is that a pandemic is being used to justify an end-run around constitutional rights, and so the mechanism that the general public might use to fight for their version of a ‘reset’ is on the verge of disappearing.
What the real people need is support and guidance from a considerate and responsible government. They won’t get it; and all we can do is pity them.
What the collective West seems to be saying to Montenegrins these days is, “Democracy is a simple game – the people cast their ballots on election day and at the end, NATO and the EU always win. Or else…”