The last thing the West needs under the current circumstances is a confrontation with Russia. It has enough grievances to grapple with.
Resurgent nationalism across the globe are keeping mapmakers and diplomats busy. Country name changing is the current vogue and there are no signs that it will end anytime soon.
In short, Russia today is essentially no different, as far as its inclinations and objectives are concerned, from the rest of the world. So where are the distinctions?
What the people of that country will gain is unclear. Their national interests will be eclipsed by the foreign-policy goals of other major players.
The knives are coming out in Germany against Merkel and it is only the pro-EU Social Democrats who are coming to her defense.
If Europe wants to remain Europe and not become the 51st US state, it should revise its foreign policy priorities and prepare for a big fight.
Only days after coming to power, Italy’s new populist government has won in an early showdown with the European Union establishment over the contentious issue of migration.
Norway has never shown enthusiasm toward the idea of an independent European deterrent force and is turning toward Poland and the Baltic states to form a kind of US-led alliance in Europe.