Fellow travellers: Russia, anti-Westernism, and Europe’s political parties | European Council on Foreign Relations

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Here’s a must-read this weekend if your interested in politics. The European Council on Foreign Relations suggest that anti-Western elements, exploitable by the Kremlin, exist not only on the fringes of European politics, but reach right into the heart of established parties.

Source: Fellow travellers: Russia, anti-Westernism, and Europe’s political parties | European Council on Foreign Relations

This is a comprehensive analysis of Europe’s political parties and particularly those that might be susceptable to Russian influence. It reminds us both of the cultural and national variations in Europe, plus the huge political spectrum.

Of course, this article is timely, with the massive focus on the Trump teams dealings with Russia. But in the UK, attention is again centred on the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn and whether Russia might be ready to help him to power.

Thoughts?

Russia ‘one step from war’ with U.S. after Syria airstrike | Daily Mail Online

English: SOCHI. With President of Syria Bashar...

English: SOCHI. With President of Syria Bashar al-Assad. Русский: СОЧИ, БОЧАРОВ РУЧЕЙ. С Президентом Сирии Башаром Асадом. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GRAND KREMLIN PALACE, MOSCOW. Dmitry Anatolyev...

GRAND KREMLIN PALACE, MOSCOW. Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev takes the presidential oath. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Much as I dislike the sensationalism of the reporting from the UK’s Daily Mail, it captures the fears of a retaliatory escalation following Trump’ bombing in Syria. It cites Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev denouncing Donald Trump for attacking ‘the legitimate government of Syria’ and for allegedly breaking international law without the approval of the UN.

Source: Russia ‘one step from war’ with U.S. after Syria airstrike | Daily Mail Online

The rhetoric is getting ugly as the US explores the evidence of Russian complicity in chemical attacks. But we now have a dangerous situation in which two of the world’s leaders are narcissists supported by populism and fake news.

Thoughts?