The EU’s Wavering Over Russia – Carnegie Europe


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45th Munich Security Conference 2009: Dr. Ange...

45th Munich Security Conference 2009: Dr. Angela Merkel (le), Federal Chancellor, Germany, in Conversation with Yulia V. Tymoshenko (ri), Prime Minister, Ukraine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a powerful article by Judy Dempsey, published by the Carnegie Europe think-tank.

via The EU’s Wavering Over Russia – Carnegie Europe.

The article is critical of EU foreign policy which has been left in the hands of Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande. Fast forward to the end of the week and talks with Russia and the Ukraine broke down.

It seems that Obama has a few issues of his own and is happy to leave Angela Merkel in charge of negotiating with Putin.

What about the views of the Scandinavian and East European countries, and the UK and Italy are no light-weights?

I worry about escalation and a shooting war in Central Europe.



Our last full day in Prague

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After breakfast, we jumped on the No. 22 tram which deposited us at the foot of Petrin Hill just in front of the Funicular Railway. It was a sunny Saturday morning, so there was a huge queue for the Funicular Railway. We left the tourists to the queue and followed the locals up the snaking ascent of Petrin hill. We stopped a number of time to admire the views and take a few photos. We managed to keep away from the crowds and enjoyed a lovely walk to the Strahov monastery where we had a light lunch.

After lunch we headed down the hill, taking the same road as we took from the descent from Prague Castle two days earlier, so we were awarded some good views of the Castle from beneath it. The steep descent…

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