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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bourbon Europe

It is a sign of today’s topsy turvy world that Western Europeans dismiss and debase the EU while Eastern Europeans clamor for it. It reminds Talleyrand of a certain line about learning and forgetting. The uprisings taking place now in Ukraine are sad mainly because they are so unnecessary. What will Vladimir Putin gain by having such people on his side of the ledger? More to the point, if the EU cares so much about Eastern Partnership, then why didn’t it offer the same to Russia? Even the architects of the Marshall Plan found it in their hearts to do so back when such inducements came in more sophisticated—and successful—packages. Today’s draftsmen of virtual borders should be careful. They may get much more than they wish for.

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