Britain can convene a coalition of countries, including Poland, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and the Baltic states, possibly with Ukraine in association.
Some are having fun with Alan Duncan’s diary revelation that Tobias wants Svetland to become a UK spaceport. They shouldn’t.
Due to internal tensions, the Union can lack coherence and focus, often particularly evident in its efforts to implement a collective foreign policy.
And if that projection is to be effective, we will need to invest in our operating bases – and not just at traditional sites.
The President’s address was tougher on Russia, but far from radical. If anything, it risked being disappointingly tame.
The Union needs a cultural case to walk in step with the material one – Project Love, not Project Fear. Which means looking to the future.
How will we feel about cutting aid if we see the kind of shocking scenes of starvation that started Live Aid in the 1980s?
Above all, we need to focus on the strategic picture. Throughout the world democracy, human rights and the rule of law are under pressure.
The new administration will want to look and feel different but, on this issue, it should resist being lured into “compromise”.
These are my starters for ten – so it’s over to you. What are the biggest choices? What are the problems that we have to get ahead of to keep afloat?
Multilateral political cooperation with the EU, as well as the bilateral relations with its member states, remains in the UK’s best interest.
It should initiate an “International Prosperity Initiative” – to provide an alternative to the “aid” agendas of authoritarian rivals.
The Cabinet Office’s Review will ask complex questions about its purpose. But a straightforward one may be the place to start.
If Putin hoped that Brexit would detach us from our alliances, there’s no evidence of that happening so far, and much to the contrary.
One MP said this is more than enough for Islamists here, not nearly sufficient for Estonia and “for the Middle East, you’d want something in between”.