The front-runner to succeed Merkel has perfected the art of making not having a row, indeed not making a decision, sound reasonable.
Posts Tagged: Ukraine
Events in Eastern Europe call the assumptions of the Government’s new defence posture into question. Can we defend our treaty allies?
Garvan Walshe: Russia’s building up troops on Ukraine’s border. Here’s what we can do to stymie Putin.
Britain can convene a coalition of countries, including Poland, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and the Baltic states, possibly with Ukraine in association.
Stephen Booth: Merkel’s departure is Macron’s opportunity – an opening for his dreams of an even closer Union
And if Germany’s Greens are in government after the federal election, they will be inclined to help him.
Daniel Hannan: The China genocide amendment. Trade sanctions punish the innocent – and make fortunes for oppressive regimes
Though micro-measures aimed at those responsible might work: travel bans, asset seizures, arrest warrants.
David Lidington: We have left the EU and there is no turning back. Here’s what our new relationship with Europe should look like.
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 truth is that Eurocrats see Britain as a rule-taking dependent, like Macedonia or Ukraine, rather than as a wholly independent nation.
The opposition has already demonstrated their courage and fortitude. By all indications, for Europe’s last dictatorship, change is finally coming.
Roderick Crawford: We have interests in the rest of Europe, but must be free to run our own foreign policy
Given the EU’s risk levels, its lack of investment in NATO and its poor relations with its neighbours, it is hardly an attractive partner; more of a liability.
Charlotte Leslie: A defining test looms abroad for post-Brexit Britain. Will we act if Netanyahu annexes part of the West Bank?
Or will Britain trade in its global reputation for lawfulness in exchange for keeping Trump sweet for trade?
They have spent their lives attacking the people who risk their lives trying to protect us from evil and dangerous people. And they lie as they try to cover their tracks.
Is the Treasury up for funding and voters up for supporting the ideas he sketched out ealier this week?
A new book, White Flag?, tries to sound the alarm. Will anyone listen?
The Defence Secretary outlined a programme of national self-assertion from Ukraine to the South China Sea.
The question now is now whether this further response to Russian activity is needed. Opinion is certainly beginning to move in this direction.