V4 divergences: symptom of a deeper crisis in Europe?
Sofia Casablanca, Analyst of Eastern Europe Studies Center
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The spread of the Ukrainian crisis has aroused strong reactions of the USA and the European Union against Russian interference in Ukrainian politics. Russia is a strategic market for Europe and the close trades and financial links have pushed the European Union in the direction of a more moderate and careful response, at first. Because of the stalemate in the dialogue between Moscow and Kiev and the threat of a Russian military intervention in Ukraine, the EU has aligned its plan sanctions against Russia with the USA one, between July and September.
"The backpack of a modern infantry soldier weighs just much as the armour of a medieval knight. And it is a myth that an armoured warrior could not get up, if he fell down," says Medieval armoury enthusiast Karolis Jankauskas.
Productivity in Lithuania compared to Western European economies remains abysmally low. One of the ways to approach the problem could be by looking into ways to extend the population's life expectancy, say international experts.
As the Baltic States try to convince NATO allies that Russia represents a real threat to security in Europe, a retired Danish general said that his country was in a very similar situation during the Cold War as a nation on the borderline between West and East.
Trump’s explanation of the economics of America’s security alliances misses several core realities, argues Michael O’Hanlon. The benefits of certain alliances can be debated—but they hardly constitute the wholesale drain on American coffers that he has made them out to be.
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