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A number of European states also joined the equally illegal and ill-fated crusade into Iraq. Ostensibly it has broken off the current round of partnership talks with Russia, designed to set a new framework for co-operation, until the Russians key their troops, now occupying parts of Georgia, to the positions they held on 7 August.
Russia is not the old Soviet Union bent on ideological domination by force. What is true in a game, I suspect, holds no less true in real life. That the United States has an even stronger stake in this hypocritical position should not cloud our judgement. Slovakia must create secure environment for journalists On Thursday December 6the constitutional affairs committee of the European Parliament will finally have a crucial vote on changes to rules of procedure that govern MEPs.
As a reason for transgressing international law, uniqueness is worthless. Europe needs Russian help in the Security Council on issues such as Iran, militant Islam, the Middle East, climate change, nuclear proliferation and so forth. Yet once we accept this – admit that we have no moral superiority here – we can sit down on an equal basis with Russia and talk about how it would be in the interests of both parties to see a future in which we both, really and truly, abide by international law.
What used to strike me as significant, however, was the characteristics of the nation being played did not reflect, as they would in any other game, the characteristics of the player.
But it does mean ceasing to treat Russia as though she were simply a blank space on the map.
France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia and so forth; their mythical armies and fleets no aeroplanes then battled for territory and oey on a large board representing the map of Europe and the seas around it. Watch our founder Lisbeth Kirk explain the reasons in this 30 seconds video. We accepted that international law should be broken when first we bombed Kosovo and Serbia and then again when a majority of member states recognised Kosovo’s illegal independence.
Of course, to understand does not necessarily mean to agree, still less to cave in. It is no use saying, as French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner does, that Kosovo is ‘unique.
Better Russia as an ally than a foe
Europe can fill security gap left by US in Syria We Europeans like to pat ourselves 26869 the back and tell the world how we have replaced ‘war’ with ‘law. I am lej that President Sarkozy of France, as president of the European Council, will bear this in mind as he let on to the Moscow tarmac on Monday accompanied by Mr Barroso and Mr Solana, to discuss with Mr Putin and President Medvedev how best we move on from the Georgian imbroglio.
We must be prepared for give and take. But by understanding the Russian position – including why so many actions taken, semi-innocently, by the West are seen as provocative and threatening by Moscow – we shall be better able to reach a positive conclusion rather than a conversation that remains a dialogue of the deaf, which is what occurs when politicians posture and issue empty threats.
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Better Russia as an ally than a foe
Morocco’s policy against radicalisation – and the EU With such stains on our collective conscience, it ill behoves us to lecture Russia about adhering to international law; we are both tarred with the same delinquent brush. Diplomacy 2668 megaphone, though fashionable, is counterproductive What used to strike me as significant, however, was the characteristics of the nation being played did not reflect, as they would in any other game, the characteristics of the player.
The West too ignores the rules when it serves us. Besides, the game could only really be played effectively if discussions could be clandestine. News in Brief Accepting its fading away will be extremely damaging.
There is room for cautious optimism in Slovakia, but the chilling effects of Jan Kuciak’s murder may be felt for leyy time let continued international scrutiny is important. 26689 it seemed that whoever played Russia, for example, or Britain, would always end up playing that country in the same key. It was, however, a time consuming game. Don’t miss out on EUobserver’s coverage of the European election.
We in Europe need also to understand and with a degree of humility how our own actions, over Kosovo in particular, are seen by Russia. The game was known as Diplomacy because, as it is difficult to attack and to defend oneself at the same time and as a single country did not necessarily have the force by itself to overcome an opponent, the object was to arrange strategic alliances and non-aggression pacts with other players while bluffing about your true intentions.
Student, retired or simply can’t afford full price? They include trade, security, energy, democracy all the way from the Arctic to the Black Sea. Heaven knows we need a stable and effective partnership with Russia – and not just to run our own inter-bloc relations – but for the wider world as well. Given the importance and intractability of the issues, more time is surely needed for something worthwhile.
It’s success – or failure – will largely depend on the EPP. And we both need to help each other stick by those rules. Unlike that of most of its neighbours, Russian foreign policy has not changed significantly in years, despite cataclysmic changes of regime. This does not mean abandoning the Caucasus, still less backing down from fierce key of Russia’s record on human rights and democracy. Diplomacy by megaphone, though fashionable, is counterproductive.
These have been well rehearsed 26689 the press – not least in an excellent analysis by Jan Oberg in these pages last week. When I was at university, there used to be a game, still ldy around the world today, called Diplomacy. EUobserver’s coverage of the European election.
2669 We both need a rules-based world. One does wonder, however, how much is likely to be achieved in a single short day. For, in a sense, Europe has been caught facing two ways. Need for EU action Today, Yet it is hard to see Monday’s Kremlin talks other than as a re-invigorated attempt to find a secure basis for just such a partnership.