Putin’s European Fifth Column
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Putin’s European Fifth Column
Putin’s European Fifth Column

BERKELEY – If the world should have learned one thing from the recent months of tensions between Russia and the West, it is that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategic ambition and skill should never be underestimated. It is in this light that the West should view Putin’s recent overtures to some within the European Union.

Putin may or may not truly believe that last year’s anti-Russian uprising in Ukraine was the direct result of interference by the United States and the European Union. But there can be no doubting his awareness of the role that European ideals – and the possibility of EU membership – has played in motivating the struggle in Ukraine and constraining his actions. (...)

A battle of values is looming. In one corner is the EU, standing for democracy, freedom, the rule of law, and institutionalized international cooperation; in the other stands Putin, representing authoritarianism, intolerance, and the use of force and intimidation as instruments of foreign policy. (...)

http://www.project-syndicate.org/comment...al-2015-02

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http://www.msn.com/de-de/nachrichten/pol...ar-BBhFZhU

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2015 Feb 17 19:46
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(2015 Feb 17 19:46)Aptrgangr Wrote:  A battle of values is looming. In one corner is the EU, standing for democracy, freedom, the rule of law, and institutionalized international cooperation; in the other stands Putin, representing authoritarianism, intolerance, and the use of force and intimidation as instruments of foreign policy.

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Don't people feel stupid while reading / writing such black-and-white nonsense?

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2015 Feb 17 20:35
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(2015 Feb 17 20:35)Temnozor Wrote:  
(2015 Feb 17 19:46)Aptrgangr Wrote:  A battle of values is looming. In one corner is the EU, standing for democracy, freedom, the rule of law, and institutionalized international cooperation; in the other stands Putin, representing authoritarianism, intolerance, and the use of force and intimidation as instruments of foreign policy.

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Don't people feel stupid while reading / writing such black-and-white nonsense?

No, not at all.

Quote:Meanwhile, Russian oligarchs have been purchasing European newspapers, including The Independent, The Evening Standard, and France-Soir. The French newspaper Libération recently highlighted the extent of pro-Putin connections in French academia, think tanks (on both the left and the right), media, and business networks. And the state-owned energy giant Gazprom has been suspected of bankrolling anti-fracking activism in Lithuania and Romania.

Putin’s efforts appear to be bearing fruit. Despite the ongoing tensions between Russia and the West – or perhaps because of them – Putin enjoys remarkable support among some European intellectuals and politicians. The Kremlin’s portrayals of the uprising in Ukraine as a fascist coup, and of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for Ukrainian separatists as defensive, have been reproduced through a dense network of Putin supporters – including the Princeton University professor Stephen F. Cohen, Czech President Miloš Zeman, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the German leftist Matthias Platzeck, and the Dutch rightist Geert Wilders – and media outlets.

Putin’s narrative may be reminiscent of Soviet propaganda. But that has not prevented it from being embraced by many at a time when the European project is already under great stress from the continent’s economic crisis.

Thanks Apt for the link Smile
2015 Feb 18 00:05
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Heh, this topic reminds me of an old thread: How would you react to foreign funding to "critics of the regime" in your country?

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2015 Feb 18 09:41
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Project-syndicate is a propaganda outlet funded by Soros' Open Society Foundation, the German translation was supported by the Zeit-Stiftung. Western plutocrats support "democratic values" as much as Eastern oligarchs do, dissidents don't need Russian funded newspapers anyway, but they note with interest how the Western rogue regimes have no absolute opinion monopoly anymore.

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Thucydides

“My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” Carl Schurz

"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."
Aristotle

"Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must." Thucydides
2015 Feb 18 13:27
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Fortunately I have RT Europe to cut through all the NATO/EU propaganda we are exposed to 24/7. This is beginning to become more hysterical than at the heights of the Cold War.


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I think the person that wrote this article is a tough guy.

Quote:Europe Chickens Out Over Putin’s Ceasefire Violations
The Fiscal Times
Rob Garver 4 hours ago

Three days after the guns were supposed to go silent in Ukraine, and hours after thousands of Ukrainian soldiers launched a desperate and bloody retreat from the besieged town of Debaltseve, the most senior official of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization got around to calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop providing men, supplies and advanced weaponry to rebels there.

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https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/europ...00224.html

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There is nothing untrue in the article.

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2015 Feb 19 01:01
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