Putin’s options limited by home uncertainty

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/862ee4d0-9bf6-11e3-afe3-00144feab7de.html Good article. One good reason why Putin himself is quiet is that he doesn’t know how to respond. His democracy may be a sham, but he still needs to take the sentiment of the Russians seriously. If he cannot control that sentiment through the state-owned media, he’ll have to follow it lest he risks …

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UK, EU, US and Poland

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/05/britain-poland-and-the-future-of-the-eu/ Many Poles are disappointed in Britain. The original thinking is that Poland needs the UK and by extension the US to maintain independence from Russia and Germany. The UK’s dithering versus Europe may have made it an unreliable security partner in the eyes of many Polish. ‘How much does the UK really care?’ they …

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