Europe has lost the plot in trying to cope with a resurgent Russia under President Vladimir Putin, who is dictating the agenda in his dealings with European capitals, according to a study published yesterday.
The 65 page report from the European Council on Foreign Relations says the west's post-cold war policy of promoting westernisation and democracy in Russia has failed.
That strategy is now in tatters...Today it is Moscow that sets the pace for EU-Russia relations. Russia [is] more powerful, less cooperative, and more intransigent. Russia's growing confidence has transformed the EU-Russia relationship.
Cause, you know, who needs westernisation and democracy? China and Russia are doing just fine without it, right?