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"We thus need to move quickly to understand what recent events imply about Russia, its president, Vladimir Putin, and the international order. It is no less important to apply the lessons swiftly."

Does the West does have the luxury of time to make sense of recent events in Ukraine?

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"Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion.

Are Ukraine’s concerns mere hyperbole – a 'malicious slander,' as the Kremlin puts it – or should we take them seriously?"

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It's difficult to imagine even Putin's forces would mount an actual attack. It's not at all difficult to imagine them threatening to do so, though.
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Yuliya Tymoshenko: "There will be no more surrendering of sovereign Ukrainian territory. Not an inch." Read more: 

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Ok. So exactly what forces does she or Ukraine have to do about it?
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"With an amount of plutonium the size of a grapefruit, or enough highly enriched uranium to fit into a five-pound bag of sugar, a terrorist could make a bomb that could level a city. We know that Al Qaeda, groups in the Northern Caucuses, and other terrorist organizations have tried to acquire these materials."

With this knowledge, why hasn't more been done to address nuclear security?

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American Republicans will never go along with anything that could prevent a terrorist attack, especially a terrorist attack that could happen here in the USA. It is surprising the RNC has not yet hired terrorists to attack the USA so they can use such an event to blame on President Obama. 
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"When politicians around the world tell the story of global warming, they cast it as humanity’s greatest challenge. But they also promise that it is a challenge that they can meet at low cost, while improving the world in countless other ways. We now know that is nonsense."

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"By most accounts, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been the winner in the Ukraine crisis, at least so far." 

From a longer-term perspective, is Putin’s victory so certain?

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omg that looks creepy
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Does Europe really need a banking union?

"Europe's banking union may soon exist on paper. In practice, the eurozone banking system is likely to remain fragmented along national lines and divided between a northern “core,” where governments continue to stand behind local banks, and a southern 'periphery,' where governments have run out of cash."' Read more:

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the spoon is bent, in europe everything exists on paper but every bit just does as they please, there IS no europe dont make that fucking mistake this is not the united states of america, born from a bloody civil war that united both parts. This is Europe, a thousand different leaders each out to get the best for their own palace, fucking the people
if europeans had actual balls the chinese revolution would be a childsplay by now, there IS no europe
not as of yet
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Shlomo Ben-Ami: "Putin is challenging one of America’s greatest foreign-policy achievements: the end of the division of Europe and the establishment of free countries that could be drawn into the Western sphere of influence." Read more:

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as usual i have a non mainstream opinion on this and i have said it few times before. If you leave all morals out, Putin comes out of this as a great general of our time. No matter how you look at it, euramerica got pwned (thats owned in gamerspeak since someone made a typo once in a distant past) on all levels, politically, strategically, tactically, and probably some more.
I will leave my personal opinion out of it and stay objective. He did it like a boss and the others are left with the shame, by the time it happened there was nothing they could do. Europe will cut into its own flesh economically if it agrees to become a front-side military base for the americans. Im sure the russian side knew all of this and more, including their own veto rights and the fact that the chinese would not interfere (abstain) because it would force issues on their own stances on some things that arent in the spotlight right now.
The euramerican proto- or pseudo alliance would do well to respect the man if not fear his mad skillz at this game of global stratego. If you underestimate the one you choose to be your enemy you'll find yourself outmatched too often. No matter how or what, objectively from a strategic point of view this was an ultra-clean operation, minimal casualties, no resistance after the fact. Done by the time it started. Lessons can be learned from this if the next few decades herald the next great divide. One big lesson i dare say : people like that man do not respond to threats. I wouldnt if i were in his shoes and his shoes are a lot bigger than mine. If its gonna be a clash of ego the cool one wins.
Strong enemies should be respected but maybe a full scale opposition conflict can still be averted although the eurasian faction can not just let this pass because then they show weakness
yes, yes, civilized intellectuals , that IS how things actually are despite the fact that your smartphones screen grew bigger ,the world is still divided among people in the way it always has been. The ancient romans learned the hard way that decadence leads to your mighty empire being taken over by barbarians
a bad metaphor in this case but somewhat relevant. Just how big is putins idea of a united eurasia actually? I hear a lot of western propaganda countering the russian propaganda but as with all information-level wars the truth and facts are hard to find inthere?
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Jeffrey Sachs: "International law itself is at a crossroads. The US, Russia, the EU, and NATO cite it when it is to their advantage and disregard it when they deem it a nuisance."

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he is a Hitler that takes countries and NO ONE is doing any thing
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