Category Archives: Rule of Law

Europe is Fundamentally Unserious About Mending Fences with Russia.

Certain European communities – usually from the business sector, but occasionally high-ranking politicians like Sigmar Gabriel – have publicly expressed resolve to make things up with Russia, and at least arrive at some sort of truce which will allow Europe … Continue reading

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The Credibility Gap That Ought To Be

Leap aboard the Lyttenburgh Omnibus; what follows is a looonnngg guest post by Lyttenburgh, one which is going to be like the blind men who are trying to describe an elephant. “An elephant is like a rope”, says the one … Continue reading

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A Trial of Spiritual Resolve: Sergey Lavrov’s Speech to the Military Academy of the General Staff

“Regimes planted by bayonets do not take root… Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle … Continue reading

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Rope-a-Doper, American Style: Don’t Do As I Do, Do As I Say

Before we get started, a moment of silence, please, for Mitt Romney, who collapsed and died on Tuesday following his fourth consecutive multiple orgasm of vindication, at A.R. Valentin’s restaurant in La Jolla, California. His dinner companions did not notice … Continue reading

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Ask Not What Lithuania can do for You…

But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. Ray Bradbury; Fahrenheit 451 Hey, remember that annoying nineties phrase, “Don’t go there”? It … Continue reading

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European Gas Demand is Decreasing – A Dutch Fairy Tale

Gonna use my arms Gonna use my legs Gonna use my style Gonna use my sidestep Gonna use my fingers Gonna use my, my, my Imagination… The Pretenders, from, “Brass in Pocket” The remarkable thing about Brussels and Washington’s stubborn … Continue reading

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Hello; I’m From the European Council on Foreign Relations – I Hear You Have a Bridge For Sale.

Are you familiar with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)? No? Well, have a look at their website. Not to be a spoiler or anything, but let me quote briefly from it: “Inspired by the role American think tanks … Continue reading

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