Russia vs Europe: the sovereignty wars
Ivan Krastev writes in openDemocracy:
Russia’s “decade of humiliation” is over. Her “still terrible thirst for greatness” is back. The new reality in Europe is the re-emergence of Russia as a great power and the end of the post-cold-war European order. So, the question is: in reality, how serious is the Russian challenge? Is Russia a rising power, or is she a declining power enjoying a temporary comeback? Is Russia a neo-imperial power aiming to dominate her weaker neighbours, or is she a post-imperial state trying to defend her legitimate interests? Does Moscow view the European Union as a strategic partner or does it view it as a threat to her ambitions in Europe? How stable is Vladimir Putin’s regime, what are the Kremlin’s long-term interests and short-term fears?