EUROPE: East, West

Russia is a place where only the most convulsive changes can break through the interminable loudspeaker insistence that ill is well, the leadership is collective and opinions are unanimous. Western Europe, on the other hand, is a place that emphasizes its divisions, airs its numerous arguments, and sometimes half convinces itself that it is close to ruin.

Last week was one of those rare times when both halves of Europe were simultaneously lit by the flare of significant events, and the weaknesses of the East and the strengths of the West could be...

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