Spheres of influence

Russia may be tempted to believe that it has succeeded in Georgia, but it has in fact further isolated itself and helped Europe unite

Kosovo: precedent or excuse?

When dealing with Moscow, EU leaders should not accept the parallelism between Kosovo and Ossetia

The new ‘agrarian’ revolution

The right solution to the problem of growing oil prices lies in the next agrarian revolution, based on biofuels and genetically modified crops

Russian threats are just gas

The European Union has less to fear from Russia’s gas and oil weapons than its leaders think

What to do next with Russia

The EU faces a tough dilemma: sanctions would further isolate Russia but a ?business as usual’ approach would send the wrong signal

Summer of discontent

The EU will have to justify its own claims that bipolar ?spheres of influence? in Europe are consigned to history by taking affirmative action in the Black Sea and Caucasus region

Ossetia farce

Moscow’s decision to recognize Georgia’s breakaway regions is a profound challenge to Europe’s security architecture

Thanks to Russia, NATO is back

Russia’s behavior over Georgia has made NATO’s revitalization more not less likely

China Olympics blog

A daily blog following key political stories in China during the Beijing Olympics