Another Russian journalist murdered? All the signs seemed to point to a political assassination sanctioned (officially or not) by individuals within the Russian state. Another clear message sent out to Russian dissidents around the world: you can run, but you can’t hide. There is nowhere we can’t get you.

Except this time was different. The journalist in question, Arkady Babchenko, turned up alive and well at a press conference less than 24 hours later, lurking at the back of the stage like Banquo’s ghost. Ukrainian intelligence had (rather dramatically) staged the murder in an apparent sting operation to catch the would-be assassins. The murder attempt was allegedly foiled. The journalist’s colleagues whooped shouts of joy.

It’s all become so confusing. The games of cat-and-mouse, the propaganda and counter-propaganda, the endless denials and accusations of “fake news”, the murders and threats, the proxy conflicts, the “little green men“. Is this what Cold War II looks like from the inside?

What do our readers think? We received a comment from Vicente, who argues that Russia and the US are clearly “strategic enemies”, which (he thinks) means it would have been logical for Russia to court the European Union as an ally, perhaps trying to split the EU away from America. However, he believes Russia has done the opposite, treating Europe as just as much of an enemy as the United States. Following the poisoning of Russian defector Sergei Skripal in Salisbury‎, this has also been the position of the British government. A senior UK government official was widely-quoted as having urged the EU to now view Russia as a “strategic enemy”.

So, is Russia now a strategic enemy of Europe? We asked Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all sides of the political spectrum to stake out their positions on this question, and it’s up to YOU to vote for the policies you favour. See what the different MEPs have to say, then vote at the bottom of this debate for the one you most agree with! Take part in the vote below and tell us who you support in the European Parliament!

Radical Left
Jiří Maštálka (GUE-NGL), Member of the European Parliament:

Only a fool would consider Russia as an enemy of Europe. For those interested in understanding better the need for Europe to cooperate with Russia I recommend the book “World without Russia” by Russia’s former Foreign Affairs Minister Yevgeny Primakov. In addition to our own interests, we should support sustainable development of Russia, which would improve the living conditions for its citizens and allow us to tap on the huge potential there in the field of science, culture and natural resources.

We must not forget that Russia is for us in Europe a bridge with other cultures and civilisations such as the Asian tigers, the Islamic world, India and even Latin America. We can learn a lot from the Russian model of societal assimilation of different nations and ethnicities. In the US the indigenous population was exterminated and its society became almost mono-culture notwithstanding moves for emancipation of African Americans (who have had the right to vote only in the last 50 years) and Latinos.

In order for Europe to survive in this complex and complicated socio-economic environment and a dramatically changing world, our imminent interest must be to stop the hostility towards Russia and start building new perspective relation with this country on a mutually beneficial basis. Russia is without any doubt ready for such a step.

Greens
Rebecca Harms (Group of the Greens), Member of the European Parliament:

During the last [few] years, the strategy of the Kremlin, the strategies also outlined in many speeches by Vladimir Putin, are threatening: starting with the invasion and occupation of Crimea, continuing with the ongoing war in Donbass – the Russian war against Ukraine and indirectly also against the EU and its relations with eastern neighbourhood countries – and continuing with the Russian participation in the war in Syria.

So, these are threats we have consider, but what I very much like about the EU’s reaction is that we do not [fall] into the trap of Russia and into a terrifying scenario. We never – from the very beginning – never thought about a military response to this threatening new strategy of the Kremlin. From the very beginning in Ukraine, we thought about a political solution, and we developed the idea of personalised and economic sanctions against Russia. [W]e are right now, after this weekend, in a new debate about how to find a political solution in Syria and, again, we will have to decide how to continue diplomatic efforts towards Russia.

I think the EU – also because of Syria and its challenges – has to develop a strategy towards Russia. The idea of finding common solutions is a good idea, but so far Russia – especially in the case of Syria, but also before in the case of Ukraine – did not contribute to an acceptable or sustainable solution. I think a new approach and a new strategy should include, on the European side, a new openness for more sanctions. At least, countries like Germany should not continue a big strategic project like Nord Stream II with Russia considering all the threats posed to the European Union.

Liberal Democrats
Angelika Mlinar (ALDE), Member of the European Parliament:

First, it is important to distinguish between Russia as a country and the Russian government. The fundamental aim of Europe should be to maintain good relations with all its neighbors. Of course, the current tense situation does not make it easier to maintain good relationships. However, one should not lose sight of the long term goal, as Russia – and in economic terms as well – is and will remain an important partner for Europe. It is clear that relations suffer from violations of human rights or other breaches of essential democratic values conducted by the government. However, as already said one should not confuse the country with the government and should therefore always keep in mind the maintenance of good relations in the long term. In summary, the question can therefore be answered “no”, but which does not mean that the Russian government can do whatever it wants.

Centre Right
Pál Csáky  (EPP), Member of the European Parliament:

Conservatives
Anna Fotyga (ECR), Member of the European Parliament:

Eurosceptics
Margot Parker (EFDD), Member of the European Parliament:

I’m deeply, deeply saddened with the situation. I think it’s pretty appalling that anyone should be poisoned and have their lives risked. I think it’s pretty terrible to go into any country and attack citizens, Russian or otherwise. It just so happened that they were. They were living peaceably. This is a shocking, shocking thing to happen. It’s terrifying.

So, I’d like to believe the very best of Russia. I’m deeply, deeply upset. I believe they have behaved in a very antagonistic, bullyboy way. We can extend that basically to Syria; we see at the moment the wretched poison again, it’s innocent people and children. It’s up to Russia to clean up its act and to be responsible. They should be; they can be. Clearly, you can’t blame all the Russian people – but I do think with Putin… well, he’s a very tough man, and perhaps how he does business is not the right way. In fact, it’s not.

I’d like to see a hand extended out, to see if anything can be rescued from this awful situation. We shouldn’t be enemies. We should, indeed, try to get on with one another. But, on the other hand, we cannot have Russia behaving in this appalling way. And they can deny it all they like, but you know there must be some evidence there – all of those countries would not have supported the British government, and that includes the United States – without evidence which actually brought them to the conclusion they came to in supporting the United Kingdom.

Curious to know more about EU-Russia relations? We’ve put together some facts and figures in the infographic below (click for a bigger version).

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    • avatar
      Ivan

      Debating Europe Given Eurasia is the continent combining Asia and Europe then Russia like all the other 50 independent European states is also a part of Eurasia.

      Definition of a Continent:

      ‘Large continuous area of land on the Earth’s surface generally surrounded by water’ where as the term ‘Europe’ refers to a particular peninsula of the continent of Eurasia excludes all the islands.

      If you are referring to a threat to the Nations that make up the EU the correct terminology is ‘The European Union’, not Europe. 8|

    • avatar
      Ivan

      Debating Europe The threat is from Russia against its fellow European Nations although they are also a threat to Japan, China, etc so you could have gone with ‘Is Russia a strategic enemy of Eurasia and it would have been the correct question although ‘A threat to its Neighbours’ would be more accurate, not Europe.

    • avatar
      George

      Debating Europe Seriously?

    • avatar
      George

      Ivan Burrows Correct! but not for these people!hahahhaha

    • avatar
      Debating Europe

      Ivan Burrows Norway? Ukraine? Georgia? Just asking.

    • avatar
      Marian

      Is it?

    • avatar
      Alexandru

      Culturally speaking, Russia was an offshot of Europe, smething between western values and own national identity.
      With the Crimean war 1853, it marked the first time Russia was seen as antagonic to the West. In order to curb the Russian expansionism, France and UK allied with the Ottomans against a christian power.

    • avatar
      Alexandru

      Honestly? Russia could be a member of the EU. It would be better for us all. But 1. Russia doesnt want and 2. Other powers wont allow it, namely USA.

  1. avatar
    Max

    Between the military buildup in the Baltic, the annexation of part of Ukraine, and the interfering in the internal politics of EU and NATO member nations with the specific intent of undermining both, and the fact that the intelligence services of at least 3 NATO member nations have been clear about the Russian threat, it’s unclear why anybody is even asking at this point. Is debating europe asking whether NATO member nations have gone on the record about this? Or….?

  2. avatar
    Paul

    Putin’s Russia is a strategic enemy of the world. Like Nazi Germany.

    • avatar
      Ludovico

      .. say the person who worked for the US ambassy in Lituania.. 😂
      But.. do not you feel ashamed?

    • avatar
      Paul

      Ludovico Sicignano No. I am proud of it. Russian communists are same like nazis or fascists or italian communists. The same evil.

    • avatar
      Jevgenij

      Paul Mark where have you seen communism? Or should I ask when?

    • avatar
      Paul

      Jevgenij Morgajev in Russia. Always.

    • avatar
      Эл

      Paul Mark have you ever been there, if yes, when? 😉

    • avatar
      Jevgenij

      Paul Mark you wrong mate. But looking at the amount of your comments to this topic it’s pointless to discuss it with you.
      If you will have a chance, visit Russia, see what it’s like, talk to locals and then make your decision.

    • avatar
      Эл

      Jevgenij Morgajev his decision is made by unkle Sam ☝🤗

    • avatar
      Paul

      Russia military ragratts stayed too long in my country until we kicked their ass out. The atrocities russians committed far surpass those committed by the nazis. Needless to say thst communist russia and nazi germany as allies started World War II by invading Poland.

  3. avatar
    Bruno

    Perhaps Europe’s real strategic threat is the civil war slowly fermenting within.

    • avatar
      Achim

      Russia’s regime is a threat to the world. They must be prosecuted like nazi criminals

  4. avatar
    Alkis

    Russia has, in my view, a shitty government. But enemies, no…

    • avatar
      Paul

      Russia is the enemy of the world

    • avatar
      Diana

      Paul Mark in what way?

  5. avatar
    Hans

    Yes , they shoot down civilian airplaines and ly about .

  6. avatar
    Elie

    Biggest danger to EU is within ,Russian european part is bigger than all the rest of European countries so we can say Russia is European more than any other country .still all big countries try to influence politics in their neighbour countries and its happening even inside the EU .

  7. avatar
    Andor

    They have very similar viewpoint like the UK now.
    And its ironic.

    There is a large alliance group which somehow an obstable so its needs to be fragmented.
    On the other hand the EU stopped the conversation with Russia. Anytime when the communication stops flowing – it somehow erupts in aggression.

    • avatar
      Andor

      EU needs to establish its own communciation channels. If they are influenced in anytime – they cant use to defend their rights. Here is a pretty obvious thing: The entire EU always waits a third-party.
      In the early 90’s because of the economic libarlism Russia almost collapsed. After they experienced that in every aspects lose their influence. This is why it seemed an enemy.

  8. avatar
    Maciej

    No they are not, it’s only the enemy of some politicians who want to stirrup consensus and get elected, we should trade and be friends of Russia

    • avatar
      Audrius

      Russia killed 10000 people in Ukraine since 2014, so you still want to trade with terrorists??

    • avatar
      Maciej

      Our governments are friendly with Saudi Arabia who funded isis in Syria and that is funding a war in Yemen so…

  9. avatar
    Vassiliki

    Europe is not the same thing as European Union. The first is a continent to which Russia belongs to and the second is an allegiance of nation. European Union has only one enemy. Superiority mentality. Humanistic philosophy started in Europe let all countries honour it. Especially the ones in EU.

  10. avatar
    Jorge

    Of course it is, and it has always been, just look at a map for goodness’ sake!

  11. avatar
    Martina

    What is this stupid question? The only enemy here is ridikulous proamerican and probritish propaganda. I am sick of it.

    • avatar
      Paul

      Go and bite some of Putin’s propaganga while kissing his communist ass

    • avatar
      Marina

      Nothing but the smile for you troll!!!😉

    • avatar
      John

      I see reading is not the reactionary’s strong point… If you read past the headline, you’d see they mention NATO and EU enlargement as being potentially threatening to Russia and that 32% of eastern Europeans don’t want sanctions against Russia.

    • avatar
      Martina

      John you are right, but I am really sick of that 24 hours stream of lies and I can told you, that not only eastern Europeans are against sanctions. We all in Europe lose.

    • avatar
      Marina

      John McTavish you are right, but I am really sick of that 24 hours stream of lies and I can told you, that not only eastern Europeans are against sanctions. We all in Europe lose.

    • avatar
      Paul

      If you come from the Ottoman empire, no wonder you do not know Europe.

    • avatar
      Apostolos

      Do you consider yourself “European” or simply an ass?

  12. avatar
    Achim

    Russia always was an adversary to the EU. Nothing changed.

    • avatar
      Eugenio

      Perché, non è strano?

  13. avatar
    Paul

    Russia’s imperialistic regime has always been the enemy of the world

    • avatar
      Алексей

      And USA? How much war conficts they started in last 30 years around a world?

    • avatar
      Алексей

      Paul Mark Maybe you must start from yourself?

    • avatar
      Paul

      Алексей Толстых US started none. Russia occupied a part of the Ukraine, invaded Georgia, Syria, Afghanistan…Russia has fought wars with all of its neighbors. Russia started World War Two by invading Poland. The list is endless. No wonder Russia has no friends. Nobody likes rogue countries.

    • avatar
      Tomas

      Алексей Толстых русский нацист? Путлерюнгенд? 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

  14. avatar
    Dmitrij

    Should we disregard the conversation due to being outdated? But on this- monopoles politics is the enemy and those who are supporting it

  15. avatar
    Mariusz

    Not really. Russia has its own problems which need to be addressed, just like the other European nations do. The only way is to work towards mutual development goals, since the richer, the more peaceful the world is, the better for all of us.

    • avatar
      Denis

      You sounds like shitty communist propaganda. Same wooden language.

  16. avatar
    Răzvan

    All superpowers are an enemy to every small nation in Europe. France or Russia, Germany or USA.

  17. avatar
    Paul

    A country that invades Geòrgia. ..annexes Crimea….arms insurgents in Ukraine.. responsible for the shooting down of airliner causing hundreds of deaths…murder of dissidents at home..attempted assasination abroad……why are you even asking the question…..they have been and remain a threat

    • avatar
      Richard

      😂 😂 😂

  18. avatar
    Gianfranco

    Debating Europe visto che basa tutto l’articolo sull’assassinio di un giornalista tuttora vivo dovrebbe ritirare il post, gli imbecilli. Inoltre dimostrano di fare parte del baraccone messo in piedi per creare il “nemico Russia”

  19. avatar
    marian

    Russia cannot afford a free and democratic great power at its doorstep. So, yes, we are its most serious strategic enemy

  20. avatar
    Andrea

    no if EU opens East as it is doing… Trrump’s USA can be a temporary enemy instead Investing on Moscow ,disinvesting on Washington unless USA switch democrat again….

  21. avatar
    Charles

    Use smoke and mirrors Russia is not a threat to Europe

    Mass immigration the threat

  22. avatar
    EU Reform- Proactive

    Regurgitating anti Russian rhetoric?

    Not to forget- Russia was a strategic Allies partner fighting against the Axies powers during WW2.

    Now the West/EU agitates against its former Partner & declares it the No.1 pariah in Europe. Is that fair? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allies_of_World_War_II

    Why has it become post WW2 EU & US fashion to jump on the Russia bashing bandwagon? Global geopolitical competition?

    The USSR by far paid the highest human price in WW2. The records: ~27 mio or ~14% of its population lost!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties

    Therefore, the former (now split up) USSR/Russia deserves a fair share in a new world dispensation- as equal partners!

    Is it the unforgivable and painful past collision of the 2 different world views & its economic versions? A one party Marxist Socialist system which lost against a system of multi party democracy and its free capitalistic market economy?

    To overcome this divides only a willingness by both partners to deal honestly with their historical grievances will heal any mistrust. To cooperate on an equal partner basis could be a good start to normalize “Europe” and bring economic prosperity to all Europeans.

    Why not embark on a truly diplomatic route- without any preconditions- so commonly set by the inflexible “EU regulatory superpower”?

    One problem is – the EU lacks respected, impressive & courageous political leadership!

    As long as the EU hides behind it’s holy “EU Human Rights” & “enlargement drive eastwards”- but opportunistically jumps at any money making opportunities & embraces Russian Oligarchs with their (stolen) fortunes- there is little hope.

    If the North Korean problem seems solvable- so is the Russian!
    If they EU remains inflexible & can’t jump over its own shadow- outsource the task to US Trump!

    For lowering stress levels- consider this:
    https://list25.com/25-interesting-facts-about-europe-that-most-people-dont-know/

    • avatar
      Flaviu Amarandei

      You forget Russia started alongside Nazi Germany WW2. Time is not their ally becouse they loose in strategic importance. They have been agressors in this area starting the Crimean Wars in the nineteen century.

  23. avatar
    Saverio

    Considering that the articole starts with talking about a murder that never took place… The answer is no

  24. avatar
    Gabriel

    A more sensible question should be: is the USA an actual ally of Europe?

  25. avatar
    randomguy2018

    Poor Eu bureaucrats trying to find a boogeyman. You wont ever convince everyone that Russia is coming to roll tanks into Berlin again. Their man power has dropped in half from soviticus days and its no longer a superpower. Different times.

    The Soros or Brussels stuff is getting boring too.
    Those financiers and bureaucrats are trying to stop Italian people from forming a government cause they have woken up to the EU projects nastiness.

    What is Europe, without UK, Italy, and Russia?
    And for real why is this website always equating EU as Europe?

  26. avatar
    Peter

    Also Switzerland, they will nevet join EU and have army as big as Germany. :)

  27. avatar
    Rémi

    I though Europe is peace! Does it need to invent an enemy for existing?

  28. avatar
    catherine benning

    Is Russia now a strategic enemy of Europe?

    We could rephrase this, lets say, is the EU the enemy of Russia? That followed up with, who is and are the EU? Who are the main players in the EU and I don’t mean Juncker, Merkel, Macron and co. Who really is at the back of this show? And how are they so tightly enveloped throughout the Western system?

    Once you have the truthful response to that question, the next has to be, and what are these hidden leaders plans and aims for us European people? Everyone must ask this as it is very cleverly hidden from us all isn’t it? We don’t know where we are going or why. Every day we see ourselves further entwined in a downward tailspin we cannot escape from. Whilst everyone appears to be terrified to take steps to prevent us hitting the ground we see hurrying toward us. It appears as if we are cult members ready to eat the poisoned sandwich rather than stand up against our Svengali. I repeat what I wrote some long time ago, we have what is known as Stockholm syndrome. Imagine that, 500 million people brainwashed into accepting a detrimental future without one shot being fired. Now who was it thought he was going to get away with that?

  29. avatar
    Flaviu Amarandei

    I think Russia will never accept EU founding principles. They will try to manipulate weacker politicians in order to impose their ideas. So I think Russia is and will always be the most important strategic enemy, source of many other issues for our common future.

  30. avatar
    aguysomewhere

    What is the point of killing a critical journalist when the said killing causes massive uproar and even more critique, kind of self defeating no?
    It makes more sense that enemies of Russia killed this journalist with the intention of framing Russia in the leading up to the World Cup. Add this to all the other accusations against Russia in some giant psychological operation to paint Russia as the enemy.

    Russia doesn’t have to be the enemy. Russia is a geographical neighbour to Europe. What the USA fears more than anything on this planet is that Europe and Russia could achieve a real friendship and alliance. To prevent this they must sow discord from time to time. One day Europe will start to think for itself and shed itself of it’s American puppeteer strings, that day is coming soon.

  31. avatar
    S.A.L. Benavides VanderBerg

    I remember reading a book called 12 steps of Europe in the OBA library near central station at an EU information point and its what really made me fall in love with the Union. In one chapter is the phrase “even russia, belarus, Kazakstan and Armenia etc could be day be part of the Union in the future.” in like 20-50 years. Wel i
    Completely agree. Turkey is infact in my opinion harder to integrate than Russia…

    About all the conspiracy theories and the shady hands, ill have one thing to advice to the illuminati/reptilian/demons etc. Censor the internet. This is all bill gates, steve jobs, the california porn kings etc. Work. So its USA work. Just like Mcdonalds and CocaCola. We need to control this acces to disturbing info atleast till age 15. The Chinese, the Muslims, the Russians are doing it. Amd ours is controlled yes but by the USA. Europe wil never exist truly umtil we have our own internet and our software, technology, culture and entertainment is made in europe.

    I understand the people against the EU. But im from a small country (Netherlands) which i love very much and i fear without the EU in 50 years it would be insignificant geopolitically. And that would be such a pity! Because this is such a great country!

    So untill the Union collapses or there is a Dutch Exit ill stay positive. It is hard sometimes with the hate and the crazy people, but…

    Rozen verdorren lelieën vergaan maar trouwe liefde blijft altijd bestaan

  32. avatar
    ironworker

    Russia bad, but their gas and oil are good. Russia evil aggressor, but russian buyers of german, french or italian produced goods, are essential for EU economy…

  33. avatar
    ironworker

    Russia bad, but gas, oil and market for EU export good…

  34. avatar
    EU Reform- Proactive

    @ Flaviu Amarande……. Hi Flaviu here my response:

    yes true, not forgotten- rather deliberately ignored, since any kind of aggression’s by warring parties & man should not inspire counter aggression’s & retaliations- as was & is still common.

    I accept history as history, but question instead the evolved wisdom of his honorable and respected UK PM Theresa May, her MI5 & MI6 underground.

    I think she & honorable Boris succumbed to political Brexit stresses and emotions (Skripal event) and “slightly” overreacted by choosing a Canossa schlep into the EU Suzerain’s den to seek long forgotten Allied shoulders!

    Being hurt after happily accepting dissidents, “valuable” double Agents, spies, Russian oligarchs, Mafioso’s with their billions of hot money (& tax havens)- no question asked- then pleading infringements of “values & sovereignty- sounds hypocritical.

    To arouse a “collective defense, defiance and response”- aka NATO Article 5 in Brussels- to have Russia declared a “strategic enemy” is cowardly misplaced.

    Why not take the next available “diplomatic cab” straight to the Kremlin and engage in a direct diplomatic counter punch? We rely too much on the bureaucrats’ pretense & “Sitzkrieg”- instead of direct diplomacy and strong leadership.

    Always attempt reconciliation instead an eye for an eye!

  35. avatar
    TruthVirtue5380

    The demonization of Russia by the West has been ongoing for decades. I think it’s disgraceful and xenophobic. The anti-Russia propaganda is beneficial to the war profiteers.

  36. avatar
    Manuel

    A Rússia nunca deixou de ser um inimigo estratégico da Europa. Só os incompetentes ou os capturados leaders ocidentais não querem ver tal realidade. E o pior cego é aquele que não quer ver!!!

  37. avatar
    Matej

    Always some bloody Brussels propaganda. Why don’t we talk about how the EU wants to monitor all uploaded content? How they want to censor it behind a “copyright protection” stunt with its intentionally flawed bureaucracy?

    28/06/2018 Cory Doctorow, author, digital rights activist, and co-editor of the blog Boing Boing, has responded to this comment.

    28/06/2018 Maud Sacquet, Senior Manager of Public Policy at the Computer and Communications Industry Association, has responded to this comment.

  38. avatar
    Børge

    No. Europe is a continent, and Russia is the largest country on that continent.
    According to Google Maps, Berlaymont building in Brussels is located 3 h 35 m. by airlines from Kremlin in Moscow and 7 h 40 m. by airlines from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a.k.a. White House in Washington D.C.

  39. avatar
    Bódis

    The weapons industy and some oligarchs who want to gain control of new markets, resources and transport routes are working hard to achieve that.

    Que bono? / Who benefits?

    The benefitors are certainly not the people of the EU or Russia.

    ***

    If Eurasia had united then the know-how of the EU combined with the resources of Russia would make Eurasia the biggest global power. Guess who wouldn’t like that. >> check out George Friendman.

  40. avatar
    Chris

    Germany is the strategic enemy of europe. This is their 3rd war against the continent.

  41. avatar
    Peré

    When hasn’t it been? If we define Europe as the western alliance of democratic countries in Europe.

  42. avatar
    Christophe

    No.. The EU is the biggest enemy of the EU. Time for a citizens initiative to get our countries and currencies back.

  43. avatar
    Ivan

    Same old story, Germany & Russia – two Nations trying to control the whole of Europe. The only difference this time is Germany is using collaborators across the EU to create it’s empire instead of tanks.

  44. avatar
    Tony

    A strategic enemy of Europe? Isn’t Russia also Europe? It is the enemy of thw EU. But because the EU are a bunch of ignorant, lazy, corrupt manipulators. Should have never stuck their nose in Ukraine.

  45. avatar
    Zbigniew

    Do we really need to develop and evolve our societies through confrontations? I don’t think so, but of course we should pay attention and protect human rights all around the World. EUROPE/EU should be also an example for the World .. how to change everything in a democratic way.

  46. avatar
    jthk

    Russian threat is only an imagination but US threat is real. As we can see, in order to sustain its hegemony, the US is waging trade war with the whole world including its long term allies in Europe. Which country is Europe’s enemy is very clear.

  47. avatar
    Jurre

    People are only enemies if they are made to believe they are by politicians or preachers who deceive with sole regards for their own interests.

  48. avatar
    Julia

    Go green energy then. Lets free ourselves. Put people before money.

    • avatar
      Ivan

      Will you be the first to give up your easy life given to you by oil ?

  49. avatar
    Nikolas

    Θα τα πείτε μάννα μου στη Κωνσταντινούπολη και μας λέτε κι εμάς. Όχι πάντα τα Βαλκάνια στα ..σκαφά σας!

  50. avatar
    Mircea

    Not! And anyway Russia is in Europe. If Ukraina and Moldova will be in EU, will be the 5th place, maybe 6, russian people in EU. This means that Putin will have Russian in EU Parliament, European Comission, and so one.

    If I could be bad Putin, I let both countries in EU to be develope by European.

  51. avatar
    Atanas

    The lack of own policy and interest articulation is our strategic enemy. The Saudi and African savages across Europe are our strategic enemies, the CIA and KGB infiltrated European alcoholic and diabolic leaders are our strategic enemy. The eradication of our european values and history are our strategic enemy. The bureaucracy ineffectiveness and economic decline is our enemy along with the rising debt and the quantitative easing spectacular failure is the enemy. The subordinate position to Washington and Riyadh is our strategic enemy. The truth twisting fake mainstream is the enemy. Your overall incompetency to lead Europe is our strategic enemy!

    • avatar
      Manuel

      I agree, in principle, with you Atanas. The problem (or where I disagree) is that there is no “we” or “our own”. Europe is a club of many countries (near 30 countries). A long way was made for having this European Union, but this EU is not enough for having a sense of “we are”.

    • avatar
      Atanas

      Manuel Alonso, I cannot agree more with you on the “we” part as far as identity and history are concerned, however the issues I mention are common for whole Europe and they have to be treated internationally. My views on Europe are confederal, there are areas we should interact on global level and areas where we should be left alone to decide in our local communities. Don’t be so terrified that an Eastern European uses “we” , I visit you only for vacation and bring my own money:)

    • avatar
      Manuel

      Atanas you said «The Saudi and African savages across Europe are our strategic enemies,» :) well maybe your word (for Saudia) means the asian and african people with muslim religion. And the word African maybe is related with the black people from africa. The challenge is that we must not see the world having friends and enemies. The world´s economy is a very complex subject.
      Going back to the roots of Europe we will see that europeans on dark ages were brothers and knights ready to fight against invaders and have a mutual defense and having to fight for their lady. And this lady it could be any woman from any other european nation.
      Is better to use your own money, because we are using the money borrowed from the troika (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund) and my people are complaining a lot on the obliged social cuts.

    • avatar
      Martin

      I agree, Atanas. All those things you mention, can be a bit complex for the common folks. Russia is an easy target to point fingers at, and fingerpointing has always been needed. The more attention we have on Russia, the less attention we have on stuff that truly matters.

    • avatar
      Atanas

      The more we focus on the vital stuff and show determination to solve issues and overcome challenges, the less Russia will be tempted to sabotage Europe and deteriorate relations and use force to impose their national interests. We need to get back to the trade traditions of Europe and convince the common people and the elites all around the world, it’s better to trade and become wealthier then to go to wars for the international bankers interests.

  52. avatar
    Erik

    Economic ties with Russia are very important espesially with unpredictable Trump, though the occupation of the Crimea and Putin is a problem.

    • avatar
      Borislav

      George that is why Russian troops were needed, because it was all Russians there :D Give us a break…

    • avatar
      Erik

      George
      After Russia drove away the Turks, Crimea went Russian and after WW2 given away to Ukraine, yes, but Crimea still belongs to the Crimea tatars which were deported by Stalin.

    • avatar
      Ivan

      .

      The top 3 stupidest ideas ever to come from the ‘European’ Continent. 8|

      3. National Socialism

      2. Soviet Socialism

      1. The EU

    • avatar
      Erik

      Ivan
      # 2 and 3 agree.
      Everyone knows the EU is far from perfect, but to put it in the same line as the two others is just ridiculous.

    • avatar
      Ivan

      Erik That’s pretty much what they said about Nuremberg in 1938 & Moscow in 1922 comrade.

      You have learn’t nothing from your history & are destined to repeat it. We will be waiting to stop you again. 8|

    • avatar
      Erik

      Ivan
      Oh oh here we go again 🙄
      No, the EU is not what they concocted in ’38 in Neurenberg. Its created just to avoid such thing. France and Germany have too much power and the central/eastern countries should be more involved, true, but to compare the EU with nazi’s and communists is just to easy, my friend 😊
      Perhaps you have educate yourself a bit more.

    • avatar
      Erik

      Waiting to stop you again? Pls stay with your buddy Farage in your isolated UK and leave us alone. You’re the one who wants a Europe before WW1 and we all know were this ends.

    • avatar
      Borislav

      Erik do not mind Mr. Burrows, he lives in alternative world where Brexit and the fall of EU already happened…

    • avatar
      Erik

      Ivan
      You deleted your reply before i could answer it. I wonder why 🤔

    • avatar
      Manuel

      Ivan The Great Britain, and Ireland, and Iceland , and Sicily, and Madeira and Azores all these belong to the European Continent :) they do not belong to the African continent or the American continent

  53. avatar
    Paul

    Remove the word “now”…it has been since its inception.

    • avatar
      Ondra

      Yes, i find the way they formulate that question wrong. Why say “now”? It always has been. Anyone tell me one thing they made good for us/Europeans.

  54. avatar
    Dani

    Is Russia a strategic ultra corrupt country ? Or it’s just trying to revive imperialism ?

    • avatar
      Calin

      The answer is Yes.

    • avatar
      Ivan

      It is Brussels that is reviving imperialism.

    • avatar
      Martin

      Who is Brussels? Pls explain.

    • avatar
      Ivan

      Martin The unelected European Politburo comrade. 8|

    • avatar
      Filippo

      If only Ivan, if only…

  55. avatar
    Cãlin

    Whoever believes that Russia will accept being a fair partner to UE or inside UE or that will bow to international judicial authorities when its abusive actions will be contested believes in fairytales.

  56. avatar
    Στέργιος

    Russia, due to its large population and territory is enemy only to the Agloamerican language/mentality and that is why seems like an enemy to the west. Of course, as a Greek who speaks the base of both these languages English is less flat. Russia is an enemy to the democracy in general because it suffers from an incorrect constitution that allows one person to rule for unlimited years pretty much as in Germany. The limitation of a leader to 8 is what is very correct in the American politics and deserves to be followed. Russia as a christian nation could very well have been EU but its language/mentality is a threat to the west.

    • avatar
      Manuel

      For you the Greek language must be the mother of all the languages, at least the european ones… ya…

  57. avatar
    Ray

    Nope. Lack of European solidarity & unity are Europe’s No.1 real enemies.

    • avatar
      Erik

      So true

  58. avatar
    Alexandre

    Russia is counter-power of EU. However the economic ties are for sure the only thing preventing the scalation of agression. In culture EU and Russia are opossition to each other. Only the increase of diplomacy and more economic ties will make a culture merge and improved relationship. But…but… our social ties to USA are stronger. As long the USA keep antagonizong Russia, EU diplomacy wont overcome the Russia culture of “overpowering” neibours. EU must find diplomatic streng in smoothing Russia and increase population(culture) mingle.

  59. avatar
    Apostolos

    Yes, definitely! We want peace and quiet and they try to cause trouble to us all the time!

  60. avatar
    Konstantinos

    Europe as a “rat” and an escort of USA is an enemy o Russia

  61. avatar
    Giovanni

    No! Absolutely not! Russia must be the first ally!

  62. avatar
    Eggsy

    Maybe they will save us from our actual stupidity and political correctness

  63. avatar
    Octavian

    Absolutely. Eventually we will realise the only way is to stick together.

  64. avatar
    Arnout

    Yes. How can people even say no, when they invade europe and still keep pushing the border in georgia. Shot down and killed 300 EU civilians.
    They still own finish land and dont seem to be changing tactics.

    And that all under the regime of a dictator. Ofcours that spells flowers and peace.

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