The end of the Cold War was supposed to bring peace. When the Berlin Wall came down thirty years ago, on 9 November 1989, there were hopes that it heralded the dawning of a new era, freed from superpower rivalry, arms races, paranoia, and the threat of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). We were promised a “peace dividend”, and told we had reached the “end of history”.

What went wrong? In a recent BBC interview, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that tensions with Russia are once again putting the world in “colossal danger”:

As long as weapons of mass destruction exist, primarily nuclear weapons, the danger is colossal. All nations should declare – all nations – that nuclear weapons must be destroyed. This is to save ourselves and our planet.

The infamous “Doomsday Clock” of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which measures how close the world is to the apocalypse, is currently set to two minutes to midnight (the closest it’s been since the 1950s). In August 2019, the United States withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, prompting analysts to warn of a new nuclear arms race with Russia (and China).

Is the world in ‘colossal danger’? Are tensions with Russia putting us all at risk? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    EU Reform- Proactive

    Life remains risky!

    Just recently (15th Oct) the DE posed the question: “Who’s responsible for saving our planet? Governments, businesses or you”? The youthful answer: …“Individuals” True or false?

    There are MANY ways the world needs savings! We all & everyone is looking “inwards”- no exception! Even the DE/EU & Friends!

    Another measure: “The most good for the world country- index” :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X7fZoDs9KU (18min)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfrG2bidW5g (12min)

    or: “Who are the “goodest” countries on Earth”?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUYn7hZ4jMU

    Inward looking solution:….. “EU army”?

  2. avatar
    Maria

    Yes ,Cultural Marxism is dangerous

  3. avatar
    José

    yes it is, because you are doing nothing to fight corrupted politicians including inside EU states and EU parlement.

    • avatar
      Luis

      While there is a human in this planet there will be corruption and coming from the country of the we all abuse power if we can is even more interesting.

  4. avatar
    Любомир

    No, it’s all fear-mongering with purely political purposes. Pollution IS a huge problem for humanity and nature, but creating a doomsday cult won’t solve it.

  5. avatar
    Alexandre

    Yes. With nothing more to add as a cause or why.. It is. And that should be enough to change goverment and society.

  6. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Is the world in ‘colossal danger’?

    The world has always been in colossal danger. And what do you believe mankind will or can do anything to save it from itself. A Messiah complex is a mental health issue.

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