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Has the West Already Lost Ukraine? - NYTimes.com

When, on Saturday, Ukraine's new leaders thanked all of those who had contributed to the overthrow of President Viktor F. Yanukovych, the European Union was one of the last to be cited. And deservedly so: At the height of the crisis, the most the union was ready to do was announce sanctions against individual members of Mr. Yanukovych's regime.

It is true that the foreign ministers of Germany and Poland worked hard to negotiate a truce between the opposition and Mr. Yanukovych. But their determination came not from the belief that a strong Europe stood behind them, but rather from the awareness that the West would not defend the opposition if it came under attack by Mr. Yanukovych's armed forces or those of President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

The events of the last week have made it clear that the European Union is an attractive economic arrangement -- but one that is devoid of opportunities for pursuing serious foreign or defense policies.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Feb 25th, 2014 at 08:07:32 AM EST

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