Battle for Ukraine
Europe Reaches for a Longer Baguette
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  • TommyTwo

    “Europe Reaches for a Longer Baguette”

    The size of the EUnuchs’ baguette is irrelevant; they might well find themselves impotent when faced with Putin’s weighty brass.

    [You started it!]

    “Ukraine—a poorer, bigger Poland”

    Trolling for pagehits, are we? 🙂

    • Andrew Allison

      It rather looks that way. May we assume that your reference to Putain’s brass referred to a pair? If so, the analogy is inept; it’s the EU which, as you note, has been emasculated.

      • TommyTwo

        Hmm, it seems to me as if that’s what I’m conveying. (And that’s all from me for the next dozen hours; my computer needs some therapy/flogging.)

  • Andrew Allison

    This is incredibly shallow commentary. It overlooks both the fact that Poland’s interest in the Ukraine is simply as a buffer against Russia and that Poland’s is one of the more successful economies with the EU. Poland’s share of the enormous cost to the EU of bribing the Ukraine to turn west rather than east will be negligible compared to the benefits.

  • Jim__L

    The question is, would Ukraine be joining “the EU”, or “the EU periphery”?

    A Ukrainian of my acquaintance is worried that the benefit of Ukraine’s entry into the common market would be a whole lot more valuable to Germans than it would be to Ukrainians. Ukrainian industry, mostly in the East, uprooted from its deep ties with Russia, might not be able to compete very well. The agrarian West — which is more keen on the EU in the first place — would have better luck.

    Would Ukraine become the next Poland? Or would it become the next Greece?

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