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It Takes Three To Tango

The EU was handling Ukraine crisis reasonably well up until Yanukovych was deposed, but it has since lost its way. European leaders need to get their acts together.

Published on: March 12, 2014
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is a former German Minister of Defense and Minister of Economics & Technology. He is Chairman of Spitzberg Partners LLC and a Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Judit Vasarhelyi-Kondor, an associate at Spitzberg Partners LLC, contributed to the article.
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  • BobSykes

    This is absurd. When the legitimate, democratically elected government of the Ukraine rejected an inferior EU deal for the better Russian deal, the EU/US engineered a violent coup and installed an obediant junta. The EU/US created the crisis and is solely responsible for what happens next.

    • Tom

      That’s a slight overstatement of the situation. I don’t think anyone really has clean hands here.

    • Andrew Allison

      I agree that the article is utterly nonsensical. That said, it’s not clear that the EU actually engineered a coup (in which the violence was largely on the part of the government). What the EU may have done is give those who wish to tilt West rather than East false hopes of support which the EU is incapable of providing.

      The fact of the matter, as was obvious from day one, is that there was, and is, no way that Putin will permit the establishment of a pro-EU government in Crimea. While the culpability of the West is debatable, what is not, IMO, debatable is that the new government in Ukraine screwed up royally by not recognizing this, and granting full autonomy to Crimea. Doing so might well have kept the Russian Bear in its cage. At a minimum, it would have foreclosed the expansion beyond Crimea which no seems possible.

      As an aside, it is distressing that TAI would publish such tripe.

  • Pete

    Where does this guy get off writing ” However, our military alliance has to include contingency plans for all options ”

    All options? Is he nuts?

    And let’s get real. When he talks about NATO, he is actually saying the U.S. as the European military forces are pipsqueaks afraid of their own shadow.

    So to distill down what our boy here is saying is that America should be prepared to go to war over the Ukraine — the Ukraine, some basket case that has zero strategic interest to America except in the fevered imagination of neo-cons and loons like John McCain.

    That’ll be the day.

  • Blaton Hardey

    Yea right I’m gonna read something written by a guy who couldn’t even write his PhD thesis on his own. What happened to AI. #guttenberg

  • El Gringo

    “There is no question that Europe—in close cooperation with the United States—has a unique responsibility to help Ukraine get back on its feet.”

    Really? I’m going to question that. Why is that so? Do the E.U. and U.S. have a responsibility to help every economic and political basket case in the world or just the ones in which Russia has an interest?

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