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How Europe should respond to increased Russian aggression

Putin’s malign influence must be countered

By Liam Byrne  

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Alexei Nikolsky/Tass/PA Images

It has been a tough decade for Europe. The euro crisis, migrant crisis, terrorist attacks and a resurgence of the nationalist right have pushed its politics to breaking point. Now a new crisis looms as Russian aggression finally splits the unity of the Gorbachev era, and, from the Baltic to the Black Sea, a new darkness descends.

It was thirty years ago that President Gorbachev laid out a vision of a “common European house,” a vast home to the rule of law…

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