But, at the heart of Palmer's piece is a lament that the European Union could play a more constructive role only "if it could overcome its own internal divisions," with that observation that "EU governments seem bereft of ideas for a long-term strategy to overcome a looming new division on the Eurasian continent."
Indeed, that is the reality. As my co-editor so often observes, there is no common interest between the 27 disparate states of the EU and without that, it is difficult to see how they can cobble together a coherent – or any – long-term strategy.
My concern is how long will the EU mandarins allow this 'division' to continue? Do we really think they will muddle along from crisis to crisis, unable to respond because they cannot achieve unanimity? Or will they, as I worry, use this as the pretext to impose policy on all member states and acting regardless of the views of those member states?