Exit – Stage left?July 15, 2014
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances; ”
As You Like It – William Shakespeare
Which leads nicely to a tweet yesterday – and geopolitical entrances and exits:
— Nikolai Holmov (@OdessaBlogger) July 13, 2014
How else to put it?
Inaction once more, at a time that is clearly now or never with regard to sector sanctions and Russia, will remove any notion/delusion the EU as an entity may have of its being a global player. When seen to be going far beyond hesitant in its own backyard, it forces the perception of being simply weak, ineffective, and comprising of a lot of form but no substance when directly challenged.
Will the Member States of the EU so undermine it as an entity – regionally and globally – by failing to agree to act in its own backyard again?
Exit – Stage left, for the EU as a serious geopolitical player having been so directly and publicly challenged by The Kremlin?
It shouldn’t be a tough call to make by way of decisions that will be made – and that it is, already seriously undermines what the EU claims to be all about.
If – and probably when – the US acts alone, the EU can take its cue, having fluffed its lines, and shuffle quietly off the stage.