Re: The comings and goings of the European Union Reply #175 – 2022-04-07, 10:00:04 Quote from: jax on 2022-03-30, 11:49:55But every choice constrains the subsequent choices. And we have to build on the actual actions, not scenarios and modelling. The way actual (analysis of) international relations work, everything is in the toolbox: Considering past choices and current options as a start, and then building on this by means of scenarios and modelling. Without the latter, one would be unable to assess the consequences of one's own action or inaction - such assessment being the main goal of analysis -, and one would be unable to draw lessons from the past.And, yes, the EU demonstrates itself time and again unable to draw lessons from its own past mistakes. They have a really hard time bringing themselves to acknowledge that they have done mistakes. They would perhaps excuse themselves "We made no promises" which is just totally irresponsible, criminal stupidity.Here's an overview of the strategic partnership between Russia and Europe, the way the EU was seeing things in 2004. The author correctly sees Russia and Putin as quite incompatible with the EU, both as indicated by natural interests of the entities and by direct official statements of Putin.However, in 2004 the aim was to give some "partnership" a try and the author proposes a test case: To resolve the Transnistria conflict by means of multilateral cooperation. From most of the article I'd deduce that the author was smart enough to understand that the proposal was ridiculous and it was only thrown out as a joke, as an indication that there is really nothing the EU and Russia could meaningfully partner on. Namely, the Transnistria conflict is 100% manufactured by Russia, so to try to resolve it with Russian cooperation means to deploy Russia to work against its own interests, which is sure to backfire even if the conflict were nominally "resolved" with something stupid such as joint peace-keeping patrols.A side point in the article caught my attention:QuotePutin has gone to great pains to put the question of visa-free travel on the agenda with the EU and has met with some success.So, the author is saying that the initiative for visa freedom between Russia and the EU came from Russia. But on the Baltic countries it was pressured entirely by German chancellors. The simple conclusion is that German chancellors are Putin's puppets, nothing less. I did not know that Germany was this corrupt. But now I can reasonably assume that it is far more corrupt than public information lets on.