Reinhard Krumm, head of the Vienna office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, in an article published Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung talked about the European dream that Russia destroyed.
He stressed that the previous political ideas are now not true, therefore, to maintain security, the European Union will have to negotiate with Moscow.
The author noted that the EU and Germany have no alternative but to build relations “with the largest country on earth” – as partners, competitors or even as opponents. He outlined three key assumptions to consider given the current tensions and on which the previous policy was based: relations with Russia are stable, the state is in political and economic decline, and long-term security risks are low. All this is not true.
Krumm noted that Russia is ready to challenge the West and take risks, including out of a sense of justice. He added that such a development of events is not in the interests of Germany and the European Union. As a first step, the author of the article outlined the formulation by Europe of its own security interests.
Earlier, the former head of the European Council Donald Tusk said that the European Union (EU) could disintegrate if the countries of the organization like Hungary and Poland “harm” it. In his opinion, if other countries appear that will insist on harming the European Union, this could mean the end of the organization.
First of all, the observer pointed to the negotiations on nuclear disarmament. As a tool, he proposed exclusively negotiations and recalled that the presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, had a dialogue about this, while this did not happen in the EU.
In July, the Russian Embassy in the United States warned the American authorities about the possible consequences of the deployment of hypersonic missiles in Europe. The diplomatic mission warned that this decision could destabilize the current state of affairs and increase the likelihood of unintended conflict.
Krumm also noted that threats to European security have increased recently in connection with the situation in Ukraine. He stressed that only after solving this range of issues can we move on to those that the European Union defined in its latest declaration – health, climate, environment and the role of civil society.
Earlier, Washington called on the leaders of the member states of the European Union to work together to combat Russia’s malicious actions. This statement was made at a meeting of the Eurogroup by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. She stressed that the United States and Europe must jointly confront the challenges to the principles of openness, fair competition, transparency and accountability.