Friday, 30 May 2014

A clear majority of Finns consider Vladimir Putin a threat to the stability of Europe

Most Finns consider this man a threat to the stability of Europe.

A clear majority of Finns have a realistic view about the dictator in neighbouring Russia:

Six out of ten Finns consider Russian president Vladimir Putin as a threat to security according to a new survey published by the magazine Talouselämä.

1000 Finns were asked whether Putin is a threat to the stability of Europe.

59 per cent of the respondents were of the opinion that Putin is a threat to Europe. Less than one-third, or 32 per cent did not consider Putin a threat to the continent's stability. Nine percent chose the option "do not know".

Thursday, 29 May 2014

This is no suprise: François Hollande ready for business with Putin despite of his annexation of Crimea

It is really sad that the French will have to wait for another three years until they have a new president:

PARIS — President François Hollande of France will use D-Day commemorations next week as an opportunity to assume a more direct diplomatic role in the Ukraine crisis, becoming the first European leader to meet face to face with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia since the Western effort to isolate him for his annexation of Crimea.
Though Mr. Hollande and lower-ranking French officials have been in regular contact with Mr. Putin and his inner circle for months, the French have played a more quiet role on Ukraine than the Germans and Americans. Recently, Mr. Hollande joined Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on a phone call with Mr. Putin.

Read the entire article here