Monday, January 22, 2007
The Merkel-Putin summit over the weekend appears to have put the Russia-Germany relationship back on track. Germany certainly doesn't appear interested in carrying US water for promoting alternatives to Russia as the primary energy supplier from the Eurasian space and instead is committed to making Germany Russia's energy base--which in a decade means that Germany will no longer have its energy held hostage by states further east who have problems with Russia.
Serbian elections: Radicals take the largest share of seats but are in the minority--will the parties that favor closer ties with Europe heed President Tadic's call to quickly form a viable coalition, or could Serbia face the same thing as Ukraine did with the meltdown of its Orange coalition?
America may still be the world's leading power but other countries are closing the gaps, as China's anti-sat missile test demonstrates.
in stability or lack thereof, in the Western Balkans.
As per the Chinese missile test, while it is more evidence of increasing Chinese military prowess, per se, that is less worrying from the perspective of continuing American hegemony, in the world system, than the disaster of the whole Iraq adventure, as well as the whole non-policy vis-`a-vis Israel and the Palestinians. From that perspective, the Chinese missile test, is small beer indeed.