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World War I (1914-1918)
European 'butter power'
European 'butter power'

There is war in Europe. I'm not using the historic present tense to evoke August 1914. I'm talking about August 2014. What is happening in eastern Ukraine is war — “ambiguous war” as a British parliamentary committee calls it, rather than outright, declared war, but still war. And war rages around the ragged edges of Europe, in Syria, Iraq and Gaza. I do not say “Europe is at war.” Most European countries are not directly engaged in armed conflict. Still, we should be under no illusions. For decades, we have lived with the comforting notion that Europe has been at peace since 1945. This was always an overstatement, and not least in the 1990s, when...

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