Articles on View from the Capitals

View from Warsaw: Deterrence above all (Commentary)

Piotr Buras and Adam Balcer - 17 October 2016

What is distinct about Poland’s attitude to Russia is its genuine conviction in the potential for conventional military conflict with Moscow.

View from London: Pragmatic continuity (Commentary)

Joanna Hosa - 14 October 2016

Russian actions in Ukraine and Syria will frustrate any attempts at a shift in UK policy on Russia.

View from Athens: Towing the line (Commentary)

George Tzogopoulos - 14 October 2016

The new reality of Greek acquiescence to EU policy hides deep ideological differences.

View from Budapest: The status quo might just do (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Vegh - 14 October 2016

Hungary will certainly oppose additional sanctions, but it is unlikely to veto a prolongation.

View from The Hague: An eternal balancing act (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 14 October 2016

Prime Minister Rutte, needing as much EU support as he can, will be firm on the status quo and extremely careful with everything else.

View from Stockholm: Not the time for frailty (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 14 October 2016

Given Russia’s multiple moves to up the ante in recent weeks, Stockholm sees no reason for the EU to change direction.

View from Sofia: In the shadow of elections (Commentary)

Denica Yotova - 14 October 2016

Bulgaria's Russia policy could go in any direction after 6 November.

View from Madrid: The many-faced Janus (Commentary)

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 14 October 2016

Spain is inclined towards conditional accommodation with Russia but tends to refrain from open overtures towards Moscow.

View from Rome: Reflection before renewal (Commentary)

Silvia Francescon - 14 October 2016

Italy sees the European Council as a forum for policy and political discussion, where measures should be debated instead of simply adopted. 

View from Paris: The Syrian prism (Commentary)

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 14 October 2016

'Selective engagement' echoes perfectly France's preferred approach to Russia.