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El retorno de la geopolítica a Europa

BERLÍN – Con la invasión militar y anexión de Crimea por parte de Rusia, y la subsiguiente guerra en el este de Ucrania, el presidente Vladimir Putin dejó perfectamente en claro que no tiene ninguna intención de respetar la inviolabilidad de las fronteras y la primacía de las normas legales internacionales. Es hora de que los europeos pongan fin a su ilusión de un orden continental determinado por el régimen de la ley. El mundo, desafortunadamente, no es así. Es mucho más difícil, y rige el poder.

La intervención militar de Rusia en Siria y la crisis de refugiados de Europa subrayan este punto. Europa debe admitir que si no se ocupa de sus intereses geopolíticos, tarde o temprano las crisis en las regiones vecinas llegarán hasta su puerta.

A diferencia de Estados Unidos, Europa no es una isla continental aislada por océanos. Es el extremo occidental de la gigantesca masa de tierra de Eurasia. Europa del este, Medio Oriente y el norte de África son sus vecinos directos, y este vecindario inestable plantea los mayores riesgos para la seguridad de Europa en el siglo XXI.

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