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Europe and Russia – Article in the International Herald Tribune

Perhaps the parallels with Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968 are not that far-fetched?
Several lessons for Europe should be evident.

The European Union must be united and firm in its foreign policy, which has to be backed up by a credible military capacity. European countries should continue pursuing free-market reforms; economic strength will help Europe pursue policies that reflect European values. Energy dependence on Russia must be ended.

Georgia has been one of the most successful examples of reform of the 21st century, and should be an inspiration to others.

Gunnar Hökmark, Brussels Member of the European Parliament, Vice president, European Enterprise Institute

Johnny Munkhammar, Brussels Senior fellow, European Enterprise Institute