Angela Merkel says Putin’s ‘lost contact with reality’ by invading Crimea

National Post | Full Comment

Full Comment’s Araminta Wordsworth brings you a daily roundup of quality punditry from across the globe.  Today: Angela Merkel thinks Vladimir Putin “lost contact with reality” and is “living in another world.”

Or may be another era.

Russia’s invasion of the Crimea — and, maybe, south-eastern Ukraine — conjures up memories of Soviet Union.  Say 1956, when USSR tanks crushed the Hungarian uprising, or 1968 in Czechoslovakia.

The Russian president thinks he can behave in exactly the same way as his Soviet predecessors and get away scot free.

He’s being helped by the west’s usual indecision and waffling. They are democracies, after all, not a tyrannical kleptocracy like today’s Russia. This means it’s hard for them to move as decisively as Putin who suffers from no such checks.

Ironically, what may bring him down is capitalism. The ruble hit its lowest ever against the euro and the U.S. dollar Monday…

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