Leonid BershidskyBloomberg Opinion Columnist
At one of the world’s great art festivals in Kassel, Germany, any groundbreaking works were overshadowed by far left rhetoric of every national flavor.
As the world’s attention drifts away from a protracted, slower-moving conflict, Ukraine cannot afford to backslide and become less distinguishable from its enemy.
Most are essentially caretaker arrangements that represent, for both sides, bets on normalization, with Russian buyers bearing much of the risk.
Overcentralization hasn’t worked to make the country peaceful and prosperous.
Despite the constraints imposed by Germany’s past, geography and politics, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has made clear that he and the country stand firmly against Russian aggression.
As more and more Russians feel greater economic pain, nothing short of a full, nationwide descent into fascism can sustain the regime.
They are finding out for themselves through unofficial news sources or from other citizens — even if they are too cautious to admit it in a police state.