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Maria Tadeo

Don't Try to Guess Putin's Next Move. Just Listen

Europe isn’t paying enough attention to the Kremlin’s wartime messaging. There’s a real effort to stoke social unrest.

Pay attention.

Pay attention.

Photographer: MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP

All indicators are flashing red for Europe. 

Warnings about a winter recession are growing louder, the single currency is slipping and the energy market is already in crisis mode. But European governments are still running three steps behind — in large part because they spend too much time second-guessing Russia’s next moves. Instead, they should be paying closer attention to what Moscow is pushing for: social unrest.