Don't Go Soft on Putin

Europe is struggling to deal with Russian manipulation in eastern Europe, and not just in Ukraine.

Soft power requires a firm handshake.

Photographer: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia under President Vladimir Putin doesn't rely much on soft power to get its way abroad, in the same way it doesn't do much liberal democracy at home. It does, however, do manipulation, and Europe is only just waking up to how much and how well.

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