WorldPeriscope N° 71: Ukraine, what risk of contagion?

Periscope N° 71: Ukraine, what risk of contagion?


EXCLUSIVE LETTER SUBSCRIBERS – A 360° look at the international scene, by Philippe Gélie.

Dear subscribers,

First of all, I owe you an apology: the war in Ukraine kept me away from this letter for a month, even if a dozen editorials on the subject have, in the meantime, maintained the link with the readers of the Figaro. The war is certainly not over – far from it no doubt – but I will try to pick up the thread of our weekly exchanges. Starting with a crucial question: beyond Ukraine, is there a risk of contagion in Europe? Many are worried about whether we are on the verge of a “Third World War”: should we take this risk seriously?

A protest sign hangs outside the Ukrainian Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia. BENOIT TESSIER / REUTERS

Ukraine, what risk of contagion?

Hazards. Adolf Hitler is credited with this sensible remark for once: “The beginning of every war is like opening the door to a dark room: you never know what hides in the dark.” Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine, confident that his assault forces would break through enemy defences, penetrate to the heart of power in kyiv, kill or capture President Zelensky…

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