THE EUNATICS: losing the battle for Ukraine, losing control of illegal immigration
When it comes to solving the highly flammable and destabilising mayhem in Ukraine, you wouldn’t start on the square marked Catherine Ashton. But she chaired a headless chicken meeting of EU foreign ministers yesterday, because alarmingly, she is in charge of this sort of thing. Her own version of Cobra (Worm?) agreed to issue asset freezes and travel bans against individuals “deemed responsible for violence and excessive force”. Ashton said this was “a matter of urgency”, although “negotiations between the two sides are progressing”.
Faced with an urgent crisis, I’m not sure tickling the underarms of a few security officers (chosen at random by Brussels wonks) fills me with optimism. William Hague got behind Ashton, saying he supported the sanctions but had to hurry off for another meeting in Washington. However, it was clear that France, Germany and…
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