The Tony Blair World Peace Tour Continues: Serbia 1999, Afghanistan 2001, Iraq 2003, Middle East 2007, Ukraine 2015

Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. He may have been right at the time, but these days there is a third of course: Anything which Tony Blair supports must axiomatically be wrong. Fresh from his successes in Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East, Peacemaker Blair, who just won’t give up, was invited to Kiev by the Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko and has been asked to “share his experience of public administration” […]

An Appeal to Angela Merkel to Fulfil Her Obligations Under Minsk II

Sehr geehrte Frau Merkel, I write this appeal to the person who I believe more than anyone holds the key to peace or war in Ukraine and possibly even Europe as a whole. As you are well aware, thanks in part to the role you played in brokering the 2nd Minsk agreement, there is at this current point in time relative calm in Ukraine. Yes there are occasional ceasefire violations — ceasefires almost never bring about perfect peace — but the […]

Does Kiev Have Any Obligations Under Minsk II?

The leaders of Germany, France, the UK, US, Italy, and the European Council held a video conference on Tuesday. After the talks, the German Chancellor’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, had this to say: “This means the sanctions [against Russia] can only be lifted if the Minsk agreement is fully implemented. At the same time, they confirmed they were ready to apply further sanctions in the case of a renewed escalation.” Ain’t that nice. There was me thinking that Minsk II placed […]