Friday 15 December 2017

A long, hot summer - but globally we are returning to darkness of the Middle Ages

Talks in Minsk including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko
Talks in Minsk including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko

As I saw my children off to school this morning, I thought of the brilliant summer they just had. It was one of those early teenage and pre-teenage summers where everything is possible and where all sorts of opportunities present themselves in increasingly confusing varieties. It also struck me how much has changed in our world since they left school in June,.

In June, the world appeared to be a relatively peaceful place with the exception of Syria. Many articles were written in June about the centenary of the Sarajevo assassination. The general theme was that although the world is not always stable, the notion that there might be wars with new countries created, old ones collapsing and resulting mass expulsions of populations, was far-fetched.

By September, no one can be too sure.

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