With an eye on boosting its profile amongst key players on the international stage, the First Connecting Eurasia Dialogue in Brussels ended its 15 March summit with barely a whimper as representatives from the EU and others in the West’s diplomatic circles opted to stay clear of the event, whose aim was to discuss how to bring Europe and Asia closer together in the period of political and economic turbulence in the world.

Italy was the one outlier among EU members as Rome sent a delegation to...

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