Q1: Why hope that there would be a common front against ISIS? 

The downing of the Russian Metroject Flight 9268 over the Sinai Peninsula on October 31st – with 217 passengers – followed by the Paris attacks on November 13 – with 130 victims – could galvanize a common front against ISIS. Suspicion aside, public opinion in the West and Russia would be ready for that.

On November 20th, France became the first EU member-state to evoke Article 42 (7) of the Treaty of the European Uni...

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