Russia divides Old and New Europe


Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (L) watches Polish President Andrzej Duda (R) signing the guestbook in Tallinn, Estonia, 23 August 2015.

Russia divides Old and New Europe

There is a different sense of geography, a different sense of geopolitical threats, and even a cultural cleavage between Old Europe and New Europe. The cleavage of “old versus new” (Europe) was coined by the former US Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, in 2003. Rumsfeld’s use of the term described the lack of enthusiasm by NATO’s “old” member states to join the war in Iraq, as opposed to its newest members. But, the significance of the cleavage seems to have outlived that particular period.

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