The negotiations between Greece and the EU bring to mind Themistocles, a man who knew when to retreat and when to fight.
Almost before the votes were counted in the recent Greek elections, battle lines were being drawn all over Europe.
Sectors of the ultra-right with fascist and Nazi origins were allowed to run riot by the respectable" conservatives who took over the Ukrainian government in February.
Tragic when it doesn't occur to an economics minister that needed investments in infrastructure and education could be made if only taxes on the upper class were increased.
People with their own agendas push their versions of who is to blame, there is a shooting war between military forces and local militias, and half a million refugees have crossed into Russia.
During the week ending on May 25, voters in the 28 countries of the European Union voted for members of the 766-member European Parliament.
The problem is that there was no involvement of disaffected elements from primarily Russian-speaking communities in Eastern Ukraine in the talks that led to the announcement.
If you want to understand why our government is so worked up about Ukraine, a good place to start is with U.S. actions in Yugoslavia some 25 years ago.
The U.S. and its allies may rail against the referendum in the Crimea; Scots will consider a very similar one on September 18, and Catalans would like to do the same.
Commenting on Ukrainian developments, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius pooh-poohed the idea that there is a fascist danger.