Europe wins a gold medal for defeatism

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Author(s) Gerard Baker
Source The Times
Date August 15, 2008
Quotes-start.png "But we can make life very uncomfortable for Mr Putin. Russia is not the Soviet Union. Its recent (relative) prosperity depends on its continuing integration into the global economy. It sets great store by the recognition that it gains from a seat at the high table with the great powers in the G8. It wants to elevate that status farther by joining the World Trade Organisation and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development." Quotes-end.png

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This item argues for the position Russia should be removed from the G8 on the topic 2008 South Ossetia war.