The experiences of my last visits to Brussels and Paris gave me food for thought. At each hotel they tried to con me out of hundreds of Euros, which had previously been unthinkable at the “better” hotels of Western Europe. The taxi drivers, mainly in Paris, were so cheeky that they made their counterparts in Budapest look, with all possible just or unjust criticism, like only beginners, while the streets and hotel corridors were guarded by heavily armed soldiers to prevent any potential attack. Europe is living in fear, the world is changing; and we feel it ourselves, too!
The territory held by ISIS is decreasing both in Syria and Iraq. While the fight in Iraq is led by the USA, in Syria it is led by Russia, who cannot agree, even on the seemingly simple question of the fight against Islamic State which is vital for every country. The leaders of the westerncoalition regularly hold Russia, Iran and Syria responsible for events and refer to human rights breaches - mainly in the case of Aleppo - while continuing, also under the Obama administration, the same failed policy that is intended to punish the Russians; though western-European countries are as much affected by the introduced sanctions as Russia is.
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