Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian | November 12, 2010
EU national rivalries are a standing invitation for any major world power to divide and rule. ++ In relation to China and Russia, EU member states want the EU's collective stance to be tougher than their own individual ones. ++ Yet, the future of the planet depends on Europe having a constructive and stable relationship with the rising East. ++ Even if things go well, what Europeans achieve in concentrating their power resources will only just compensate for a relative loss of power to the re-emerging old-new giants in the East.