PARIS NIGHT, UKRAINE and RUSSIA
One of the main strands in Paris Night foresees Russian preparations to re-take control of Ukraine, in part by manipulating pro-Russia "mafias" in the Balkans. The novel was exceptionally prescient in this respect.
The fundamental threat posed by Putin's invasion of Crimea and of Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine concerns the stability of post Berlin-Wall frontiers across Europe, and the credibility of the European Union and of NATO, the two poles of security for countries in Post-Soviet eastern Europe.
Russian aggression has revealed naivety, lack of foresight and incoherent, nationalistic energy policies in western Europe. It has also benefited from diplomatic, economic and military weakness within the EU which now faces expansion by Russia to the North, by disparate Islamic forces and Iran to the East, and a widening band of instability and Islamic radicalism to the South.
All of these matters provide some of the motives and action in Paris Night.
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