Despite widespread anger over the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, European nations have shied away from measures that would further isolate Russia. Dependent on Russian gas and oil, wary of confrontation on the Continent and alive to the fact of Russia’s proximity, Europe’s leaders have largely decided they will have to live with a newly assertive Russia. Read more >>
The cartoon by Adams from the Daily Telegraph features German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande. In the first panel, they are speaking with one voice: "We must send a very clear signal to Russia." In the second panel they are both waving white flags.
Waving a white flag is an internationally recognized sign of surrender. Neither Germany, which is dependent on Russian oil, and France, which is in the process of selling two Mistral warships to Russia, wants to risk upsetting President Putin with harsh sanctions.