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The 52nd Munich Security Conference (12th February 2016) was dominated by two issues: Russia’s threat to eastern Europe, and Syria’s ongoing civil war.
Discussion of the latter also was marked by the inherent threats to Europe, from the flow of Middle Eastern refugees to the growing aggressiveness of the so-
Observers at the conference and in think tanks warn that Europe is facing a convergence of crises unseen since World War II. While these warnings may be exaggerated – consider various Cold War standoffs or the identity-