Flexing foreign policy muscles unfamiliar to the EU, says Estonian representative ({{commentsTotal}})

Mati Maasikas, head Estonia's representation at the EU, said the union has little confidence in its own power, but 2014 has taught it to act with more force.

The sharp decline in the ruble has led some in Brussels to ask if they have gone to far, Maasikas told ETV.

“The European Union was designed as a project of peace. Using its muscles in foreign policy has been foreign to the union. The common foreign and security policy is slightly over 20 years old,” Maasikas said, adding that some young people are unaware of their powers, not knowing they have grown stronger and being surprised by their own strength.

He said the EU is in such a position of not knowing the full extent of its powers, but this shall pass, and the EU will get used to its strength, learn to direct it and use it purposefully.

Many in Brussels believe Russia could attack as it has been forced into a corner and might have little other options. Maasikas said Estonia and other countries bordering Russia know from experience that it only attacks and expands its empire when it is strong, which is currently not the case. He said that Estonia has had to convince other EU members of this view.

Editor: J.M. Laats, S. Tambur

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