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Ukraine war accelerates shift of power in Europe to the east

By Steven Erlanger

26 Jan 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

"Old Europe" — including Germany and France — is losing geopolitical sway as countries in Eastern and Central Europe embrace hard power and gain influence, according to this sharp NYT analysis.

BRUSSELS — In August, in Prague, the chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, said it bluntly: “The center of Europe is moving eastward.”

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been a shock to the complacent European order, both to the European Union and to NATO. And it has underscored and enhanced the influence of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

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