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Archived Articles 04 Apr 2009  EWR
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Defending liberalism in Tallinn

BARACK OBAMA, Nicolas Sarkozy and Dmitry Medvedev are looking at an island on a lake. The American president walks there across the water and waits for the others. Mr Sarkozy follows. The Russian head of state steps out too, but within a couple of seconds is up to his neck in water. “Shall we tell him where the stepping stones are?” asks Mr Sarkozy. “What stepping stones?” replies Mr Obama.

That joke lifted the mood at a sombre opening session of the annual Tallinn security conference…

Read the full Europe.view column that appeared on the Economist.com website on April 2 here:
http://www.economist.com/world...
 
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