as the u.s. is finding germany less and less hospitable [note nordstream and also germany passing on participation in various military/economic warfare actions] the u.s. has started locating forward elements in poland and the baltics. former soviet bloc countries have the greatest reluctance to cozy up to russia. otoh there's the example of hungary's orban who seems to be increasingly friendly with putin. some have also re-instituted travel barriers because of immigrant concern, but in contravention of the schengen agreement. i think brussels will become increasingly weakened and eu a looser grouping. the real problem in the euro, and what if anything happens with italy.