British politicians are more than capable of committing blunders, but so too are their continental opposite numbers.
Whether or not you want to bin Johnson, it’s important that we give his replacement some serious thought.
It is an essential British interest that Putin’s efforts to split Germany, France and Italy from the front line states fails.
Both countries look set to continue to rub along uneasily, mixing elements of cooperation and competition along the way.
Germany, Hungary, Italy and Bulgaria are highly dependent on Russian gas exports, raising the prospect of bitter arguments to come.
Liberal commentators can no longer use the former Chancellor as a stick with which to beat British Prime Ministers.
It should remain a long-term aim but ensuring that we can generate the energy we need without a reliance on overseas sources should come first.
Just as its energy dependence on Russia cannot be reversed overnight, decades of drift into quasi-pacifism reflect a deeply embedded outlook.
Britain’s calling is to lead the Anglosphere, a great power almost no one has given nearly enough thought about.
Schröder and Merkel long insisted Putin was a trustworthy partner, but Germany under Scholz has now been forced to take the side of freedom.
NATO has to accept that the Germans will never voluntarily take part in another war against the Russians.
Any liberal-minded person must reject the demonisation of the unvaccinated, who are free to make choices about their own health.
I’m more relaxed about the frontiers of the state rolling forward than some. But all the way into my bloodstream? Not without my say so.
It is worth noting the lack of a German, and therefore European, consensus on the foreign policy challenges facing the West, particularly on Russia and China.