Charlie Chaplin is shown in a scene in the 1925 silent film 'The Gold Rush.' The Everett Collection
Actors Mabel Normand as Mabel (l.), Charlie Chaplin as Charlie, and Marie Dressler as Tillie Banks are shown in a scene from the 1914 silent film 'Tillie's Punctured Romance,' in this black and white photo. Courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive/AP
Charlie Chaplin in a scene with actress Edna Purviance in the 1917 silent film 'The Immigrant.' Newscom
Charlie Chaplin is shown in a scene in the 1936 silent film 'Modern Times.' Newscom
Buster Keaton (l.) and Charlie Chaplin are shown in a scene in the 1952 silent film 'Limelight.' Newscom
Charlie Chaplin is shown in a scene with actress Paulette Goddard in his first talking film 'The Great Dictator,' in 1940. Newscom
Charlie Chaplin (c.) is shown in a scene in the 1931 silent film 'City Lights.' Newscom
Charlie Chaplin is shown in a scene with actor Jackie Coogan from the 1921 silent film 'The Kid.' Newscom
Where is Europe as Vladimir Putin is about to pocket Crimea? Or more to the point: Who is Europe? As Putin’s Crimean gambit unfolds, we don’t hear much from London and Paris. Germany has moved to center stage, touting its responsibility for world order and taking a more active role.
Josef Joffe, Commentary contributor /
March 17, 2014
Where is Europe as Vladimir Putin is about to pocket Crimea? Or more to the point: Who is Europe? In the past, the answer was easy. On the strategic chessboard, Europe was Britain and France, the last two nations with global interests and at least remnants of a warrior culture.