Otto von Habsburg fought for the unification of Europe after the Second World War (photo: dpa)

The political wisdom of Otto von Habsburg and the crisis in Ukraine

Otto von Habsburg (1912- 2011) – the son of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor - can be described as a man ahead of his time both in his thinking on European unity and in alerting the world to the potential creeping absorption by Russia of former Soviet states. In Archduke Otto’s last published book in 2006, he warned that Russian imperialism again nurtured the objective of conquering Ukraine, folding it into Russia and using it as a platform for further major operations in Europe. It was for this reason that Archduke Otto urged for Ukraine to be integrated into the European Union.

<i>Archduke Otto von Habsburg, born 1912, was the eldest son of Charles, Emperor of Austria and Ki...

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That if European politics and politicians had shared his views, today's tragedy in the Ukraine could have been avoided
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