One of the most remarkable aspects of this crisis is the massive, clear and universal divergence between the peoples of Europe and their governments on the subject of Ukraine, if the balance of reader comments in a whole slew of online papers and media are to be counted. All over Europe, the majority of commentators oppose the position of their governments, disbelieve the message the media is pumping out and above all express grave suspicions about the US. In every publication, of right and left, bullish pieces by warmongers are trashed by hundreds or even thousands of comments to the contrary. These people don't support Putin, nor are they blind to his manifold wrongdoings - they're saying clearly and universally that their own governments are wrong. Even here, on an unashamedly right-wing blog, only a single commentator unreservedly supports Cameron's silly words. The ratio is about the same as that in the Telegraph - a bastion of RW traditionalism.
If the EU saw this as a 'beneficial crisis' to boost support for European federation, or to improve the publicity ratings of governments that are everywhere increasingly distrusted by voters, it may spectacularly have backfired. The reason may be Europe's own open borders; we all now know and work with Slavs, shop with them, share public transport with them, joke with them in bars and pubs. We know that they're not brainwashed bogeymen, but just ordinary folk no different from us. The old propaganda just doesn't work any more.