The Munich Security Conference used to be the place where Western leaders talked about bad and dangerous things happening elsewhere in the world. This year the conversation was all about bad and dangerous things imperilling democracy at home. Donald Trump topped everyone’s threat list. The Europeans were alarmed by the US president’s opening weeks; the Americans promised to do their best to hold him in check. Some things do not change. Sergei Lavrov, the veteran Russian foreign minister, turned up to deliver his ritual charge of Nato perfidy. The Kremlin, though, has lost some spring from its step since Russophile-leaning Michael Flynn was forced out as Trump’s national security adviser. The terrible conflict in Syria had Western heads shaking in knowing powerlessness. Many warned of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s revanchist ambitions. As for Trump, stories abounded of a dysfunctional administration, eccentric working habits and power struggles between inner circle ideologues an...

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