♦ President Putin’s Crimea intervention has won widespread support within Russia and sparked a debate over the country’s Soviet past.
♦ The Ukraine crisis has provided the EU with a cue to start thinking strategically.
♦ Chrystia Freeland says we must stop pussyfooting around Putin’s regime.
♦ Prince Turki al-Faisal, the man who headed Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service for 24 years, has Lunch with The FT.
♦ The New York Times profiles one Saudi’s “Lonely, costly bid for Sunni-Shia equality.”