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This is often tied to “zero-sum” thinking, which argues that something which is good for one person or country has to be bad for another.

In reality, however, international relations includes a vast array of different forms of cooperation, many of which are not zero-sum but “win-win” ie things which are good for one country or person are good for another too.

I thought of this when on 1 July Ukraine joined the Greek-led Balkan EU Battle Group, sometimes also known as the HELBROC Battle Group (an acronym for HELlas, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus). An EU Battle Group is a stand-by military force designed to give member states the ability to provide rapid response elements in support of the Petersberg tasks (“military tasks of a humanitarian, peacekeeping and peacemaking nature”).

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