As the US and EU square off over Russia sanctions, only Putin can win | Natalie Nougayrède

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Instead of applauding Washington’s moves against Putin, the EU is furious. Russia’s leader is again profiting from the craziness around Donald Trump

• Natalie Nougayrède is a Guardian columnist

Mike Pence, the US vice-president, is on a European tour this week to assure allies that “America First doesn’t mean America alone”. But Europeans are dismayed by the craziness pouring out of Donald Trump’s White House. “When will this madness end?” a former prime minister of Finland recently tweeted. “Please America, go back to how you were: great and all.”

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If Europe has a card to play in Washington, surely it is more with Congress than the Oval Office

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