- By Emily TamkinEmily Tamkin is a staff writer at Foreign Policy. She writes for FP’s The Cable, a real-time take on the news in Washington and the wider world. She has been at FP since the fall of 2016, before which she was an associate editor at New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington. She has a B.A. in Russian literature from Columbia University, an M.Phil. in Russian and East European studies from the University of Oxford, and studied Soviet dissidence in archival centers in Moscow, Tbilisi, and, on a Fulbright, in Bremen — all of which means that at FP, she writes when she can on Russia and Central and Eastern Europe.
Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. The holiday is not celebrated all around the world (and is in fact banned in some parts of it), but love between nations exists throughout the globe, even in these tense, trying times.
Here, then, are some Valentine’s greetings that various countries probably won’t send each other, but could.
You’re my northern star,
My great white friend.
Let’s still have each other
If NAFTA ends?
You could be my boo.
Please stop sending your Coast Guard
By the Senkaku.
To: West African regional leaders
That “sorry,” you never have to say.
Thanks for making our dictator go away.
From: The European Union
To: Germany, France, the Netherlands, and maybe Italy
We’re all Europeans,
All birds of a feather.
Those who have elections this year,
Let’s please keep it together.
To: The United States
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