On this 4 February we came very close to have a truly European newspaper, as most of European dailies have chosen the same picture to illustrate Russia's tightening grip on Crimea, in the Ukraine, officially to protect the Russian-speaking population. Russian president Vladimir Putin's yesterday's chopper trip to Kirillovsky's military facilities near Saint-Petersburg seem to be martial enough to match with bellicose headlines.
In some countries, like Spain or Sweden, almost all the main newspapers have made the same, at this point, embarrassing, choice.
'Putin imposes himself in Crimea' - ABC, Madrid.
'Putin takes steps toward war' - El Mundo, Madrid.
'The US and the EU try to stop Putin's escalation in the Ukraine' - El País, Madrid.
'Putin attacking' - ABC, Madrid.
'Putin refuses to back down' - Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm.
'Putin defies the world' - Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm.
'Russians play risk' - De Morgen, Brussels.
'Ukraine crisis' - Berlingske, Copenhagen.
'Russian roulette on Crimea' - Dnes, Prague.
'Russia takes Crimea' - Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw.
'War fears decimate Russia stocks' - Financial Times, London.
'Europe and the USA warn Putin' - Corriere della Sera, Milan.
'Demonstration of power in Crimea' - To Ethnos, Athens.
'Fleeing from Russia' - Handelsblatt, Düsseldorf.
'"Crimea, Russia, Sebastopol"' - Izvestiya, Moscow.
'War of nerves' - Público, Lisbon.
'A Czar has to protect what is his' - NRC Next, Amsterdam.
'Ukraine. Putin's war' - Libération, Paris.
'Europe wants to bring back Putin to reason' - Le Soir, Brussels.