Friday, in Baku, the first European Games opened. Spectacle and sport, international competition and unity, all of the things the world claims to want when we show our best sides in peace. It is yet another step in Baku’s emergence as a serious and aspiring democracy. It is a sign that decades of reform and growth are producing a profoundly European Azerbaijan, even as war looms with Armenia, who continues an occupation of much of Azerbaijan in violation of international law.
Yet despite this important symbol, some take issue with Baku’s hosting of the Games. (Their number includes Romania’s new president, …read more