Greg Sheridan of the Australian gives his depressing view of the situation.
There is no occasion here for schadenfreude. Europe's tragedy is a setback for all mankind, and especially for that strange entity that we call the West.
To think coherently of the West, you must conceive of it being led by the US, embracing Canada, central and western Europe, Japan and Australia.
These nations are all meaningfully democratic. They are all rich, or relatively so. They all run mixed, capitalist economies. And they are linked in a common security network, NATO, or the US alliances with Japan and Australia.
They provide the lion's share of international aid and, though hopelessly outnumbered at the UN, they still provide most of what pass for international norms.
But this is a very poor season in the West.
At no time since its core societies were stabilised after World War II has Europe looked so ratty, so impotent, so much at the end of its tether. It still lectures the world on everything from the correct label for cheese to the urgent need to impose more taxes, carbon or otherwise. But it can no longer run its own still fabulously rich societies with even a modicum of efficiency or legitimacy.