At Euros: Javier Fernandez, GP finalist and Skate Canada winner; Brian Joubert, 4th at 2012 Worlds, with 16 ISU Championship medals to his credit (he was sick during the GP); Florent Amodio, 5th at Worlds, 2012 GP medalist, past European champion.
No, neither of these events is the strongest it's ever been, but there's no need to be insulting. Plushenko must do what he can to conserve his health, he's had numerous injuries and he can't skate a full season; he needs to focus on events that are close to home and offer a great chance for success (also ISU points and minimums, in the case of Euros). He'll face tougher competition than Patrick Chan will at his own Nats, that's for sure. Plushenko's Euros score last year was 3rd on the season's best list, and like it or not, Euros is still a prestige event. So absolutely, he remains a threat - he has Mishin jump technique and is a born competitor. You think the Russian Fed doesn't want Olympic medal no. 4 for him in Sochi, preferably of the golden variety?
That said, I'm not seeing any grand conspiracy behind the posts regarding the interview, as previous posters have suggested.