A report reflects that the unity of Europe against the war is in danger due to the increase in the cost of living
A new report based on a European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) survey conducted in ten European countries (including nine Member States of the EU and Great Britain) reveals that Europeans remain united against the war in Ukraine but that the problems derived from it -such as therising cost of living and immigration management– could weaken support for Kiev and jeopardize the unitary stance.
Russia is considered an “adversary” or “rival” by 66% of Europeans, and by more than 50% of respondents in all countries except Romania. Divergences have also been detected between the positions of Italy and the rest of Europe.
The authors of the report, Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard, are of the opinion that, despite the unanimity between the left and the right, the pressures for inflation and the potential increase Migratory flows as a problem could “blow up” Europe's position towards Ukraine. Such unity is especially vulnerable to changes in the US position, experts say.
The ECFR report, titled ‘Fragile unit: Why? What Europeans Are Rallying About Ukraine (and What Might Divide Them)’ has been written by two foreign policy experts and is published by the author. based on surveys conducted in Great Britain, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain.
One year later Since the start of the war, the paper shows that the fissures in the Western coalition have narrowed and that many political parties on both the left and right now seem to be united in their support for Kiev and the Axis fight. Ukrainian army to recover their lost territories. Public opinion in Europe -he adds- is becoming more and more difficult. This has moved away from the preference of ending the war as soon as possible, including territorial losses for kyiv, and perceptions towards Russia have hardened.