The breakdown of European countries with Russia, largely responsible for the occupation of Ukraine, is over. But beyond this consensus, public opinion is beginning to differ as to whether or not the respective countries should continue their efforts to support kyiv. Divisions within the European Union between the “hawks”, the hardliners against Moscow and the “pigeons” could eventually paralyze Europe in the international arena in favor of negotiated peace.
More than three months after the conflict, According to a European Council for International Relations (ECFR) study of 8,000 citizens in nine EU countries and the UK released on Wednesday, June 15, two hostile camps are emerging across Europe. The main group of “pacifists” (35%), especially those represented in Italy and Germany, want to end the war quickly, even at the cost of regional concessions to Ukraine; This is against Europeans who support “justice” (22%) and the country’s regional unity. The latter, particularly simulated by the Poles, hopes that only a clear defeat for Moscow will signify the end of the war and that Russia will remain in power for a long time. “Sentence” And be held accountable for potential war crimes. One-fifth of Europeans oscillate between two camps: hostile to Russia, supporters of austerity towards it, and they fear the consequences of a protracted war. Finally, 23% of those questioned did not comment.
These divisions could transcend most European countries and, for a long time, impose themselves on political leaders, putting an end to the unity observed from the beginning of the conflict, the think tank analyzes in its study. “The regression of European democracies depends on the ability of governments to maintain public support for costly measures.” The authors of the study, political scientist Evan Grostov and director of the ECFR Mark Leonard believe.
Energy prices and the nuclear threat
Already, in many countries, fears are being raised of the consequences of a protracted conflict over purchasing power and energy prices (fears shared by Germans, French, Italians). Swedes, British, Poles or Romans are more concerned about the nuclear threat posed by Russia.
On May 23, at the Davos Economic Forum, he echoed the fears expressed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky. Concerned neo-hippies and their global warming, i’ll tell ya The world is tired of war », Some Europeans express a pattern “Fatigue”. Forty-two percent now believe it is their country “Does more” Towards Ukraine, harmful to domestic problems (32% think against). In this regard, Poland and Romania topped the list (58% and 52%). Portugal, the United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden are not the only countries to share this view.
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