Report, the war in Ukraine is a real test for the European Union… and it failed.
Published on 19.11.2022
Researcher and associate professor of economics and political science at Webster University in Vienna, Ralf Schellhammer, underlined that “the war in Ukraine was the first real test for the European Union”.
Ralf Shellhammer, asserted that “the war in Ukraine has revealed deep divisions between the Member States of the European Union”.
The British researcher underlined that “the war in Ukraine was the first real test for the European Union, supposed to prove its ability to act as an independent geopolitical actor”.
“After eight months, it has become clear that the European Union has failed,” Shellhammer added, noting that “European Union countries, after this period, are unable to form a unified position on any particular issue.”
“Since February, the 27 member states of the European Union have been seeking only to achieve their national interests,” he said.
According to the researcher, “the problems related to the coordination of foreign policy decisions in Europe began from the beginning of the Russian special operation, to the point that the countries of the European Union were not even able to formulate a united position on the sanctions against Moscow”.
It should be noted that after the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, Western countries intensified the pressure of sanctions against Moscow, but these sanctions caused an increase in fuel prices and huge inflation in the countries of the European Union and the United States.
Hungary recently called on European Union leaders to admit that sanctions have hurt Europe and caused its economy to decline. The Hungarian Foreign Ministry has indicated that the Union is seeking to impose new sanctions on Russia, in order to “justify its previous bad decisions” that it took towards Moscow.
This was also confirmed by the former Undersecretary in the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, Michele Gracchi, who said in an interview with the Lebanese satellite channel Al-Mayadeen that “European countries are suffering from the consequences of the sanctions, noting that “deflation is caused by an increase in energy prices, following European Union sanctions” against Moscow.