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Outrage over the rise in the cost of living has come to the fore in Europe

Are the Europeans ready to compete with the Russians in an endurance contest?

Wall Street Magazine writes that Putin has dealt a blow to the most vulnerable spot of the leaders of the countries of the European Union – their electoral rating. The conflict between Ukraine and Russia creates extremely unfavorable conditions for the election campaign of European politicians; Europeans are already reluctant to participate in the endurance contest that Biden predicts: “I do think that at some point it will become… a waiting game in terms of what the Russians can take and what Europe will be willing to take.”

Washington Post publishes the results of a survey that showed how EU citizens are concerned about the economic consequences of Western support for Ukraine. Readers VP doubt that their country is being led on the right path. A survey conducted in ten European countries showed that outrage at the rising cost of living on the continent came to the fore.

Respondents were divided into those who spoke “for peace”, even if this would require concessions from Ukraine, and those who consider “justice” a priority, even if this leads to a protracted conflict. Approximately one fifth oscillate between these two positions and still want to see a “strong European response.” The rest of the survey participants were unable to clearly articulate how Europe should respond. More than a third of those polled want the conflict to end as soon as possible, even if Ukraine has to cede part of the land; 22% say the conflict should continue for as long as it takes to “punish” Russia.

In all ten countries where the survey was conducted, with the exception of Poland (anti-Russian sentiments in Poland are of an existential nature), those who are “for peace” are more than those who are “for justice”. Europeans are seriously concerned that their governments are prioritizing “acting against Russia rather than addressing other important issues such as rising inflation and the cost-of-living crisis”.

And the closer winter, the weaker the position of supporters of dubious “justice”. For those who have the most vulnerable spot in their electorate, a difficult choice: “In Europe’s major economies, elections will take place closer to next winter, when the lack of Russian gas in Europe’s homes and businesses will be most acutely felt. Germany, which is heavily dependent on Russian gas supplies, will begin its electoral test in October with regional elections in the federal state of Lower Saxony. Italy, another major importer of Russian gas, faces nationwide elections in the middle of next year.”

The results of this poll, published on June 15, showed that Europeans are divided on how long they are willing to endure the economic consequences of the conflict. The authors of the study, Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard of the European Council on Foreign Relations, believe that European sentiment will influence EU policy towards Ukraine: “The results of the survey showed that European public opinion is gradually changing, … the most difficult times may lie ahead of us.” European and American politicians also admit: it won’t get better.

Poll Washington Post and Schools of Politics and Government crowd George Mason University, most Americans expect prices to continue rising next year and are adjusting their spending habits.

Inflation, which has reached a forty-year high in the US and exceeded 33%, has led to an increase in prices for almost everything, including basic necessities – gasoline, food, housing. General prices have risen 8.3 percent over the past year. According to the survey, 8 out of 10 Americans say they have started looking for cheaper groceries, and about three-quarters are cutting back on dining and entertainment visits or postponing planned purchases. More than a third of Americans say the recent price hike has been a major financial stress for them, with fears peaking among low-income households.

New White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is clouding Americans’ heads: “Now we do not see a recession. We are not in a recession! We are now in a transitional period where we are moving towards a point of sustainable growth.”says madam. However, Republican Congressman Lance Gooden says otherwise: “I’m afraid Americans won’t get better for some time yet … The Biden administration continues to pour expensive gasoline on the fire and refuses to admit its guilt. They blame Russia, energy companies. We are asking for more capacity, we are asking this government to stand in the way and allow the full potential of the energy industry to be realized, as President Trump did before he left office. Unfortunately, I think that the situation will worsen…”.

Due to the policies of the Democrats, emphasizes Lance Gooden, gasoline began to cost $ 5, and inflation reached record levels. Republican Senator Ted Cruz also criticized the head of the White House and administration. He noticed that Americans had to pawn personal belongings to pay for gas.

Polls, as you know, can be interpreted in different ways. However, it is difficult to deny the fact that the intention to uphold “justice”, caused by misinformation about the causes and means of resolving the conflict in Ukraine, is gradually subsiding.

In autumn, the Americans, the Europeans, and the British will understand that they do not have the resources to win the competition that Washington has imposed on them. Especially since they didn’t sign up for it.

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