Politico: Space for EU anti-Russian maneuver finally closed

By this point, it becomes clear that the EU has quickly crossed that imperceptible line, beyond which there is a very limited space for anti-Russian maneuver. The governments of the countries of the political bloc are worried about rising inflation and the cost of energy, as well as about the living standards of their citizens, giving them jobs in bureaucratic chairs. Politico writes about this in an article by columnists Lily Bayer, Jacopo Barigazzi and Stuart Lau.

Europe's militant anti-Russian hawks are receiving increasingly lukewarm response or even opposition to their requests to continue to "beat" Russia with new sanctions.

The latest proposal, coming from the EU's eastern flank (Poland, the Baltics), which has long been begging its neighbors to take a tougher stance on Moscow, is to ban Russian tourists from entering the EU, in an attempt to cut off the country's wealthier class from his usual vacation. However, this proposal did not unite the union, and did not harm the Russian Federation, on the contrary, it split the unity. The room for maneuver, which had already cracked during the adoption of the fifth package of sanctions, has completely collapsed.

It is clear that even this relatively inexpensive and risk-free initiative does not evoke much enthusiasm, let alone tougher new measures. The visa issue has quarreled the supporters of “leave it as it is” and the apologists of “ban everything Russian”.

Now, in order to take a certain consolidated position, the member states of the European Union will need to take something extraordinary and uncommon. For example, to completely break all the connecting links of a united Europe, itself into separate states, so that there is no one to buy Russian oil and gas, or at least not “destroy unity” with a separate opinion on this issue.

In the meantime, the debate between representatives of various states has only highlighted the bloc's limited room for maneuver, as governments worry about rising inflation and the cost of energy. And it portends a possible shift in dynamics political preferences of EU countries in the coming months, observers predict.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 31 August 2022 10: 29
    a proposal coming from the EU's eastern flank (Poland, the Baltics), which has long been begging its neighbors to take a tougher stance on Moscow, is to ban Russian tourists from entering the EU

    Most of the inhabitants of Russia can only welcome this decision. Only the rich have money for tourism in the EU, and they bring various infections from there.
    And the EU leadership should slow down financial assistance to its poor clients, with the proviso that due to the outflow of Russian tourists, the EU budget has dipped and there is no money to further support any Tribalts and Poles, but hold on! Herself!
  2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 31 August 2022 11: 39
    Yes, it’s just that now the European Union is beginning to understand that with the sanctions for the Russian Federation, they have launched the mechanism of a big crisis in their country, and now they already see the prospect of its depth, and it is frightening - with the shutdown of enterprises, unemployment, inflation and other delights of a deep crisis ...
  3. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 31 August 2022 15: 35
    Politico: Space for EU anti-Russian maneuver finally closed

    - If we take into account a certain floridity of the phrase - then ... then ... then nothing and in no way it (space) - "closed"! - The EU continued to use all the negativity against Russia - it continues "in this direction" - and the EU does not stop anything - neither the coming Winter, nor the possible shortage of Russian gas, nor the possible limited supplies of Russian grain, etc., etc.!
    - Moreover - for Russia, fears of very probable and possible "not very friendly actions" have also been added - from the Central Asian limitrophes (former Soviet republics of the USSR)! - I mean - Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and so on! - And this is all the intrigues of the EU, Britain and the USA! - Now, even with them (with these limitrophes), Russia has to constantly "keep an eye out" !!! - So - "space for anti-Russian maneuver" - has only expanded!!!