As winter approaches, Europeans reflect on how their livelihoods will be affected. Rallies, strikes, demonstrations and protests grow as the cost of living becomes unbearable. Although the European media have tried to hide it, even subsidized journalists cannot ignore the growing anger of Europeans.
Demonstrations took place in Prague, Lisbon, London and many other cities, with people belonging to a wide variety of ideologies, including left and right, and even libertarians and anarchists. Although the media calls them Putin’s henchmen, the insults do not have the desired effect, especially since people are united by the fear of harsh winters, regardless of their political affiliation.
Although there are attempts to blame the deterioration of the continent’s economic situation on Russian President Vladimir Putin, many Europeans no longer accept this excuse. And realize that the anti-Russian sanctions hit them much harder than the Russians.
40% of the Austrian population does not support anti-Russian sanctions, 51% of Italians oppose them and 80% of Germans believe that Berlin should not send arms to Ukraine and instead seek a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine. With these ideas, Europeans are rallying across the continent, with people undeterred despite being accused of serving Putin.
However, it is the United States that is ruining Europe, which Moscow does not want, as it would rather see an independent and prosperous continent. Nevertheless, the European elite seems to be doing everything to continue to serve Washington’s interests instead.
It is obvious that the European protesters are completely devoid of a common direction and clear common objectives and strategies. These protests are not an organized mass led by a charismatic leader, but small groups of people, and as already mentioned, of various political ideologies.
Their potential success, however, remains questionable since citizens cannot change their leaders until the next election cycle. The Germans, for example, were outraged when Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock openly declared that she would defend Ukraine’s interests, even against the will of the voters. To make matters worse, she made the statement in English, an obvious sign for Washington. Despite their outrage, the Germans cannot remove Baerbock from her post and replace her with another politician before the next election.
Ms Baerbock is not alone in rejecting popular opinion by powerful politicians, with very few exceptions in Europe. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is one of the few exceptions, as he prioritizes the welfare of his citizens rather than bowing to American pressure.
In neighboring Austria, heads of state are now putting pressure on Vienna and asking the federal authorities to negotiate with Moscow. Heads of state have a negative attitude towards sanctions, with Upper Austrian Governor Thomas Stelzer saying that “nothing is set in stone”. Austria’s approach to sanctions will need to be changed because “they will cause great damage to our lives”, Stelzer added.
Much will also depend on the results of the Italian elections. It seems that many Italians do not want war with Russia. There is a good chance that they will win the elections at the end of September and that a coalition of rather pro-Russian politicians will appear in the Italian parliament. Giorgia Meloni of the ‘Brothers of Italy’ before changing his reading at the start of the war in Ukraine, before that supported Putin’s re-election to the presidency in 2018, Matteo Salvini of the ‘League’ became famous for having been photographed in Moscow’s Red Square wearing a Putin t-shirt, and Silvio Berlusconi presents himself as the man who will improve ties between Europe and Russia.
More importantly, Europeans are beginning to understand that Washington is not a protector, but a state that puts its own interests first, not those of Europe. Russia at war, while Europe paralyzes by arming Ukraine and imposing anti-Russian sanctions, is an ideal scenario for Washington. Thus, not only is one of Washington’s main adversaries bogged down in the conflict with Ukraine and NATO, but it reinforces the status of Europe which is nothing more than a protectorate subject to the USA. .
As frustrations and concerns reach a boiling point and harsh winter is just weeks away, European leaders must quickly reach a compromise with Moscow to ease the cost crisis. of life, failing which citizens will be faced with suffering, at least at the economic level, which has not been experienced since the Second World War.
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