The war in Europe is currently taking place on three fronts: on the battlefield in Ukraine’s Donbass, on the economy – and on communications.
The sanctions against Russia and above all their increasingly noticeable effects on Western Europe are now showing clear changes on the third front: As the new Europe-wide survey by the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) shows, 35% of those surveyed want peace negotiations with Russia. And only 22% are still in favor of continuing the war and subsequently punishing the Russian leadership. 20% do not want to make a clear statement, 23% have no opinion on this.
And another result of this survey is very surprising: Despite all the courageous efforts of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the heads of state of other EU nations to play an active role in this war, the European Union is rated extremely badly. According to a study by ECFR, the EU is the third biggest loser in the Russian-Ukrainian war.
69% of respondents think that Ukraine will be the biggest loser in this conflict, 68% think it would be Russia. And already 55% state that the EU will emerge from this war the worst. Only 21% see the US as a big loser, and China only 19%.
Also striking: The nations in Europe judge quite differently about the current situation and how the war should be ended: The Italians are most clearly (52%) in favor of a “peace camp” with peace talks, and are almost as interested in a ceasefire the Germans (49%).
In Poland, only 16% of the residents want that – only the Poles are mostly (41%) for a “justice camp”, i.e. for a punishment of the Russian state leadership (which of course would have warfare up to the surrender of the Russian Federation as a prerequisite).
The British are totally divided: 22% want peace talks, 21% want a “justice camp” for Vladimir Putin & Co., 32% do not want to commit themselves.
The results from Germany are interesting: Even among the Greens, whose party leadership advocates massive arms deliveries to Ukraine, a clear majority (35%) is in favor of peace talks with Russia. 43% of CDU/CSU voters want that, 55% of SPD supporters and even 78% of declared AfD voters.