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Even as challenges mount, Europeans stick by Ukraine

By Jason Horowitz and Catherine Porter

07 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

At least for now, most Europeans are supporting Ukraine in its conflict against Russia -- despite having plenty of problems of their own. We'll have to see how long that loyalty endures.

Rome — The high cost of living is provoking strikes, protests and widespread grumbling. Talk about nuclear weapons has heightened anxieties and encouraged some to demand rapid negotiations. And Russian President Vladimir Putin is wooing politicians, including many from populist parties on the right and the left who have flirted with him in the past.

But while Putin may have bet on European fatigue and intolerance for hardship to divide the alliance and buckle its weakest members, more than eight months into Russia’s war on Ukraine, the scale of the challenges has been leveraged effectively by leaders to stiffen the public spine and Europe is holding firm.

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