Katja Hoyer Katja Hoyer

Cracks are already showing in the EU’s Russia response

Vladimir Putin and Ursula von der Leyen at a 2020 summit in Berlin (Getty images)

‘The EU is united and acting fast,’ said Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, as she condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A new package of sanctions, swiftly agreed upon by EU member states, appeared to show von der Leyen was right. Yet in reality, the measures were disappointing: a number of Russian officials had their assets frozen, but even Putin himself avoided punishment. Given

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