The European Union will survive “Russia’s blackmail” of energy supplies and the looming “long winter” but only if the bloc maintains its “unity, determination and courage,” said Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
“Russia may challenge us, blackmail us and threaten us, but we will not give in,” she told the European Parliament in Strasbourg, speaking in Finnish.
“Russia’s actions have unified the West as never before, while Russia is lonelier than ever.”
During her speech before the plenary, Marin painted a grim picture of the challenges the EU faces, including the Ukraine war, the worsening energy crisis, soaring inflation, an increasingly likely recession, strained public finances, natural disasters, democratic backsliding and the technological rise of authoritarian countries.
“However, even in the darkest moments there is hope,” she noted.
“Ukraine will win the war with our support. There is no other alternative. In our hearts, the Ukrainians have already won it.” [Continue reading…]