The crisis of European security: What Europeans think about the war in Ukraine

Mark Leonard and Jeremy Shapiro discuss our latest polling results on the Ukraine crisis and how European policymakers might adjust their policies to reflect the public mood it reveals

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In this episode, we reverse the usual roles: today’s host is ECFR’s Research Director Jeremy Shapiro and Mark Leonard tries out the role of guest. They discuss the surprising findings of ECFR’s latest public opinion poll on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In recent weeks, many commentators, including this podcast’s interim host, have focused on Europe’s divisions and lack of agency in the Russia-Ukraine crisis. But Mark Leonard and Ivan Krastev demonstrate that there exists a surprising consensus and even resolve within the European public when it comes to the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Together, Jeremy and Mark discuss the report’s key conclusions and how European policymakers might adjust their policies to reflect the public mood it reveals.

This podcast was recorded on 10 February 2022.

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Participants hold flags and placards during the action in gratitude to EU and NATO countries for military support to Ukraine in Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, Ukraine, January 2022
Image by Volodymyr Tarasov / Avalon / Photoshot / Picture Alliance
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