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For the Europeans, arming Ukraine is a no-no

(B2) According to a study made public by the Pew Research Center, on June 10, there is little support today in NATO member countries for sending weapons to Ukraine (barely 4 out of 10 citizens on average). This figure is the highest in Poland (50%), the USA (46%) and Canada (44%) but very low in Germany (19%) and Italy (22%). France (40%) is just around the average like the UK (42%).


And even if Russia attacks a neighboring country, a similar reluctance exists regarding the use of force in support of the attacked country (48% in favor, compared to 42% on average). Italy (51%), France (53%) and Germany (58%) are the most reluctant to exercise Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. While support is strongest in the US (56%), in Canada (53%), in the United Kingdom (49%). Surprising points: Poland is not outrageously in favor of transatlantic solidarity (48% for, 34% against) while Spain is very divided (48% for, 47% against).



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Also read about the Club: European opinion divided on Ukraine and Russia (a study by the German Marshall Fund)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

One thought on “For the Europeans, arming Ukraine is a no-no"

  • jeans - Guy GIRAUD

    It would be useful to point out to the Pew Research Center that, within the framework of the Treaty of Lisbon (art.42§7), a clause of mutual solidarity commits the Member States of the EU to “give aid and assistance, by all means in their power”, to another Member State which “would be the object of armed aggression on its territory”. JGG

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