The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled a series of proposals to curb the energy price spike that has rocked Europe in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while stressing that the EU’s solidarity with Kyiv would be “unshakeable.” Energy prices and inflation have surged across the 27-nation European Union as Moscow slashed gas supplies in response to sanctions, prompting some, in particular on the far-right, to argue that the sanctions were hitting the EU more and should be softened. But with Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska the guest of honour as she delivered her annual state of the union speech in the EU’s parliament, von der Leyen said sanctions were having a real impact on Russia and were there to stay. “This is the time for us to show resolve, not appeasement,” said von der Leyen, who was set to travel to Kyiv […]

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