Day 117 Roundup: Borrell Calls Alleged Grain Blockade a "War Crime"; Russia Becomes China's Top Oil Supplier

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    The Facts

    • Ahead of a summit of EU leaders this Thurs., where member states will vote on Ukraine's candidate status into the bloc, Ukrainian Pres. Zelenskyy said it was "a truly historic week," and that he was "convinced that only a positive decision meets the interests of the whole of Europe."

    • However, Zelenskyy added that greater hostility should be expected from Russia this week, "not only against Ukraine, but also against other European countries."

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    As affirmed by the EU Commission, Ukrainians have demonstrated they've been willing to die for the European way of life. It's only right they be given access to the European dream.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    If Ukraine were to join the EU, it would only further complicate Ukraine's position with Russia and draw the world even nearer to a global conflict. Are we sure this is such a great idea?

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 2% chance that Ukraine will join the European Union before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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