Three consecutive summits over the next week will test Western resolve to support Ukraine and the extent of international unity as rising geopolitical tensions and economic pain cast an increasingly long shadow.
On Thursday and Friday, European Union leaders will meet in Brussels to consider officially making Ukraine a candidate for membership. From Sunday to Tuesday, the Group of Seven leading economic powers will hold their annual summit in Germany. And right after that, NATO leaders will gather in Madrid, with a standoff over the membership hopes of Finland and Sweden looming large.
The 27 EU nations appear on course to give Ukraine a much-needed morale boost in the face of Russia’s invasion. However, prospects of NATO countries quickly breaking down Turkey’s opposition to the Nordic countries’ membership look uncertain at best.
In between, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz hopes for a united front on long-term support for Ukraine, fighting climate change and…