As Russia’s war on Ukraine drags on, the solidarity of countries in the European Union — initially united in imposing economic sanctions on Moscow — appears to be falling apart, amid the need for energy for their own countries.

But there is also another factor: EU countries are not on the same page as to the level of commitment they have to protect democracy.

Immediately after Russia invaded Ukraine, EU countries condemned Moscow's act of aggression and were quick to agree on a series of measures, from the economic sanctions imposed in February to a fifth package of restrictive measures including an import ban on Russian coal.