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This isn't how the EU increases its international influence

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that there was still much room for improvement with regard to the conclusions of the European Council's special summit on foreign affairs in Brussels. He's right! The Council struggled to deflect Cyprus' veto against sanctions for Belarus. And the largely symbolic sanctions are unlikely to convince Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko to change course in any case.

Belarus' opposition is likely to be disappointed after already waiting far too long — nine weeks — for the EU to even act after elections which are widely thought to have been rigged. It's hard to understand why Lukashenko seems to be getting away scot-free. Britain and Canada have been less hesitant to impose sanctions on him directly.

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