Von der Leyen advocates using frozen assets from Russia to buy weapons and ammunition for Ukraine. EU has been debating what to do with the frozen assets of Russia and its oligarchs for more than a year.

Central banks and many capitals have serious doubts about the legality and convenience of simply confiscating them. There is some real fear, signs, but also a desire to warn citizens, warn them of changes that go hand in hand with a war or economy. On Monday, Emmanuel Macron scared many by ruling out European soldiers in Ukraine.