The head of the EU, to which I should inform people here: is not voted in by any democratic structure, isn't able to make much demands. They will state you cannot ban the purchase of coal but they never stated in what currency? You see, it is already blocked in the form that Euro's cannot be used, but Russia isn't accepting Euro's. So in turn, the other nations can then make purchases in Rubles to which Van der Lugen cannot do nor say anything about. Completely bypasses the sanctions.
But regardless, this will further increase prices for the EU citizens and they will be the ones covering the cost. Since wages do not meet inflation, things will get bad. Already there have been protests in Italy where pensioners are demanding lower inflation and or meeting inflation with their pensions due to ever so increasing costs to the point they cannot afford utilities at the same time as food and rent. I seem to recall some Russian's in the not so distant past love to make complaints (I understand, these are the liberals who have more money than not, living in the social media world saying this) that pensioners in Russia can barely afford anything. To which now people can point to them that its now getting worst out west.