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EU Executive Recommends Commencing Membership Talks with Ukraine Amid War




In a pivotal move towards Western integration for Ukraine, the European Union executive has recommended the commencement of membership discussions. This recommendation, regarded as a "historic step" by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, comes amidst the ongoing conflict as Ukraine continues to resist Russia's invasion which began in February 2022. The European Commission's nod is not just a milestone for Ukraine but also represents a significant geopolitical stance for the EU.

The Commission suggests that formal dialogue should begin once Ukraine has addressed the remaining issues of concern, which prominently include combating corruption, establishing a law on lobbying to EU standards, and enhancing protections for national minorities. Zelenskiy, vocalizing his commitment on social media, pledged to persevere with the necessary reforms, framing the recommendation as a beacon of progress and hope for Ukraine.

As the EU leaders anticipate a mid-December summit to deliberate on the Commission's proposal, the unanimity requirement of the bloc's 27 members casts Hungary as the potential veto player, particularly over issues concerning minority rights in Ukraine. If the recommendation receives unanimous support, the accession talks are expected to commence the following year. However, these negotiations are known for their duration and complexity, as candidate countries must satisfy extensive legal and economic criteria.

The intricacies of the EU's enlargement process have come to the forefront against the backdrop of a war that has not only tested Ukraine's resolve but also its administrative integrity. Despite the war, Zelenskiy has made it clear that Ukraine has taken significant steps to tackle corruption—a perennial EU concern—and promises a reconstruction effort devoid of corruption post-conflict.

Adding to the regional context, the EU has extended a similar invitation to Moldova and posited that Georgia should become a candidate once it aligns with EU sanctions against Russia. Discussions with Bosnia and Herzegovina are also on the table, though internal EU divisions hint at possible challenges.

The war has inadvertently catapulted the issue of EU enlargement back into the spotlight, revealing the stark geopolitical contest between Moscow and the Western bloc. The recommendation by the EU executive is a testament to this shift, underpinning the strategic and economic benefits historically associated with the enlargement of the EU. Past expansions have demonstrated mutual gains for both new members and the existing union.

So what does this mean? The EU's endorsement of Ukraine's bid for membership talks, even as the country is embroiled in a war for its survival, is a profound gesture of solidarity and strategic positioning. It signals the bloc's readiness to embrace Ukraine's European aspirations while confronting Russian aggression. This move not only reinforces Ukraine's sovereignty and reform efforts but also reshapes the geopolitical landscape of Eastern Europe. It underlines the EU's commitment to its enlargement policy as a geopolitical tool, highlighting the union's adaptability and resolve in times of regional instability. For Ukraine, this recommendation marks a significant leap towards integration into Western structures, bolstering its political standing and affirming the EU's broader vision of unity and expansion.

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10 thg 11, 2023

yep, about time, and into NATO ( i doubt that however) E U get in action double quick!

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10 thg 11, 2023
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It will take more than 10 years for Ukraine to become EU member.

For example Ukraine has still to reduce corruption.

On the other hand the EU has also to deal with tough challenges:

Ukraine would become the country which will get the largest part of agar-subventions.

Ad the other countries which receive them now will not like this.

Thích

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09 thg 11, 2023

If I was "THE BIG BOSS", I'd declare the skies over Ukraine a "NO FLY ZONE" and a "GET THE HELL OUT" notice with a thirty day vacate clause and enforce it. The Rooskeys will back down like the cowards they are and then the rebuilding of Ukraine can start. The steel industry has a lot of scrap iron they can turn into buildings, cars and baby carriages.

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09 thg 11, 2023

Everybody is always talking about doing something, supplying something, etc. Meanwhile, Ukrainian people and cities are being destroyed while the same "everybodies" drag their feet through endless debates on the "doing" part. It makes me sick to see the suffering in Ukraine as they struggle for their lives. It also pisses me off beyond description.

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