Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
The sack of bricks doesn't frankly see the problems you are referring to as being show-stoppers.

"foster peace and stability in regions close to the EU's borders" is undoubtedly the principal driver of Ukraine's fast-track EU application, and the principal reason why governments and populations of EU countries are prepared to entertain that application.

"stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities" requires examination and an action plan before admission can be countenanced, as does "a functioning market economy and the capacity to cope with competition and market forces in the EU", but in the context of post-war reconstruction, I am sure that the Ukrainian government will have overwhelming popular support for taking the necessary measures, including taking the economy away from the oligarchs.

Obviously, the current war must be ended with internationally-ratified borders and adequate security guarantees, before adhesion could go ahead.

Also, the EU must clarify and strengthen the mechanisms which allow it to enforce ongoing conformity with the entrance criteria, because it would be unfair to impose higher standards on Ukraine (e.g. press freedoms, separation of powers...) than on existing EU members.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Apr 20th, 2022 at 11:08:29 AM EST
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