Five Reasons Why Ukraine Should Become a Candidate for EU Membership

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21 June 2022

Martin Ehl

Senior Fellow

For a few days now, the focus on Ukraine’s future has been shifting from the battle lines in the Donbas to the political cabinets of European capitals.

Most expect the European Commission to make its recommendation this week on whether Ukraine will be granted candidate status for membership in the European Union. The heads of state and governments of EU member states can then decide on the status at a summit in Brussels next week.

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The state of supporters and opponents in the EU is divided roughly into thirds: enthusiastic supporters, sceptics and those who have not yet made up their minds. Central European states such as Poland and the Czech Republic do not doubt that Kyiv should become a candidate for membership. 

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Martin Ehl

Senior Fellow

Visegrad Insight Senior Fellow. Martin Ehl is the Chief Analyst at Hospodářské noviny (Economic daily)

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