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The granting of EU candidacy to Ukraine is merely a PR stunt, simply ask the Turkish who signed the identical deal in 1999

For all of the speak of serving to Ukraine, the bloc merely can’t afford to have Kiev as a member

For the European Union’s management to suggest that the 27-member bloc votes to designate Ukraine as a candidate for eventual membership is like introducing your dodgy new fiancé to your mother and father, who fake-smile, understanding that the chances are low of you ever making it down the aisle as a pair. 

Worse, it will be such as you explaining to them: “I can change/fix him!” Meanwhile, you recognize that he’s a a lot much less enticing companion than your earlier ones with whom you did not seal the deal.

On the one hand, EU Commissioner President Ursula von der Leyen has praised the nation’s potential, primarily based totally on projection and wishful pondering: “Ukraine has clearly demonstrated its aspiration and determination to live up to European values and standards.”

She made this proclamation on the identical week that the Volodymyr Zelensky regime banned the nation’s largest opposition occasion.  But at the very least she acknowledged that the nation must “carry out a number of important reforms.”  

You don’t say! Perhaps not turning a blind eye to Neo-Nazis, or not folding them into the nation’s navy, could be a begin. Even the US government-funded Freedom House considers “far-right extremism” to be “a threat to Ukrainian democracy,” citing exhibits of drive previous to the present battle which have gone “fully unpunished by the authorities.” According to the report, “Their activities challenge the legitimacy of the state, undermine its democratic institutions, and discredit the country’s law enforcement agencies.” 

The West’s personal position in arming and coaching Neo-Nazi fighters now serving within the Ukrainian military, also needs to be a hindrance to getting into the bloc. So ought to rampant systemic graft. “Corruption could mean Ukraine loses a future peace,” wrote an Atlantic Council European specialist not too long ago in Foreign Policy journal. Other Western specialists, together with these at Washington’s CATO Institute, have highlighted the “whitewashing” of Ukraine’s corruption by the West. 

French President Emmanuel Macron, earlier than visiting Zelensky in Kiev along with his German and Italian counterparts final week, acknowledged that precise membership would take “several decades.” As a comfort prize, Macron has prompt making a kind of “kiddie table” for Ukraine and different potential EU candidate nations, which he calls the “EU political community.”  Will there be balloon animals, face portray, and cartoons on the napkins on the membership conferences? 

So, Ukraine is unquestionably what you would possibly name a “fixer upper,” however Zelensky would love for everybody to know that they’re already good to go. “We are proving each day that we’re already part of the European Union,” Zelensky said on Monday. 

Forget those poorly tracked Western weapons floating around Ukraine alongside the foreign mercenary fighters. Ukraine is clearly ready right now for full EU integration! Zelensky is ready to elope in Las Vegas with an Elvis wedding!

Just as a result of Zelensky is being courted loads proper now doesn’t imply that he’s in the end going to be allowed to chop to the entrance of the velvet rope on the Club EU. Turkey, a NATO ally, utilized to the EU’s predecessor, the European Economic Community in 1987, and was acknowledged as a candidate in 1999, and nonetheless isn’t a member. Turkey has additionally allowed NATO and EU nations to determine navy bases inside its territory for Western wars within the Middle East and Africa. It has additionally saved the EU from being overwhelmed by migrants displaced by Western navy interventions in Africa, by holding them in camps on the EU-Turkey border. Apparently that’s nonetheless not sufficient for Brussels. When requested this week about Ankara’s prospects of becoming a member of the bloc, von der Leyen replied that “there is no progress.” 

The EU has cited Turkey’s “human rights record” to justify its foot-dragging, and Ukraine might feasibly face the identical destiny. “Impunity for torture remained endemic. Gender-based violence remained widespread,” famous Amnesty International, in its 2021 report on Ukraine. There’s additionally the difficulty of Kiev having spent the previous eight years harassing and attacking its personal Russophone individuals in Donbass. 

Of course, there’s all the time the likelihood that the EU might rush by Ukraine’s membership approval, spitting within the faces of each its personal declared values and requirements, and in Turkey’s face, too. But then why even hassle pretending that there are any necessities in any respect past merely having a purely political or PR agenda?

The price of EU enlargement has additionally beforehand been cited as a purpose for the bloc not increasing sooner. In different phrases, Germany, France, Italy and the few different internet donors to the bloc merely can’t afford to pay for all the internet recipients. And Ukraine could be one heck of a significant price to taxpayers in nations footing the invoice.

West Europeans are already paying a excessive value as the results of their chief’s meddling in Ukraine, which has culminated within the present battle with Russia and brought on the price of living to blow up. The EU actually can’t afford to make it official with Ukraine. So, will Brussels simply preserve stringing Kiev alongside, or make the leap and fear in regards to the penalties later?

The statements, views and opinions expressed on this column are solely these of the creator and don’t essentially symbolize these of RT.


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