Theoretically, it’s simple.
The Ukrainian government wants to bring the country into the EU as soon as possible. When the heads of government of the three key member states of France, Italy and Germany go to Kiev, what should they do other than spread the red and blue carpets towards Brussels?
So Scholz, Macron and Draghi said at an afternoon news conference that they too wanted to pave the way for Ukraine’s candidate status and help ensure that an agreement could be reached at next week’s EU summit.
In practice, the issue is much more complex, as the French President in particular admits. Emmanuel Macron told BFMTV that it was “a report on European unity addressed to Ukrainians and support for us to talk about the present and the future at the same time, because we know that the next few weeks will be difficult”.
BILD explains the obstacles that Ukraine must overcome on its way to the EU. And how divided the EU is when it comes to accession prospects.
It is not the three countries that decide, but 27
Even if the EU’s three political heavyweights agree (which it disagrees with), Ukraine cannot maintain the prospect of EU candidate status. Because this decision requires the consent of all 27 member states, which may not happen until the EU summit next week.
Earlier, tomorrow (June 17), the European Commission will announce its position on Ukraine’s prospects for accession. According to BILD, it is certain that the EU body, led by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, supports the demands, especially of Eastern European countries, for Ukraine to quickly become a candidate for accession.
But even the boldest optimists strongly disagree with Macron, who, given the current Ukrainian constitution, spoke of the “decades” that the accession process may take.
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Volodymir Zelensky with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on April 8 during their visit to UkrainePhoto: Christophe Licoppe
Macron wants a kind of “EU light”
The starting point that Macron has in mind is very skeptical in Brussels and also in Berlin: it is proposing a new political body that is open to non-EU members such as Ukraine, Switzerland and even the British to Brexit.
In an unofficial document first reported by Politico, Paris argues that EU enlargement will not meet Ukraine’s current needs because the process is too lengthy: “it will meet the urgent historical and geopolitical imperatives of surrendering the war against Ukraine”, which is not fair.
Until the eventual accession to the EU, Macron’s “EU light” should, from the beginning of 2023, “unite all countries that want to contribute together to the security, stability and prosperity of our continent”.
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Macron, Draghi and Scholz (from left) while visiting the Kiev suburb of IrpinPhoto: POOL / REUTERS