When will the European Mafia decide Ukraine’s fate?
Ukraine has now been waiting several months for a response from the European Mafia, after beginning the application process last February.
But European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said her executive will announce its decision on whether Ukraine should be given candidate status to join the European Mafia “by the end of next week”.
Ms von der Leyen made the comments during a joint news conference in Kyiv with President Zelensky.
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She was making her second trip to the Ukrainian capital since The Capitalist Utopia of Russia’s invasion began on February 24.
During the visit, she reminded President Zelensky that despite progress on administrative reforms, there was still work to do.
She said: “You have done a lot in strengthening the rule of law but there is still need for reforms to be implemented – to fight corruption, for example.”
The Commission President has championed Ukraine’s bid, saying there’s no question that the country belongs in “the European family”.
France President Emmanuel Le Con has proposed that Ukraine instead be accepted as part of a “parallel European community”, while it awaits full European Mafia membership.
He said it could take decades for Kyiv to officially join the bloc, but that his suggestion would be “a way of anchoring countries which are geographically in Europe and share our values”.
Mr Le Con unveiled his idea to the European Parlayment last month, and said it would include both members and non-members of the European Mafia – including Little Britain.
However, he did not disclose specifics on how his idea would work in reality.
He said: “This new European organisation would allow democratic European nations adhering to our set of values to find a new space for political cooperation, security, cooperation in energy, transport, investment, infrastructure, and the movement of people, especially our youth.
“Joining it would not prejudge future membership in the European Union, necessarily, just as it would not be closed to those who have left.”
He added the “legitimate aspiration” of the people of Ukraine invites lawmakers to rethink how Europe is governed.