I doubt that Ukraine will join the EU for many years. I do remember, however, the financial figures being manipulated by the EU so that Greece could qualify to adopt the euro (resulting in the later devastation of their economy). I hope the EU is wiser in its treatment of the Ukraine application for membership. If Ukraine does not qualify, Ukraine does not qualify. Being invaded by Russia does not change that.
During normal times, I would agree that it would take many years or decades for Ukraine and Moldova to become members. But I read yesterday that the E.U. have realized that European countries that are not member states or members of NATO will be up for grabs by Putin. That realization will speed up the process.
What about Hungary? An EU member and a Russian Trojan horse.
I don’t think “speeding up the process” is the way to go. The EU has some basic values which have to be met. Look at Serbia; they already are in this proces for 20 years and Ukraine/Moldova aren’t at the same level Serbia was 20 years ago. Another point to take into consideration is that there are big differences within Europe and the western/northern (and wealthiest) part won’t accept a further shift of power to the East. Current eastern members have another opinion about basic democratic values/freedom of speech/personal rights/etc. I’ve already mentioned Hungary, but also Poland has a very populistic government which is acting against those basic EU values. Ukraine can’t met those values now and won’t meet those in 10-20 years. EU should help Ukraine as much as possible and can become a very close “non-member” (like Norway) faster.
You should maybe be heartened by the lengths people in Ukraine have already gone through more than once, to get closer to Europe, out of the corrupting, kleptocracy of Putin’s Russia and the reaction in both 2004 and worse, 2014, with of course the ultimate aim of EU membership.
No other prospective member has gone through what they have, who else was attacked and lost territory for even talking about moving in that direction?
Hungary? Yes Orban is a nasty, undemocratic piece of work, he however is mortal and his government is firmly in his image, if he is breaking EU values, punish him.
Poland, again the ironically named Law and Justice Party has been in before, it’s lost power before too, however are they not in part a reaction to the ‘welcome’ they received from notably France in the early years of membership, finger wagging bossiness from France?
Poland brought mass and economic potential.
Presumably Chirac was less than pleased at the lobbying from members such as the UK, Netherlands and others, in the logic of Presidents of the 5th Republic, anything that diminishes French leadership in the EU, real or imagined, does not go down well.
Germany less so though remember at the time their Chancellor would soon go on to shill for Putin.
Serbia? Still beefing with neighbors/the world in general since the 12th century.
Does the same apply to Moldova? Their main concern being the clear and present danger from Russia.
That sort of concern drives change.
And yes, that latest not very substantive visit most recently by Johnson was somewhat nauseous, he ran (not for the first time, he once went to Afghanistan for a day than be in the Commons to vote against something he had pledged to his constituents he would not do), to Ukraine, to avoid being asked awkward questions by members of his own party at a conference for his ‘flagship’ policy. The man who purely for his own advancement pulled the UK out of the EU, posing with someone desperately trying to join was not lost on plenty here.