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Why Ukraine must get EU can­di­date status now - A guest article by Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel and Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse

EU research has shown that a cred­i­ble mem­ber­ship per­spec­tive is an effec­tive means of anchor­ing liberal democ­racy from the outside. That is why Ukraine must now be granted can­di­date status. A guest article for Ukraine verstehen, a project of Zentrum Liberale Moderne, by Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse.

News from Jun 13, 2022

In their guest article Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel and Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse argue that Ukraine should be granted the status as EU candidate country. This is a strong and important sign of the EU against Putin's aggression. A withdrawal would damage the EU's credibility in questions of other potential accession countries like Moldova, Georgia oder the western Balkan states. Internally a delay or rejection threatens to undermine European integrity which might in consequence make it more difficult to react to member states such as Hungary or Poland which currently contest the liberal script of the EU. Therefore the EU should demonstrate the willingness to sustain the international liberal order by standing with Ukraine.

The full article is available here.

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