European leaders grant Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status

European leaders grant Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status

European leaders grant Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status European Union leaders have formally accepted Ukraine as a candidate to join the 27-nation bloc, a bold geopolitical move hailed by Ukraine and the EU itself as a "historic moment". Key points: - Moldova was also granted EU candidate status with Ukraine - The decision kick-starts the EU's most ambitious expansion since it welcomed former Soviet states - While the EU started as an organisation of six countries, it has grown to embrace 27 nations Although it could take Ukraine and neighbouring Moldova more than a decade to qualify for membership, the decision at a two-day EU summit is a symbolic step that signals the bloc's intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union. "Ukraine will prevail. Europe will prevail. …
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