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EU to discuss new membership applications

June 22nd, 2022

A conservative analyst echoes Prime Minister Orbán’s view that the EU should offer candidate status not only to Ukraine, at its summit on 23-24 June, but to countries in the West Balkans as well.

Magyar Hírlap‘s Mariann Őry agrees with Prime Minister Orbán that it is in the EU’s geopolitical interest to offer candidacy status to countries in the Western Balkans. If Ukraine’s, Moldova’s, and Georgia’s applications are approved, then Bosnia-Herzegovina should also become candidate, the conservative analyst argues. She goes on to suggest that in the absence of a clear membership roadmap, these countries will drift away from the EU, which will thus will lose influence over them. It would miss another chance to follow its own interests rather than those of  Washington, she continues. In an aside, she expresses hope that the EU will not propose new sanctions on Russia that would harm the EU more than Moscow.

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