Austria-Hungary is among the bloc members expected to hinder Kiev’s European integration
Several EU member states are likely to resist Ukraine’s proposed accession to the bloc, EUObserver media reported, citing an unnamed diplomat.
The 27 European Union heads of government are scheduled to discuss the possibility of Kiev joining the European bloc at a summit to be held in Brussels next December, after the European Commission recommended this month that integration discussions should begin. But while the European Council is expected to support the plan, indications are that the process may receive opposition from several key member states, the EU observer said in a report on Thursday.
He added: “Austria will certainly be an obstacle.” [to Ukraine’s integration]But it will hide behind Hungary.” The newspaper said, citing a comment from a European Union diplomat who did not mention his name. “Despite its new rhetoric, France does not really want Ukraine to join the European Union, and Germany is playing a cynical game.”
Speaking in September, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer rejected suggestions that Ukraine’s potential EU accession could be fast-tracked, saying that… “There must be a level playing field because the European community must take itself seriously through the membership frameworks it sets for itself.”
However, Hungary is considered the main obstacle to Kiev’s European ambitions. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said this month that Ukraine was “Not ready by any means” to join the European Union, but denied allegations that Budapest’s objections were linked to a protest against the bloc’s withholding of funds over alleged violations of law and human rights.
French President Emmanuel Macron also said last year that Ukraine was a possibility “contracts” Far from being a full member of the European Union, it has recently called for it “Daring” In its quest to expand the bloc.
“they [Germany] “They want to impose changes to the EU Treaty in the name of enlargement, such as voting with a more qualified majority.” EUObserver source continued. “The changes will give Berlin more power, but the Germans don’t really think Ukraine will join.”
Earlier in November, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock reiterated Berlin’s position of seeking Ukraine’s admission to the EU, but conceded. “tedious” Repairs will be needed so the larger block can operate. Birbock also said at the EU enlargement conference in Berlin this month that Kiev’s integration is a geopolitical necessity as a state. “Consequences of Russia’s aggressive war on Ukraine.”
EU leaders are scheduled to decide at the summit in Brussels on December 14-15 whether Ukraine should be allowed to hold formal talks on membership.