EU Commission backs placing Ukraine on lengthy path to membership

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The European Commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova become official candidates for European Union membership on Friday, ahead of an EU summit next week at which the 27 member states are expected to debate the issue. Saying that Ukrainians had shown they were ready to die for the prospect of joining the European Union, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged letting them live “the European dream” at a press conference in Brussels. She said Ukraine should be granted candidate status on the understanding that “important work also remains to be done,” pointing towards num…

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