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As Ukraine and others queue to join, is EU ready for enlargement?

By Lisa O'Carroll

31 Aug 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. The prospect of Ukraine joining the EU has raised questions about the impact on the bloc's budget, the political balance and the potential for any of the 27 member states to veto the accession. The European Commission has yet to outline potential scenarios for budget and institutional reforms in an expanded Europe.

She has extended the invitation multiple times but has yet to set a date for the welcome party. “You are part of our family, your future is in our union, and our union is not complete without you,” Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, last year told Ukraine and the nine other countries queuing patiently for EU membership.

But as the prospect of Ukraine in particular joining the bloc looms closer, EU leaders are asking if the EU is ready for enlargement.

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