German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Olaf Scholz) supported the proposal to create a “European political community” put forward by French President Emmanuel Macron. “I want to say frankly that this is a very interesting proposal to solve the serious problems that we are facing,” Scholz said on Monday, May 9, at a joint press conference with Macron in Berlin.
At the same time, the German Chancellor stressed that the proposal of the French leader should not deter the European Union from admission of new membersin particular the Western Balkan states. “We are keeping our promises to join,” Scholz said. According to him, many countries have already taken far-reaching, bold decisions with a view to possible accession to the EU. “We must find a way not to disappoint this courage,” he said.
Speaking before his visit to Berlin at a meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the President of France expressed doubt that Ukraine’s accession to the European Union would take place quickly. He stated that this process can last for decades. Macron called for increased cooperation with Kyiv and proposed the creation of a “European political community” for Ukraine and other candidate countries. It “would open up a new space for political cooperation and security,” the president said.
Scholz: “Ukraine belongs to the European family”
Ukraine filed application for EU membership shortly after the Russian military invasion. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on May 9 that the EC would provide an official response to Ukraine’s bid in June. If Brussels recommends that Ukraine be granted candidate status and all 27 EU member states agree, negotiations on the country’s accession to the EU will begin.
“We agree that Ukraine belongs to the European family,” Scholz said. “We are working to continue to accompany her on her way to our common Europe,” he added.
Scholz and Macron called for concrete action for the sake of ceasefire in Ukraine. “We want to achieve a ceasefire, and as soon as possible,” Macron said after their meeting in Berlin. According to him, this is the only way to bring negotiations between Ukraine and Russia before a peace agreement, and in the future to achieve the withdrawal of Russian troops.