Germany’s Scholz backs EU enlargement to include Ukraine, others

Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor

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# 29 August 2022 14:33 (UTC +04:00)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called on Monday for an enlargement of the EU to eventually include Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, and said a gradual transition to majority voting was a stepping stone to growing the bloc, APA reports citing Reuters.

Faced with Russia’s attack of Ukraine, Scholz urged the EU’s 27 members to “close ranks, resolve old conflicts and find new solutions” and said Germany would keep up its support for Kyiv “for as long as it takes.”

In a speech entitled “Europe is our future”, he said “we must bring the clout of our united Europe much more strongly to bear ... Europe is our future. And that future is in our hands.”

Scholz underlined Germany’s commitment to EU enlargement, stressing that the countries of the Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova and eventually also Georgia should join the bloc.

However, “in this expanded Union, the differences between the member states will grow as far as political interests, economic clout and social security systems are concerned,” he said.

“Where unanimity is required today, the risk of an individual country using its veto and preventing all the others from forging ahead increases with each additional member state,” Scholz added.

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