Andrew Tettenborn

The EU’s solidarity for Ukraine is a sham

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen (Credit: Getty images)

The EU will formally add Ukraine to its list of candidate countries this Friday. But if you look carefully beneath the pomp, you will see this is much less of a big deal than Brussels would have you believe.

For one thing, the gesture is symbolic. The list of official EU candidates is a bit like the waiting list for a smart London club.

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