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Applying for EU Membership in Time of War: “Accession through War” of Ukraine


The paper studies Ukraine’s road to EU membership. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 considerably changed the perception of the EU’s enlargement policy, which can be used as a means to support a third country that openly shares EU common values and is ready to defend these values on a battlefield. This process can be labelled “accession through war”. The paper also scrutinises the role and impact of the European Political Community to address the war in Ukraine and other potential security threats on the European continent and beyond.

Paper prepared in the framework of the EUDIPLO network, May 2023.