While Ukraine’s accession into the bloc could take a decade or more, the decision sends a powerful message of solidarity to Kyiv and a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin of Russia.
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The European Union’s top official described as "blackmail” the announcement that Russia was suspending shipments of natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria.
The dramatic visit by the prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, which unfolded in secrecy, was a striking gesture — and one that angered some EU counterparts.
In a few frantic days, the West threw out the playbook it used for decades against the Kremlin and isolated Russia with unparalleled sanctions and penalties.
After Russia invaded, Ukraine asked to join the European Union, quickly. Moldova and Georgia have asked too. Member states would rather not answer.
As the European Union has become the global leader in tech regulation, companies have increasingly focused on Brussels in hopes of choking off stiffer rules.