European leaders are meeting today to decide on granting Ukraine E.U. candidate status.
European Union leaders will meet on Thursday to put Ukraine on a path toward joining the bloc, signaling to the embattled nation — and to Russia — that they expect Ukraine to win the benefits of being in the club, even if it takes a decade or longer to fully join The leaders of Germany, France and Italy, the largest E.U. nations, as well as Romania, gave a preview of that decision in a visit to Kyiv last week, saying that they supported letting Ukraine become a candidate for membership. Still, a handful of member countries needed to be convinced that despite Ukraine’s unreadiness to join the union, it was important to give it the prospect.