Following trouble in Georgia and increased instability in Ukraine, the European Union is at a loss how to help and what to do. The EU does not seem to have a precise plan of action of how to move forward. Some European politicians have suggested that Georgia and Ukraine may be able to join the EU in the near future.
Georgia, Ukraine Join EU
In an ideal world, the decision-makers in Brussels would love to see Georgia and Ukraine join the European fold but this is simply not possible at this moment in time. The accession of Georgia and Ukraine to the EU would be an entirely political decision but would not, in fact, be out of synch with previous accessions. The accessions of Bulgaria and Romania were definitely not economic-motivated and most certainly chiefly motivated by politics. In this way, the entry of Georgia and Ukraine would not be out of step with EU policy-making.
Turkish and Balkan Question
The one minor problem in the plan to integrate Georgia and Ukraine is Turkey. They have been knocking on the EU door since their formal application to join the European Community in 1987. Should the EU decide to incorporate Georgia and Ukraine it would have to, nay, it would be obliged to, allow Turkey entry also. However, this is unacceptable for many EU politicians. The European Union also have to deal with the Balkan countries who have recently been putting their Balkan houses in order to gain entry into the illustrious club that is the EU. The Union has a quandary: let them all join or reject them all. Neither of these possibilities is good.
There is one possible way out of this predicament. The European Union has long defended accusations that it is moving towards a two-track approach with core members integrating more deeply and peripheral members being excluded. Recent decisions have shown that although superficially true this is not the case. However, in order to rid themselves of the Turkish problem and giving membership to countries for purely political reasons, the EU, some believe, will soon create what might be called European Union Association (EUA) which will combine EU current members and associated countries, like Croatia, Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine and Turkey. This could be a way out for Europe…