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Ukraine’s a step closer to joining the EU. Here’s what it means, and why it matters

Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukraine has gotten a green light to start sped-up talks on joining the European Union. That’s a big boost for war-ravaged Ukraine and a loud message to Vladimir Putin. But it could be years or even decades before the countries actually become full-fledged members of the EU. The European Union was born in the 1950s with the aim of preventing new wars by promoting trade and integration. Countries like Ukraine see joining it as a path to prosperity and stability – and a rampart against Putin’s Russia. But Ukraine must overcome many hurdles, tackling corruption and reforming its institutions and economy, to be able to join the EU.

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