Macron says it will be ‘decades’ before Ukraine joins EU

France's President Emmanuel Macron said Monday it would take "decades" for a candidate like Ukraine to join the EU, and suggested building a broader political community of democratic states around the bloc.

Macron says it will be 'decades' before Ukraine joins EU

“Even if we gave them candidate status tomorrow,” he said of Ukraine, “we all know perfectly well that the process of allowing them to join would take several years, in truth doubtless several decades.”

But, noting the urgence of giving Ukraine and other EU hopefuls like Moldova and Georgia a place in the heart of Europe, he called for the creation of “European political community”.

Russia invaded Ukraine in February, in part to thwart Kyiv’s tilt towards integration with the EU and NATO, and Georgia and Moldova are also partly occupied by Moscow’s troops.

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French government ‘to remain in place until May 13’

The current French government and Prime Minister will remain in place until next week, the government spokesman has announced.

French government ‘to remain in place until May 13’

When president Emmanuel Macron was re-elected for a second term it was announced that his Prime Minister Jean Castex would resign and formally dissolve the government, allowing Macron to perform a reshuffle of his ministers and appoint a new PM.

Since Macron’s re-election on April 24th there has been ongoing speculation on the date of Castex’s resignation, along with guessing games on the identity of the new PM and who will serve in the new Macron government.

However on Wednesday, government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced that Castex “will remain in place until the end of the first term”.