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Editorial: Expansion is essential for a peaceful and prosperous Europe

The EU’s historic announcement of Ukraine’s candidacy for membership, along with Moldova and Georgia, is a step forward not just for those countries, but for the whole bloc

The EU announced last week that Ukraine was an official candidate for membership, along with Moldova and Georgia. Picture: Getty

Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, is a remarkable global figure. Since Russia invaded his country four months ago, he has redefined the concept of leadership as only leaders facing impossible odds can do.

He has made himself the lens through which the world, or at least the parts of it willing to look, perceives the conflict. His political instincts are smart, and his courage is boundless.

But Zelensky’s greatest achievement has been to cast ...