Ukraine was elected a candidate for membership yesterday, a step that even weeks ago seemed impossible. It could take a decade or more for Ukraine to become a member of the E.U. The decision sends a powerful message of solidarity to Kyiv and a rebuke to Moscow. Candidate status signals that a nation may begin a lengthy, time-consuming process of internal changes and negotiations with the E.U. With a view to eventually joining, there is a view to it. The country must align itself institutionally, democratically, economically and legally with the E.U. Some countries have had a process that takes about 10 years to get used to the process of laws and norms. Turkey, like others, hasn't joined yet and has been a candidate for much longer. Ukraine s candidacy is bound to irritate Russia, which has described Kyiv's aspirations to align itself with institutions like NATO and the E.U. As a result of Western attempts to interfere in its rightful sphere of influence. The move signals a belief on the part of the E.U. The future of Ukraine lies in an embrace of the democratic West, according to the statement.
I did not expect to survive villages across Paktika Province in Afghanistan, the southeast was devastated by the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck early Wednesday - the country's deadliest in two decades. As rescue efforts unfolded, vehicles laden with supplies made their way over rugged, unpaved roads to hillside villages strewn with wrecked houses. Relief officials said yesterday they were now focusing on the survivors, who had endured heavy rain but also unseasonably frigid temperatures that threatened to bring snow to some areas.
As tensions between Europe and Russia over energy continue to mount in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, European nations are quickly pumping natural gas into storage chambers in order to moderate stratospheric prices, to reduce Moscow's political leverage and head off the possibility of shortages this winter. Gazprom, a Russian state-controlled energy giant, cut half of the amount of gas it delivers via the Nord Stream 1, which serves Germany and other countries last week. Germany responded by triggering the second stage of its emergency gas plan. The German government has called for consumers and companies to conserve gas. The reduction in supplies to the German pipeline, which affected flows to countries like France, Italy and the Netherlands, has hindered any hope among European leaders that they could count on Russian gas, perhaps the most difficult fuel to replace. Moscow will probably continue to use gas for maximum leverage, according to analysts.
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