In a silly puff piece for the Tories in the Speccy, by a scribe I didn't bother to identify, it's claimed as a British triumph the we persuaded the EU to develop 'wider' rather than 'deeper', i.e. to expand membership rather than consolidate integration. This is patently nonsensical; it's in the EU's genes to do both, and any expectation that one will exclude the other is naive to say the least. There are no limits to the arrogance, stupidity and hubris of Brussels when it comes to increasing its power.
The EU bought Ukraine an engagement ring, spoke to the vicar about booking the church and even started help look through the wedding dress catalogues, deaf to the warnings and opposition of the bride's father. He'll come around, they wheedled, just give him time. The EU led them right up the aisle - hoping a cheap brass curtain ring would pass for a wedding band with some sort of 'associate' status. And hoping the bride's father would continue to feed, clothe and house her at considerable expense all the while.
Brussels can hardly claim to be surprised at events now occurring in the Ukraine. Events that may rapidly degenerate into a vicious civil war right on the EU's eastern border. Preventing this will take the UN, the United States, the IMF and all the efforts of Europe's sovereign States and their experienced foreign ministries. All to remedy the power-hunger and imbecility of the EU's unelected officials. To secure Europe's peace and security, the power of the antidemocratic Commission must be broken; if we don't, the EU remains the greatest threat to peace in Europe.