Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron stand in front of Chinese and European Union flags at a signing ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 6, 2019. Photo: Reuters
Emilian Kavalski
Opinion

Opinion

Emilian Kavalski and Maximilian Mayer

Proposed EU criteria for new members show wary Europe has China on its mind

  • A new system aimed at facilitating the membership of Balkan states will now require candidates to be evaluated on their ability to ‘tackle malign third-country influence’
  • This comes in the wake of EU warnings over the past year of China’s growing influence in Central and Eastern Europe
Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron stand in front of Chinese and European Union flags at a signing ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 6, 2019. Photo: Reuters
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