After a sensational contest in the Ukrainian Parliament, resulting in six opposition MPs being taken to hospital with concussion, the application by Ukraine to join the EEC was unanimously approved in Brussels today.
In Ukraine, as Opposition MPs tried to block a corruption enquiry into their leader Yulia Tymoshenko, MPs from the Pro Presidential Party laid into blockers with fists and flying chairs. Even a flying saucer was identified, although pictures shown on Ukrainian television are so unclear the object could be a handkerchief of surrender.
Lord Prescott of Lonsdale, ex deputy PM in Britain welcomed the move and praised the European community for recognising the 'true grit of Ukrainian politics'. Prescott also claimed that if Tony Blair had let him off his leash in the House of Commons he could have laid out a few obnoxious Tories and gained respect in Europe as a result.
So the corruption charge in Ukraine against the Opposition leader goes forward. The commitment of the Ukrainians to justice has been demonstrated. This is Ukraine's third attempt to join Europe, two previous bids when only a couple of MPs were laid out on each occasion, were not thought sufficiently determined.
But now Ukraine will be giving added muscle to Europe, something sorely lacking until now.