A Club, as opposed to an association or mob, is supposed to be selective in membership. The joy of being in a club is to exclude some folks from joining it. Some people get this better than others. Full professors in certain places in Canada seem to understand this far better than the European Union. Sure, this piece refers to just the start of a membership process for Moldova, but this process seems to be an unstoppable machine where the logic of previous promises leads to new ones, ultimately leading to membership to a country that fails to meet key conditions for membership to the organization (Cyprus anyone?).
This is not even about map-obsession where membership is aimed at keeping the map of Europe hole-free. Keeping out Croatia or Bosnia or Serbia would mean ugly holes in the map of the EU. But Moldova is on the edge, so its absence should be seen as a problem. Unless Ukraine, Belarus and Russia are down the road?
Isn't this where the EU got into trouble? By forgetting about standards and letting in countries in to the Euro zone even though they fell far short of admission standards (that would be Greece)?
Anyway, as a published skeptic about the EU and the power of its conditionality processes, all I can think is: hee, hee, there they go again.