Bruno Mascitelli, recently retired from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne Australia, where he was an academic for more than 20 years. His qualifications include a Masters Degree as well as a Doctorate which he completed in 2005. Bruno closed his career as a Professor in International Studies and was also the President of the European Studies Association for almost 20 years. He is a co-editor of the Australian New Zealand Journal of European Studies and has published 25 books alongside some 50 journal articles. His research interests include Italian expatriate voting and European political economy. His latest book is entitled Italy and the European Union: A rollercoaster journey co-authored with Professor Marco Brunazzo.
The impact of the ongoing war in Ukraine unleashed by the Russian invasion in February 2022 was bound to affect the integrated and mutually reliant economies of Europe and the world.
Shortly after the invasion by Russia, Ukraine requested to join the European Union. How do we make sense of this complex situation? What are the likely consequences if Ukraine's request for membership is granted?