“The trouble, however, is that the EU as a whole is in absolute demographic decline and relative economic and technological decline, and its major policies — whether the common fisheries and agriculture policies or the euro and monetary union — have failed. In terms of foreign and security policies, it is an international joke.”
I keep asking myself the same question. (An old article but worthy of a once over.) Reading how bad things get once they join. I realize there would be a transition period, from what an Hungarian acquaintance said, most of them regret joining. Things have not improved.
An article can be read here showing they are gravitating towards Russia again.