the accession of Queen Elizabeth II
an exhibit of the museum's latest accessions
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The European Union, which has recently announced its intention to begin accession negotiations with Kyiv, should accelerate the membership timetable for Ukraine and offer it a special EU-lite arrangement in the interim.—Richard Haass and Charles Kupchan, Foreign Affairs, 17 Nov. 2023 Orban has irritated other NATO members by slow-walking Sweden’s accession to the alliance and his refusal to fully support Ukraine.—Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2023 This shift culminated in Ethiopia’s accession alongside five other states, including Iran, to the BRICS group, composed of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – a move that offers Ethiopia additional avenues to circumvent future U.S. sanctions.—Mahad Darar, The Conversation, 13 Nov. 2023 On Tuesday, King Charles and Queen Camilla attended the State Opening of Parliament for the first time since his accession.—Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023 Failure to honor their obligations or ratcheting up tensions will have negative consequences for their EU accession processes and block any potential EU financial aid.—Chris Massaro, Fox News, 1 Nov. 2023 Just as Queen Elizabeth privately the anniversary of her accession and the death of her father King George VI at Sandringham, so, too, will Charles spend the day out largely of the public eye.—Town & Country, 8 Sep. 2023 Days after his accession in September 2022, King Charles went viral online after a video hit of him struggling with a leaky pen during a signing ceremony at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland.—Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 19 Oct. 2023 Western policymakers are worried about Ukraine’s ongoing struggles with curbing corruption, an issue that hangs over the new installments of billions of dollars in aid to Kyiv, as well as future talks over accession into NATO and the European Union.—Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2023
The European Union recommended Wednesday that the bloc begins membership talks with Ukraine soon, boosting President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has made EU accession a central goal.—Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2023 The transmission of the trove to the library has begun, as has accessioning (sorting through and processing items on the library’s end).—Celia Wren, Washington Post, 29 June 2023 Should museums de-accession their art?—CBS News, 3 Mar. 2021 The National Gallery accessioned some 8,300 works, including pieces by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Edwin Church, Edward Hopper and Jenny Holzer, transforming its holdings of American and contemporary art and photography.—Peggy McGlone, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2019 The artworks that brought in the huge sums at Christie’s were being de-accessioned by the Fujita Museum in Osaka, Japan.—Graham Bowley, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2017 See More
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borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French accession "acquisition, increase" (Old French also "attack of an illness"), borrowed from Latin accessiōn-, accessiō "approach, onset, paroxysm, addition, accessory," from accēdere "to approach" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at accede