I imagine Albania, Montenegro, N. Macedonia, hell even Serbia could be member states at this pointView attachment 666587
Under pressure from European populists, in 2031 the EU instituted reforms such that the President of the European Commission was popularly elected, with the top two candidates going to a runoff if no candidate received a majority in the first round. To win in the runoff, a candidate must win a majority of the vote and member states that contain a majority of seats in the EU Parliament. If a split verdict results, the President is selected by majority vote of the EU Parliament. It was widely expected that the inaugural contest in 2034 would be between incumbent President Paulo Rangel (EPP-PT), and candidate of the right Thierry Mariani (ECR-FR), but Marc Botenga managed to barely defeat Rangel in the first round for second place, leading to a controversial runoff. Botenga's support for marxism made him heavily unpopular in the nations of the former Warsaw Pact, many of which he lost by overwhelming margins, and Mariani's victory in his home nation of France put him over the top, even as he lost most of the EU's liberal east.