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Ukraine torn between East and West

Kiev has shelved the EU association agreement shortly before it was to be signed. The Ukrainian people are still demanding stronger ties with the West. Will Kiev now permanently align itself with Moscow, or do EU supporters still have a chance?

Eesti Ekspress - Estonia | Wednesday, 23. July 2014

Sergei Metlev sets hopes on Russians living abroad

Russians living outside Russia have a vital role to play in talking sense into the Russian government and population concerning the political situation in Ukraine, Russophone civil rights activist Sergei Metlev writes in the weekly paper Eesti Ekspress: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Tuesday, 18. February 2014

Don't make Klitschko Ukraine's beacon of hope

German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the opposition politicians Vitali Klitschko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the Chancellor's Office on Monday. Too often the West has taken the liberty of deciding who becomes the new leader in crisis regions, the liberal business daily Handelsblatt comments: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 28. January 2014

First step towards compromise in Kiev

The opposition and government in Ukraine agreed on a compromise on Monday which among other things foresees the repeal of anti-protest laws and the clearing ... » more

Main focus of Monday, 27. January 2014

No de-escalation in Ukraine

The angry protests in Ukraine continue unabated. The opposition refused an offer to participate in government on Saturday, while demonstrators tried to occupy administration buildings ... » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Monday, 27. January 2014

Demonstrators don't want compromise

The opposition won't reach an agreement with President Yanukovych because their fight long ago ceased to be about closer ties with Europe and became a fight against the regime instead, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant surmises: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Monday, 27. January 2014

Transfer power to the opposition

If it wants to save EU from total meltdown the EU must act as mediator to pave the way for President Viktor Yanukovych to step down without losing face, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes argues: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, 27. January 2014

EU no longer counting on Kiev

The EU is also responsible for the bloody drama unfolding in Kiev, because it was just as wrong about Ukraine as it was about Turkey, the business paper Hospodárske noviny writes: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Monday, 27. January 2014

Opposition must also make compromises

Even though the opposition is right to reject Yanuovych's offer of participation in government, it should not stand in the way of compromises, the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau comments: » more

Main focus of Friday, 24. January 2014

Kiev negotiations still without result

The Ukrainian government and opposition failed to reach a breakthrough agreement during several hours of negotiations on Thursday. Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko asked the demonstrators ... » more

Gazeta Polska Codziennie - Poland | Friday, 24. January 2014

Apply sanctions against Moscow, not Kiev

The US imposed visa restrictions on Ukrainian officials on Wednesday in reaction to the violence in Kiev. More effective would be sanctions against Russia, the national-conservative tabloid Gazeta Polska Codziennie contends: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Friday, 24. January 2014

EU and Russia must work together

As the situation in Kiev increasingly resembles a civil war, the left-liberal Frankfurter Rundschau urges Russia and the EU to jointly seek a solution for Ukraine: » more

15min - Lithuania | Thursday, 23. January 2014

West must pressure Yanukovych

The West can only stop the government's brutal approach in Ukraine with targeted sanctions against Yanukovych, political scientist Laurynas Kasčiūnas writes on the portal 15min: » more

Revista 22 - Romania | Friday, 24. January 2014

Ukraine a victim of its Soviet past

The pro-European demonstrators in Ukraine have their work cut out for them in view of the country's Soviet past, the weekly Revista 22 points out: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 23. January 2014

Opposition gives Yanukovych an ultimatum

Following days of violent clashes in Kiev, the Ukrainian opposition has delivered an ultimatum to Viktor Yanukovych. The president must respond to the demonstrators' demands ... » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, 23. January 2014

Kiev needs national reconciliation

Despite the recent escalation in violence, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza still sees a glimmer of hope for Ukraine, and calls on the country's leadership and the opposition to seek reconciliation: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 23. January 2014

Ukrainians will head West

In view of the civil war-like situation in Kiev, Europe should prepare itself for more immigration from Ukraine, the business paper Hospodářské noviny contends: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, 23. January 2014

Ukraine won't be oppressed

Yanukovych seems determined to subdue the opposition protests, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant comments: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Thursday, 23. January 2014

Oligarchs on Europe's side

Europe must exhaust all the possibilities for exerting pressure on the leadership in Ukraine, the independent daily Dagens Nyheter urges: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 22. January 2014

Ukraine needs option between Putin and Europe

Kiev was the scene of new clashes between aggressive demonstrators and the police on Tuesday night, which reportedly left two people dead. Ukraine needs a third way because the choice between Europe and Putin threatens to destroy it, the left-leaning daily taz contends: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 21. January 2014

New violence in Ukraine

After the street fighting on the weekend, there were new clashes between government opponents and security forces on Monday. President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leader ... » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Tuesday, 21. January 2014

Protests out of control

If the opposition continues to grow more and more radical and Yanukovych loses his room for manoeuvre, Ukraine will face a conflict of uncontrollable proportions, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza fears: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 21. January 2014

Kiev pulling down bridges to the West

With the tougher anti-protest legislation and other controversial laws President Yanukovych has proven that his Ukraine is not a democratic state governed by the rule of law, the liberal daily Sme concludes: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 20. January 2014

Sanctions now needed

If Viktor Yanukovych doesn't revoke the tightened anti-protest laws passed on Friday the West should impose sanctions against the Ukrainian regime, the conservative daily the Financial Times proposes: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, 20. January 2014

Last chance for a peaceful solution in Kiev

Fierce clashes broke out between anti-government protesters and police at a demonstration attended by up to 200,000 in Kiev on Sunday. Dozens of people were injured. After weeks of fruitless protest the situation is now escalating, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias warns: » more

Polityka Online - Poland | Monday, 13. January 2014

Nationalists play into Yanukovych's hands

Ukrainian security forces once again took brutal action against pro-European demonstrators on Saturday in Kiev, leaving among others former interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko seriously injured. Even more worrying than the government's brutality is the growing strength of Ukrainian nationalists among the government's opponents, the left-liberal news portal Polityka Online comments: » more

Format - Austria | Monday, 23. December 2013

Moscow wins battle for Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has scored a victory above all in the conflict between East and West over divided Ukraine, former Austrian chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer comments on the online portal of the weekly magazine Format: » more

Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Friday, 20. December 2013

EU wants Ukrainians as cheap labour

The Ukrainian opposition politician Vitali Klitschko has called on Europe's politicians to show solidarity with his country. Roughly 70 percent of Ukrainians want an agreement with the EU rather than Russia, he wrote in the German tabloid Bild on Thursday. But Europe needs to tell the EU supporters in Ukraine the truth, the national-conservative daily Neatkarīgā warns: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 18. December 2013

Moscow provides Kiev with billions

Russia will grant Ukraine a loan of 15 billion dollars and lower the price of natural gas, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian leader Vladimir ... » more

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Wednesday, 18. December 2013

Trenches getting deeper in Ukraine

Ukraine is becoming increasingly divided, the liberal daily Lietuvos rytas comments worriedly: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 18. December 2013

Cheap gas as bait for Customs Union

Putin's decision to cut the price of gas for Ukraine is no cause for the country to rejoice, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung - Germany | Sunday, 15. December 2013

For Konrad Schuller a new nation is emering in Ukraine

The pro-European demonstrations on Kiev's Independence Square could help the country to become a democratic nation, the correspondent Konrad Schuller writes in the conservative Sunday paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 13. December 2013

Oligarchy putting Yanukovych under pressure

The Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych may decide to sign the EU association agreement after all, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said on Thursday upon returning from talks in Kiev. The reason for this potential about-face is not the protests but pressure from the oligarchs, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera suspects: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Thursday, 12. December 2013

Merkel must join the fray in Ukraine

The EU foreign affairs representative Catherine Ashton engaged in talks with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition figures in Kiev on Tuesday. But only German Chancellor Angela Merkel has the political clout necessary to mediate between the EU and Ukraine, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes contends: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, 12. December 2013

Europe's heart now beats in Kiev

After the clashes between EU supporters and security forces in Kiev on Wednesday, fears of further escalation are growing. But the conflict also has a positive side, namely the veritable renaissance of the idea of Europe, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes: » more

Expressen - Sweden | Wednesday, 11. December 2013

Kiev facing major decisions

Democratic deficits, a divided opposition, an ailing economy - the tabloid Expressen paints a dark picture of Ukraine standing at a crossroads: » more

Tvnet - Latvia | Tuesday, 10. December 2013

Ukraine as divided as the Balkans

The battle over Ukraine has become the biggest conflict between the EU and Russia since the end of the Cold War, web portal Tvnet comments and asks whether the country being split in two would be a possibility: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 10. December 2013

Situation escalates in Kiev

Security forces stormed the headquarters of Yulia Tymoshenko's Fatherland Party in Kiev on Monday. At the same time President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition politician Vitali ... » more

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | Tuesday, 10. December 2013

Putin will win in the political boxing ring

People shouldn't put too much hope in boxing world champion Klitschko as the leader of the opposition, the daily 24 Chasa warns: » more

Avvenire - Italy | Tuesday, 10. December 2013

Ukraine threatened by civil war

Blood may soon be spilled in Kiev because the Ukrainian authorities are under the control of merciless Moscow, the Catholic daily Avvenire fears: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 10. December 2013

Europe must not rely solely on Klitschko

According to the news magazine Der Spiegel, conservative European politicians around German Chancellor Angela Merkel want to focus on preparing Ukrainian opposition figure Vitali Klitschko as a presidential candidate. But that could mean repeating the mistakes committed by the EU during the negotiations on an association agreement, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung warns: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, 6. December 2013

Europe needs A members and B members

The conflict in Ukraine highlights the dilemma the EU faces with its enlargement policy, the cultural historian Thomas van der Dunk writes in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Thursday, 5. December 2013

Ukraine must stand on its own two feet first

The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle stressed in a televised interview in Kiev on Wednesday that "the door to Europe is still open for Ukraine". That's not true, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita observes, arguing that in the end what the country needs is a domestic policy solution to its problems: » more

Lrytas - Lithuania | Wednesday, 4. December 2013

EU Council presidency silent on Ukraine

In Lithuania neither the president nor the prime minister have reacted to the Ukrainian police's brutal treatment of demonstrators, the portal criticises: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 4. December 2013

Kiev opposition lacks power to oust government

The Ukrainian opposition failed with its no-confidence vote against head of government Nikolai Asarov on Tuesday. This shows how risky its strategy of trying to topple the government in Kiev is, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 3. December 2013

Opposition ups the pressure on Yanukovych

The opposition in Ukraine now hopes to topple the government of President Viktor Yanokovych with a vote of no confidence. The members of parliament will ... » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Tuesday, 3. December 2013

Abolish visa requirements for Ukrainians

The EU should lend unconditional support to the demonstrators in Ukraine, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita writes: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Tuesday, 3. December 2013

OSCE as mediator between East and West

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) could play the role of mediator at its meeting this week in Kiev, the liberal business paper Handelsblatt writes: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 3. December 2013

Ukraine lost for decades to come

The demonstrations in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities cannot hide the fact that Ukraine's hopes of closer ties to Europe have been dashed for a long time to come, the liberal daily Sme writes: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Tuesday, 3. December 2013

Protests in Kiev should inspire EU

The pro-European protests in Ukraine should also give the EU hope that the weariness caused by the euro crisis will be overcome, writes the left-liberal daily Politiken: » more

Main focus of Monday, 2. December 2013

Mass protests against Yanukovych

In protest against President Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian course the opposition in Ukraine on Saturday announced that it would be holding a general strike. ... » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 2. December 2013

Brussels' calls fall on deaf ears in Kiev

After its defeat in Kiev, the EU must revise its strategy regarding its neighbours to the east, the left-liberal daily El País concludes: » more

Verslo žinios - Lithuania | Monday, 2. December 2013

Vilnius summit shifts focus to the east

Even though the association agreement with Ukraine failed to materialise, the business daily paper Verslo žinios sees the EU summit in Ukraine as a success: » more

Respekt - Czech Republic | Monday, 2. December 2013

Ukrainians long for Europe

The mass demonstrations in Kiev are an expression of the Ukrainians' longing for Europe, the liberal weekly newspaper Respect believes: » more

România Liberâ - Romania | Monday, 2. December 2013

Eastern Partnership not the way into the EU

The conclusion of association agreements with Georgia and the Republic of Moldova is little more than a sham, the conservative daily Romania Libera writes: » more

Etelä-Suomen-Sanomat - Finland | Sunday, 1. December 2013

Russia fears the West

The power struggle over Ukraine shows how much Russia fears the West's influence, the liberal daily Etelä-Suomen Sanomat comments: » more

Main focus of Friday, 29. November 2013

Moldova and Georgia move closer to EU

The EU initialled association agreements with the Republic of Moldova and Georgia at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on Friday. Scant consolation in view ... » more

Večer - Slovenia | Friday, 29. November 2013

Ukraine facing an era of deep division

Unlike Ukraine the Republic of Moldova and Georgia are improving their ties with the EU and initialled their respective association agreements with the Union on Friday. The conservative daily Večer foresees a troubled future for Ukraine: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 29. November 2013

Europe must wrest control from Putin

Even if the EU does end up forging stronger ties with the former Soviet republics Georgia and Moldova at the end of the summit, it won't be enough to save the event, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 29. November 2013

Total triumph for Russia

At the EU's Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius Russia's tough tactics have won out right down the line, the conservative daily Lidové noviny comments: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 29. November 2013

Confrontation with EU risky for Moscow

Moscow must realise that its ambitious bid to regain its superpower status can't be successful in the long term, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: » more

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Thursday, 28. November 2013

Lithuania makes a fool of itself in Kiev

The summit on the Eastern Partnership at which the EU association agreement with Ukraine was to be signed begins in Vilnius today. But the ill-starred visit of Lithuania's parliamentary speaker Loreta Graužinienė to Kiev in the run-up to the meeting has put the country in a bad light, the liberal daily Lietuvos rytas writes: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Wednesday, 27. November 2013

Moscow and Kiev undermine Eastern Partnership

The EU wants to deepen its cooperation with six former Soviet republics at the EU Eastern Partnership summit starting today, Thursday, in Vilnius. After the failure of the association agreement with Ukraine its chances of success are limited, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times surmises: » more

Kyiv Post - Ukraine | Tuesday, 26. November 2013

Global perspectives: Kiev won't get preferential treatment from EU and IMF

In a televised interview broadcast on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said he didn't consider his country ready for a partnership with the EU. In reality all he wants is the money without having to push through reforms, economist Timothy Ash writes in the liberal Ukrainian daily Kyiv Post: » more

Slon - Russia | Friday, 22. November 2013

Global perspectives: Ukraine and EU don't need each other

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych stressed on Tuesday that he would only be willing to sign an association agreement with the EU if it offered better terms. The right approach, the liberal Russian business news website Slon writes: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 26. November 2013

EU supporters battle on in Ukraine

Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko began a hunger strike on Monday in a bid to have the association agreement signed. Meanwhile tens of thousands continue to ... » more

Delfi - Lithuania | Monday, 25. November 2013

Yanukovych blackmailing the EU

It's entirely possible that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych wants to pressure the EU with his ostensible rapprochement with Moscow, political scientist Marius Laurinavičius surmises on the online portal Delfi: » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Tuesday, 26. November 2013

Ukrainians want to shape their own future

The Ukrainians feel they have been deceived by their government, the Ukrainian student Maksim German explains in the liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 26. November 2013

Kiew torn between East and West

In a joint declaration on Monday, the head of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy criticised Russia's policy on Ukraine. The EU leaders are making things too easy for themselves, the left-liberal daily Der Standard points out and calls on the EU and Russia to enter a dialogue: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 26. November 2013

Where the European dream still lives on

The pro-European demonstrations in Ukraine serve as a warning to the EU that it should remember its true purpose, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes: » more

Adevârul - Romania | Monday, 25. November 2013

Moscow pushing Moldova to pull out too

Around 15,000 people gathered in the Moldovan capital of Chişinău on Saturday to call on the country's leaders not to sign the association agreement with the EU. Writing in the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul, Sorin Bocancea, a political analyst, believes the country may go the same route as Ukraine: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 25. November 2013

Fear prevents new Orange Revolution

Vast crowds gathered in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities on Sunday to demonstrate for their country allying itself more closely with the European Union. The opposition called on President Viktor Yanukovych to sign the Association Agreement with the EU after all. Even if the events are reminiscent of the Orange Revolution, a new revolution is not in the offing, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: » more

Main focus of Friday, 22. November 2013

Kiev abandons EU course

The Ukrainian government broke off the preparations for signing an association agreement with the EU on Thursday. At the same time it announced plans to ... » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Friday, 22. November 2013

Russia a global player once more

Ukraine's succumbing to pressure from Russia is above all due to Russia's increasing clout on the global stage, the state-run daily Wiener Zeitung contends: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 22. November 2013

Crisis EU fails to charm Ukraine

Ukraine's decision to pull out is disappointing in the eyes of the conservative daily Lidové noviny, but the paper sees the EU as the main culprit: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Friday, 22. November 2013

Ukrainian people pay the price

By turning away from Europe, Ukraine is only making itself more dependent on Russia - and the Ukrainian citizens stand to suffer the most as a result, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita concludes: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Thursday, 21. November 2013

Yanukovych just cares about staying in power

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has once again demonstrated that he's not a reliable partner, the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau comments: » more

Lietuvos žinios - Lithuania | Monday, 18. November 2013

At some point Ukraine will turn to EU

Ten days before the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, the signing of an association agreement with Ukraine still hasn't been decided. In an article in the conservative daily Lietuvos žinios, political analyst Kęstutis Girnius writes that even if the agreement isn't signed it's no great calamity because sooner or later Ukraine will turn to the West anyway: » more

Delfi - Latvia | Thursday, 14. November 2013

Ukraine remains joker for Putin's empire

Despite huge pressure from the EU, the Ukrainian parliament postponed a vote on the release of imprisoned ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Wednesday. The web portal Delfi writes that this means the signing of an association agreement with the EU planned for late November won't go ahead - and that Russian President Vladimir Putin has successfully restored his empire to a large extent: » more

Lrytas - Lithuania | Thursday, 14. November 2013

Don't judge Ukraine by Tymoshenko's case

The Ukrainian parliament postponed on Wednesday a vote on allowing the imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to leave the country. The decision puts the conclusion of an association agreement with the EU at risk, which is unfair, political analysts Marius Laurinavičius and Vytautas Keršanskas comment on the online portal » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 28. October 2013

Putin forcing Ukraine westwards

The EU and Ukraine want to conclude an association and free trade agreement at the end of November. Russia has unintentionally accelerated this process, the conservative daily The Times writes: » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 10. October 2013

Tymoshenko could soon be free

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev on Thursday to discuss the release of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been in prison for two years. The left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung sees several indications that Tymoschenko will soon be released: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 10. October 2013

Tymoshenko just an ornament

The release of imprisoned former Ukrainian head of government Yulia Tymoschenko to allow her to receive medical treatment in Germany appears to be a done deal, according to the media. This would mean that Kiev fulfils one of the conditions for its association agreement with the EU. But Tymoshenko is just an ornament in the whole affair, the conservative daily Lidové noviny comments: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 26. September 2013

Show Ukraine the way to Europe

Ukraine is expected to sign an association agreement with the EU in November. Russia is meanwhile exerting pressure on its neighbour, while reservations are being heard in the EU in view of overdue judicial and electoral reforms in the country. The conservative daily Financial Times nevertheless believes the EU should go ahead with the agreement: » more

Lietuvos žinios - Lithuania | Tuesday, 24. September 2013

Ukraine moves closer to EU

The Ukrainian government last week approved the draft version of the Association Agreement with the EU, which is to be signed in Vilnius at the end of November. Political analyst Alvydas Medalinskas rates these most recent developments as very promising in the conservative daily Lietuvos žinios: » more

Verslo žinios - Lithuania | Friday, 6. September 2013

Russia still fighting for Ukraine

The signing of an association agreement with Ukraine is to be a top priority at the EU Eastern Partnership summit at the end of November in Vilnius. But Russia will do everything in its power to torpedo the agreement, the business paper Verslo žinios believes: » more

Polityka Online - Poland | Tuesday, 27. August 2013

Ukraine aims for closer ties to West

Marking the 23rd anniversary of Ukrainian independence the country's president Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday pledged to work more closely with the EU. This will work against Moscow, the left-liberal news portal Polityka Online comments: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 8. April 2013

Kiev involuntarily turns to EU

In a surprise move, President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine granted a pardon on the weekend to two former ministers who served in Yulia Tymoshenko's government. The conservative daily Lidové noviny sees this as a hopeful sign that Ukraine wants to improve relations with the EU. "Yanukovych has no time to lose. The country's domestic politics are breaking down; there is a power vacuum. This pleases Moscow. Part of the Kremlin elite has never regarded Ukraine as a state capable of surviving independently. Yanukovych and those around him know it. They face the choice between Kiev and the Ukrainian oligarchy being caught in Moscow's deadly embrace or a critical and powerful Brussels. To be on the safe side they are opting for the EU. The release of the two ministers is an attempt on Yanukovych's part to save the key agreements on cooperation with the EU. An attempt that demands a response: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Tuesday, 26. February 2013

Ukraine is a country of last chances

The EU has told Ukraine it has until May to implement constitutional reforms. Only if the country complies can an association agreement be signed, EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy explained after the EU-Ukraine summit on Monday in Brussels. Europe must be forbearing towards Ukraine, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza urges: » more


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