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Revolt in Ukraine

The violent protests in Ukraine continue unabated. The demonstrators are calling for President Viktor Yanukovych to step down and want the country to move closer to the EU. Will the opposition have its way or are more clashes yet to come?

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Tuesday, 25. February 2014

Protest potential in Russia too

Russian police arrested over a hundred people demonstrating in front of a court in Moscow where eight opposition members were on trial on Monday. This shows that protests like those in Ukraine could also break out in Russia, the liberal Tagesspiegel warns: » more

Main focus of Monday, 24. February 2014

Changeover of power in Ukraine

After the bloody unrest in Ukraine the parliament dismissed President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday and voted to release opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko from prison. A ... » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, 24. February 2014

Ukrainians don't believe Tymoshenko's tears

After her release from prison Yulia Tymoshenko delivered a speech on Kiev's Independence Square and urged the demonstrators to continue their protests. However the ex-head of government won't play any major role in Ukraine's future, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny predicts: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Monday, 24. February 2014

Maidan fighters die for Europe

The people of Ukraine have defended Europe in the clashes of recent weeks, the liberal daily Le Soir writes, calling on the EU to honour their commitment: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Sunday, 23. February 2014

Division of the country a real danger

Ukrainian unity is in danger, the left-liberal daily The Independent writes, warning that neither camp should be excluded from political developments: » more

Contributors - Romania | Monday, 24. February 2014

Russia will protect its influence by force

Moscow will seek to defend its influence in Ukraine with weapons if need be, political scientist Valentin Naumescu writes in the blog portal » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 24. February 2014

Tymoshenko needs EU's help

If anyone is in a position to stabilise the situation in Ukraine it's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the left-liberal daily Der Standard believes: » more

Main focus of Friday, 21. February 2014

Chaos in Kiev

Thanks to the mediation of the EU and Russia, the Ukrainian government and opposition have apparently reached an agreement to stop the violence in the ... » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Friday, 21. February 2014

Olympic athletes should wear black armbands

The International Olympic Committee rejected a request put forward on Wednesday by the Ukrainian Olympic Committee that Ukrainian athletes be allowed to wear black armbands. A pity, the left-liberal daily Der Tagesspiegel writes, and hopes that in view of the catastrophic situation in Ukraine the closing ceremonies on Sunday will allow for expressions of mourning: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Friday, 21. February 2014

European bunglers powerless against Moscow

Europe is also responsible for the bloody conflict in Ukraine, the conservative daily De Telegraaf writes: » more

El Huffington Post - Spain | Friday, 21. February 2014

For Bernard-Henri Lévy Ukraine is Europe's beating heart

Kiev's Maidan is now at the very heart of Europe, philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Lévy said in early February in a speech to the opposition forces occupying the square. In the speech, now published in his blog with the left-liberal online paper El Huffington Post, he assures the protesters that they have the solidarity of many Europeans: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 21. February 2014

Only Russia and US can save Ukraine

Russian President Putin sent his human rights commissioner Vladimir Lukin to the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Thursday to act as mediator. Only Washington and Moscow can save Ukraine now, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica contends: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Friday, 21. February 2014

A land menaced by division

In view of the bloody street fighting in Kiev the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten no longer rules out the division of Ukraine: » more

Világgazdaság - Hungary | Thursday, 20. February 2014

Putin is Yanukovych's last hope

Only Russia's President Vladimir Putin can influence Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the liberal business paper Világgazdaság writes: » more

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Thursday, 20. February 2014

"USSR light" in danger

Moscow has too much to lose in Ukraine, the conservative daily Salzburger Nachrichten writes: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 20. February 2014

EU ponders sanctions against Kiev leadership

In the wake of bloody clashes in Kiev, the EU foreign ministers may decide today to impose financial sanctions and entry bans against Ukrainian members ... » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Thursday, 20. February 2014

Brussels' timidity down to material interests

Europe's dependence on natural gas from Russia means that its hands are tied vis-a-vis Kiev, the conservative daily La Vanguardia complains: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Thursday, 20. February 2014

Europe's enthusiasm for revolts has waned

The Europeans seem so hesitant in Ukraine because they're not brimming with enthusiasm for the revolt there, the conservative daily Die Welt explains: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 20. February 2014

Time for sanctions against Kiev

The EU has no alternative but to impose sanctions on the regime in Kiev in view of the bloodshed in Ukraine, the business paper Hospodářské noviny argues: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 19. February 2014

EU has pushed Ukraine into a corner

The EU put Ukraine under too much pressure last autumn in the negotiations for an association agreement, columnist Mary Deyevsky comments in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 19. February 2014

Violence escalates in Kiev

Riot police in Kiev on Tuesday night stormed Independence Square, where anti-government protesters had set up camp. According to official sources more than 20 people ... » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Wednesday, 19. February 2014

Future of the country at stake

New elections would probably at least reduce the tensions in Ukraine but they wouldn't solve the fundamental problem, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias comments: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 19. February 2014

Why the EU needs to act now

The EU can't remain impassive in the face of the bloody clashes in Kiev, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera comments: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Wednesday, 19. February 2014

Ukraine sinks into chaos

The escalation of violence in Ukraine makes it clear that Yanukovych is a dictator of the worst kind, the neutral news magazine Newsweek Polska writes, adding that the situation verges on civil war: » more

Valstybė - Lithuania | Monday, 10. February 2014

For Eduardas Eigirdas Ukraine's entire future is at stake

The Ukrainian power struggle is about nothing less than the question of freedom or bondage - and for a long time to come, chief editor ... » more

Le Monde - France | Monday, 3. February 2014

Support civil society in Ukraine

A new political consciousness has emerged in Ukraine, with activists and normal citizens working together closely and developing new forms of protest. Europe must support this development in Ukrainian civil society, philosopher Constantin Sigov writes in the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Monday, 3. February 2014

EU must extradite Azarov to Ukraine

According to a report in the tabloid Kronen Zeitung, the Ukrainian ex-prime minister Mykola Azarov travelled to his son in Vienna straight after tendering his resignation on Tuesday. The liberal Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza sees Azarov as a criminal and calls for his extradition: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 31. January 2014

EU must finally threaten Ukraine with sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that he would withhold complete payment of the billions in aid he had promised Ukraine until a new government has been formed there. The left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung argues that the EU can't remain neutral in view of this pressure from Russia: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 29. January 2014

Black and white reporting on Ukraine

The political crisis in Ukraine is generally being oversimplified by Western media as a struggle between a totalitarian regime and a democratic opposition that wants to join the EU, the left-liberal daily The Guardian criticises: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 29. January 2014

Yanukovych makes concessions

The Ukrainian parliament voted on Tuesday by a large majority in favour of easing the recently tightened anti-protest legislation. President Viktor Yanukovych also accepted Prime ... » more

El País - Spain | Wednesday, 29. January 2014

Opposition wants Yanukovych's resignation

The Ukrainian opposition won't be satisfied with Azarov's resignation, the left-liberal daily El País surmises: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Wednesday, 29. January 2014

The president has not made real sacrifices

With the resignation of the Azarov government and the repeal of the tightened assembly and press laws Yanukovych has only made sacrifices that don't hurt him personally, the liberal daily Sme surmises: » more

Karjalainen - Finland | Wednesday, 29. January 2014

Concessions to Maidan perhaps too late

Yanukovych may have waited too long before making concessions to his opponents, the liberal daily Karjalainen writes: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 28. January 2014

EU should push for new elections

President Viktor Yanukovych's concessions to the opposition are not enough to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, the left-liberal daily The Independent believes: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Tuesday, 28. January 2014

A good time for a peaceful solution

Following repeated appeals from opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, among others, radical protesters ended their occupation of the Justice Ministry in Kiev on Monday. This raises hopes of a de-escalation of the tensions in the country, the public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk comments: » more

Contributors - Romania | Tuesday, 28. January 2014

Russia will do utmost to stay out of struggle

No matter how the situation in Ukraine develops, Russia will stay out of the row for now, political analyst Valentin Naumescu writes on the blog portal Contributors: » more

Ilkka - Finland | Tuesday, 28. January 2014

Time for Nobel Prize winner EU to act

The EU is needed as a mediator in Kiev, the liberal daily Ilkka writes: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 28. January 2014

Everything going according to Putin's plan

The unrest in Ukraine is not the result of a spontaneous development but was planned by Russia's President Vladimir Putin long in advance, the conservative daily Večernji List 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gazeta Polska Codziennie - Poland | Friday, 17. January 2014

Ukraine needs the support of Polish artists

Polish musicians will stage a concert for the pro-European demonstrators on Maidan in Kiev on Sunday, a move that violates a ban by the Ukrainian judiciary. The country badly needs the support of the Poles, the national-conservative tabloid Gazeta Polska Codziennie writes, drawing parallels with the communist era: » 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


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