Category Archives: European Union

Viktor Yanukovych Excels in Orwellian Doublethink while Ukrainian Politics Resembles George Orwell’s 1984, But Only Better

Taras Kuzio The party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.’ George Orwell, 1984 On a recent episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) the Ukrainian

Viktor Yanukovych Excels in Orwellian Doublethink while Ukrainian Politics Resembles George Orwell’s 1984, But Only Better

Taras Kuzio The party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.’ George Orwell, 1984 On a recent episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) the Ukrainian

Compliance Rituals

Halya Coynash President Yanukovych has announced that if parliament adopts a law allowing his imprisoned political opponent Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for treatment, he will sign it. It would then, he stressed, need a court ruling. This may

Compliance Rituals

Halya Coynash President Yanukovych has announced that if parliament adopts a law allowing his imprisoned political opponent Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for treatment, he will sign it. It would then, he stressed, need a court ruling. This may

Vilnius, Moscow, and Tymoshenko

Ivan Lozowy Ukraine’s two-decade long period of fence-sitting between its choices of European integration and a pro-Russian vector appears to be drawing to a close. During the European Union’s third Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, which will take place November 28-29,

Vilnius, Moscow, and Tymoshenko

Ivan Lozowy Ukraine’s two-decade long period of fence-sitting between its choices of European integration and a pro-Russian vector appears to be drawing to a close. During the European Union’s third Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, which will take place November 28-29,

UKRAINE’S ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT WITH THE EU: ACCEPTABLE COMPROMISES AND SHARED HYPOCRISIES

David R. Marples This paper will examine the prospects for Ukraine signing the Association Agreement with the EU and provide an assessment of the potential pitfalls and advantages of potential cooperation, as well as the responses of the leadership of

UKRAINE’S ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT WITH THE EU: ACCEPTABLE COMPROMISES AND SHARED HYPOCRISIES

David R. Marples This paper will examine the prospects for Ukraine signing the Association Agreement with the EU and provide an assessment of the potential pitfalls and advantages of potential cooperation, as well as the responses of the leadership of

The Real Barricades

Halya Coynash With the critical Vilnius Summit approaching in November and Russia making its position on EU-Ukraine Association  – together with readiness to use unacceptable weapons – all too clear, there is mounting pressure to view the issue in very

The Real Barricades

Halya Coynash With the critical Vilnius Summit approaching in November and Russia making its position on EU-Ukraine Association  – together with readiness to use unacceptable weapons – all too clear, there is mounting pressure to view the issue in very

PROSPECTS FOR ‘PUTINISM’ IN UKRAINE

David Marples and Myroslava Uniat Late July and early August provided examples of the application of “Putinism” in Ukraine: a foreign policy based on a combination of rudeness and pressure. The Russian president made a visit to Kyiv, which was

PROSPECTS FOR ‘PUTINISM’ IN UKRAINE

David Marples and Myroslava Uniat Late July and early August provided examples of the application of “Putinism” in Ukraine: a foreign policy based on a combination of rudeness and pressure. The Russian president made a visit to Kyiv, which was

Not Just One Trial

Halya Coynash In an interview otherwise unconstrained by considerations of accuracy, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov did get one thing right.  It would indeed be unwarranted to link Ukraine’s European integration with one trial alone.  The unique opportunity offered by the

Not Just One Trial

Halya Coynash In an interview otherwise unconstrained by considerations of accuracy, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov did get one thing right.  It would indeed be unwarranted to link Ukraine’s European integration with one trial alone.  The unique opportunity offered by the

The Viktors Go to Brussels

David Marples and Myroslava Uniat After the February 25 16th EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels, Ukraine’s chances of signing an Association Agreement later this year in Vilnius appeared as uncertain as they were before the meeting. What is lacking is a

The Viktors Go to Brussels

David Marples and Myroslava Uniat After the February 25 16th EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels, Ukraine’s chances of signing an Association Agreement later this year in Vilnius appeared as uncertain as they were before the meeting. What is lacking is a

UKRAINE: AN UNSEEN IMBROGLIO?

David Marples and Myroslava Uniat The administration of President Viktor Yanukovych and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov appears to be in confusion. On the one hand it faces a large bill from Russia’s Gazprom for portions of unused gas, along with

UKRAINE: AN UNSEEN IMBROGLIO?

David Marples and Myroslava Uniat The administration of President Viktor Yanukovych and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov appears to be in confusion. On the one hand it faces a large bill from Russia’s Gazprom for portions of unused gas, along with

Moving West is ‘Lesser Evil’ for Ukraine

David Marples On March 30, the EU and Ukraine initialed the text of a new agreement that includes a “deep and comprehensive free trade area.” Is Ukraine now moving irrevocably westward? Of late, one finds many apocalyptic accounts about Ukraine:

Moving West is ‘Lesser Evil’ for Ukraine

David Marples On March 30, the EU and Ukraine initialed the text of a new agreement that includes a “deep and comprehensive free trade area.” Is Ukraine now moving irrevocably westward? Of late, one finds many apocalyptic accounts about Ukraine:

Under Western Eyes

Mykola Riabchuk Ironically, the annual EU-Ukraine summit held in Kyiv on December 19 overshadowed all other political events in Ukraine over the past few weeks, even though its actual results were close to zero. Moreover, the meager results had been

Under Western Eyes

Mykola Riabchuk Ironically, the annual EU-Ukraine summit held in Kyiv on December 19 overshadowed all other political events in Ukraine over the past few weeks, even though its actual results were close to zero. Moreover, the meager results had been

IS UKRAINE LEAVING THE EUROPEAN ENERGY COMMUNITY?

David Marples As Ukraine’s relationship with the EU continues to flounder over human rights issues, the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the lengthy detention of former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko, there are signs that the government is

IS UKRAINE LEAVING THE EUROPEAN ENERGY COMMUNITY?

David Marples As Ukraine’s relationship with the EU continues to flounder over human rights issues, the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the lengthy detention of former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko, there are signs that the government is