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3 December, 2013 11:53   ▪  

Hanne Severinsen: Ukraine needs help for a new Orange Revolution

Former co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for Ukraine Hanne Severinsen says Europe ought to help with pressure against those responsible for the last days violations – and with open arms and visa for young Ukrainians, that want to experience another form of society.

”Tens of thousands of people are on the streets. They require neither jobs, lower taxes or higher pensions. They demonstrate for integration with Europe,» Severinsen says.

Nine years ago, Ukrainians became famous for their peaceful demonstration against the election fraud of Yanukovych – and demand for a European Ukraine.
They are now back against the same Yanukovych , because he missed the historical European chance.

“Over the past nine years, they have been disillusioned because the Orange Revolution did not delivered reforms – and their apathy contributed in 2010 to give  a resurrected Yanukovych  possibility to grab all power.
They now believe it’s time to act  - instead of just sending their frustrations over Facebook and twitter – and force the president to go to Europe,” Severinsen says.

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In her opinion, EU ought to give a second chance,  but with imperative demands: 1. Reform of the President/ Prosecutor's monopoly of power by prosecution to oversee the whole administrative machinery and private companies , contrary to all democratic ideas of separation of legislative, executive and judicial powers and instrument of abuse of power and corruption. 2. Reform of the selective justice and release of political prisoners of which Yulia Tymoshenko has become the most prominent symbol.

“For Yanukovych the preservation of monopoly power and re-election in 2015 seems most important, so he tries to play double game and risk to become a collapsed sandwich instead of a strong player!” she admits.

“Europe ought to help with pressure against those responsible for the last days violations – and with open arms and visa for young Ukrainians, that want to experience another form of society,” she urges.


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