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As the Presidential Administration begins to doubt its ability to stay in power after the parliamentary and later presidential elections, the current authorities are under pressure to pursue alternative scenarios, a key one being changes to the constitution
30 May, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
Vitali Klitschko’s rapid political ascent is due to his readiness to say what most voters want to hear. Yet, it is currently too early to talk about any strategic vision of the nation’s development
22 May, 2012
Vitali Klitschko’s Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR) refuses to run under a single party list with Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna and Arseniy Yatseniuk’s Front of Change in the upcoming parliamentary election. From now on, it is the only opposition political force other than the ‘united opposition’ that is confidently crossing the 5% threshold.
22 May, 2012
The leading Western media have written much and mostly negative about Ukraine in the past few weeks, focusing on Euro 2012 boycott by European presidents for the bad treatment of Ms. Tymoshenko
21 May, 2012   ▪   The Ukrainian Week
Bankova Street’s hopes to manipulate the EU have crashed. Europe has let Ukraine know that it cannot integrate with its current government, but the issue of an efficient alternative remains open
21 May, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
As its popularity ratings plummet, the Party of Regions will find administrative resources and falsifications insufficient and will have to actively employ spoilers against the opposition. The latter’s excessive ambitiousness will only give the advantage to Bankova Street*
3 May, 2012   ▪   Milan Lielich
Batkivshchyna and the Front of Changes, two most popular opposition forces, presented the Declaration of Unity signed by Yulia Tymoshenko and Arseniy Yatseniuk. They announced plans to run under one list in the upcoming parliamentary election.
3 May, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
Passed hastily at night, the new Code of Criminal Procedure was supposed to be a demonstrative adaptation to international standards that will conceal broader opportunities for those in power to continue political repression in the Ukrainian reality
3 May, 2012   ▪   Andriy Skumin
On 13 April, the Verkhovna Rada passed an amendment to the Law On Pipeline Transport to Reform the Oil and Gas Complex, which provides for the re-organization of Naftogaz, currently a national joint stock company.
3 May, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
The situation surrounding the former Ukrainian prime minister has attracted so much attention that any procedural nuances will now drown in fiery debates about the need to have her released, evaluations of the Ukrainian government’s proclivity to repression and proposals of possible ways to pressure it into releasing political prisoners.
28 April, 2012   ▪   Oles Oleksiyenko
The main players facing off in the parliamentary election campaign this autumn have begun to deploy their party structures.
27 April, 2012   ▪   The Ukrainian Week
The Ukrainian Week managed to obtain several answers from Lutsenko prior to his hearing in Strasbourg.
23 April, 2012   ▪   Alla Lazareva
The European Court of Human Rights has yet to rule in Yuriy Lutsenko’s case
23 April, 2012   ▪   Alla Lazareva
The mayoral election in Kyiv will be the first test to reveal the united opposition’s ability to resist the technologies that will be used by the government to ensure the necessary outcome of parliamentary and presidential elections
17 April, 2012   ▪   Serhiy Hrabovsky
An investigation has revealed the essence of Ukraine’s current “national projects”program: these are mostly frauds covered up by hollow promises
17 April, 2012
PACE Monitoring Committee Co-Rapporteurs have once again visited Ukraine where they were finally allowed to see Yuriy Lutsenko and talk to the Prosecutor General. In an interview with The Ukrainian Week, Mailis Reps, Co-Rapporteur of the Monitoring Committee and an Estonian MP, shares her impressions of a meeting with Lutsenko and others and adverse trends she spotted in Kyiv.
11 April, 2012   ▪   Zhanna Bezpiatchuk
Participating in a London round-table, Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky used his impeccable manners and good command of English to try to present a very positive picture of Ukraine in the world's financial capital
11 April, 2012   ▪   Bohdan Tsioupine
Despite pressure and money, despite manipulating election legislation and bribing entire social groups with financial injections from the budget, Ukraine’s leadership feels increasingly insecure. The fear of losing power is gradually turning into panic as current officials become increasingly aware that one day they will be held accountable for violating written and unwritten social laws
3 April, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Mykhelson
It looks like the latest local by-election was a platform for testing mechanisms that could be used in the 2012 parliamentary election
30 March, 2012   ▪   Andrii Duda
Despite implementing large-scale image-building projects, which were largely directed towards the European audience, Petro Poroshenko has no alternative choices for the nation’s development. He has always been part and parcel of the post-soviet oligarchic system
30 March, 2012   ▪   Andriy Skumin
None of the existing opposition parties really seek demonopolization, separation of business and government, or desovietization
30 March, 2012   ▪   Andriy Skumin
Ukraine has an objective demand for a right-centre alternative aiming at liberating and supporting private initiative, radical separation between government and business, and the rapid de-sovietisation of society
30 March, 2012   ▪   Rostyslav Pavlenko
If you can't win over an opponent, try to distort what he says. Apparently, Party of Regions member Serhiy Kivalov has been following that motto as he tells Ukrainians in his numerous interviews that the president of GRECO, Marin Mrčela, the Council of Europe’s Group of States Against Corruption, allegedly opposes the decriminalization of Articles 364 and 365 of the Criminal Code under which Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko were sentenced.
21 March, 2012   ▪   Alla Lazareva
New appointments in the government are more of a window-dressing than an overhaul of the elite
15 March, 2012   ▪   Andriy Skumin
Ukraine is governed by prison rules
12 March, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Mykhelson
Europe seems to finally have understood who it is dealing with in Ukraine. The Ukrainian president is taking a lot of abuse for his policies from one European official after another
7 March, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar   ▪   1
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Mostly discussed for its regulation of the language of instruction in schools, the new law offers more overlooked important innovations intended to change the quality and the content of education in Ukraine
7 November, Hanna Trehub,
The new law on the reintegration of the occupied parts of the Donbas qualifies them as such and names Russia as the occupier. Yet, it does not launch the process of deoccupation or change the mechanism envisaged in the Minsk Agreement
20 October, Maksym Vikhrov,
This week started off with a bang in Kyiv...and it had nothing to do with working on healthcare reform, which the Verkhovna Rada eventually passed on October 19. The #1 topic became a protest action to push political reforms forward that was called by anti-corruption politicians and former Odesa Governor Mikhail Saakashvili
19 October, Stanislav Kozliuk,
Founded this fall, Donetsk oligarch Serhiy Taruta’s Osnova or Foundation party has already started campaigning although the next Verkhovna Rada election is two years away
18 October, Denys Kazanskyi,
 
 
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