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31 March
Globalisation and interdependence until recently have been seen as the guarantors of peace and cooperation. These have turned out to be the source of conflicts and the instruments of pressure
2 February
In 2017, the world will be defined by three key terms: leadership, populism and human values
26 July, 2016Politics
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks on the human rights situation in Donbas and Crimea, and his further plan regarding these territories
15 July, 2016World
My story is inseparable from my experience as a member of the European Parliament. During my term (2009-2014), I was in a position to witness the debates and political skirmishes in the House that allowed me to anticipate easily what happened recently in the United Kingdom
27 June, 2016
Vice Premier for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration on her priorities and tools, details of Ukraine’s cooperation with NATO, and Ukraine’s overall position on the international arena
25 January, 2016
In countries such as Spain, France or Germany, public perceptions on Ukraine, the Maidan and the war, are a mixture of big-picture frame alongside much confusion
16 December, 2015
The most important challenges are to lay genuinely strong and stable political foundations so that Ukraine never swerves away from its European course of reform regardless of any political uncertainties future elections may bring
16 December, 2015
By liquidity of evil, I assume that we live in a deterministic, pessimistic, fatalistic, fear-and-panic-ridden society, which still tends to cherish its time-honoured, albeit out of date and misleading, liberal-democratic credentials
9 December, 2015
It may take two generations of Ukrainians to rebuild and reorient the country, yet Ukraine won the historic and epic battle for the future
19 August, 2015World
The interests and prejudices of officials and diplomats from the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe and other international agencies sometimes affect policy decisions more than they should
8 July, 2015Economics
A number of challenges and opportunities are coming Ukraine’s way as the European gas market undergoes a major restructurin
18 June, 2015
The Ukrainian Week spoke to the President of the European Investment Bank about priorities in cooperation with Ukraine, quality control of projects that receive access to the funding and SMEs as a potential driver of Ukraine’s economy
20 May, 2015
It is in Europe’s interests to prevent Ukraine from becoming a failed state and to contribute to its democratic normalisation
14 May, 2015World
The first speaker of the Seimas of the independent Lithuania and EMP until recently on the way Europe is changing its perception of Russia, the shifting "center of Europeanness", and why it is crucial for Ukrainians to resist disenchantment
14 May, 2015
Europe won’t bear the cost or the risk for the defences it needs. That won’t change until Europeans are a lot more scared or angry than they are now—which may be too late
12 May, 2015World
The veterans fought for freedom and a better life in Europe. Can that peace and prosperity now endure in the face of so many new challenges?
13 November, 2014
Not everyone raised under western democracy considers freedom a universal value. Especially when it comes to the freedom of those whom they are not accustomed to noticing, hearing, or understanding
23 October, 2014
Soviet Communism was always reminiscent of the nearly Byzantine sacrosanct structure of symbolic authority, and the fusion of the sacral and secular elements of power
23 October, 2014World
After 1989, East European Communists transformed into social-democrats. Those who survived lustration remained in politics at home through the 1990s and early 2000s
17 October, 2014Politics
Discussions about effectiveness of sanctions made fruitful grounds for speculations by those inclined to fish in troubled waters. Some representatives of French business openly ignore the EU restrictions declaring readiness to invest in Crimea and other partnerships with Russia
22 August, 2014News
In a comment on the crossing of the Ukrainian border by the Russian convoy for The Ukrainian Week, Daniel Holtgen, Spokesperson of the Council of Europe Secretary General, says that the CoE appeals to both sides to find an agreement which respects Ukraine’s territorial integrity and international law
19 August, 2014World
Bribing Western intellectuals and exporting Russia’s peculiar ideology have long been a favourite diversion of Russian rulers
12 August, 2014World
Rebecca Harms, the President of the Greens-European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, is one of EMPs who watch the situation in Ukraine closely. During her latest visit to Ukraine, The Ukrainian Week took a chance to speak to her shortly after her return from Eastern Ukraine.
11 July, 2014News
Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the EU, is disappointed with the EU’s decision on sanctions against Russia
28 June, 2014News
The European Commission says that threats to “punish” European companies that supply or transit gas to Ukraine by Gazprom’s CEO Alexei Miller are absolutely unacceptable
27 June, 2014News
EU leaders claim that new sanctions against Russia could be passed anytime, the European Council says in its conclusions on Ukraine passed at the session in Brussels today
11 June, 2014World
The Ukrainian Week talks to Wolfgang Ischinger, German diplomat who was the Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for National Dialogue Roundtables in Ukraine, on his work, European and Ukrainian co-existence with Russia, and security threats of the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia
11 June, 2014World
The EU is beginning to take concrete action against its excessive dependence on Russian gas
9 June, 2014News
Serbia was forced to halt work on the South Stream gas pipeline, Vice Premier and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Zorana Mihajlović said on Monday
3 April, 2014News
About 98% of the customs duties that Ukrainian iron, steel, farm produce and machinery exporters pay at EU borders will be removed by a proposal backed by European Parliament on Thursday.
12 February, 2014World
How Vladimir Putin has become an example to European right-wing radicals
12 February, 2014
What could be a proper metaphor for a unilateral war – the war that has been waged in the void and with much sound and fury, yet that has no real adversaries? The war waged by the self-chasing ghost? Or that by a Don Quixote stripped of any ideals of chivalry, and confined to the fight against a series of imagined phantom-enemies?
28 January, 2014News
The campaign offers Ukrainian journalists support and urges anyone to send in photos or alerts should any attack on a journalist take place
23 December, 2013Society
US Federal Judge Bohdan Futey talks about the new generation of Ukrainians and threats to Ukraine's independence
20 December, 2013News
The west was prepared to give Kiev at least €20bn in loans if Ukraine agreed sign a landmark European Union integration agreement last month. This information is available due to an internal EU document seen by the Financial Times.
19 December, 2013
The EU should apply a softer and wiser approach to Ukrainian society in terms of freedom of movement. No Ukrainian citizen should feel a poor cousin in EU countries
18 December, 2013
Thus far the U.S. reaction to the Ukrainian upheaval has been subdued, as the Obama administration evidently fears alienating Russia, which it needs to pursue its Middle East policies. It is time for the White House to specify its options, as Ukraine stands on the brink of outright conflict
17 December, 2013
The brutal truth is that public opinion in many Western countries cares little for Ukraine – and certainly not enough to risk an open confrontation with Moscow
17 December, 2013
Western diplomats have expressed “concern” over the situation in Ukraine. They “invite participants in the conflict to negotiate” but have hesitated to state a clear stance. This is not without reason
15 December, 2013Politics
There was a brief euphoria. The President’s incomprehensible and unexpected manoeuvre has baffled and disarmed both the opposition and the public, not to mention his loyal subordinates.
13 December, 2013News
As President Yanukovych’s team is dawdling with the solution of the political crisis in Ukraine, it is trying to get the most out of his defeat, comments Viktor Nebozhenko, President of the Ukrainian Barometer think tank
13 December, 2013News
The people on Maidan were defending something far greater than an association agreement with the EU. They were standing in the way of a police state, defending fundamental European values and defying the post-Soviet order imposed by Russia, The Economist writes
2 December, 2013
The EU must now do everything it can to help the Ukrainian people integrate with Europe, bypassing the gangster regime around Mr Yanukovych.
25 November, 2013World
Despite the growing outcry over immigration, reports show that many immigrants work much harder than native Britons, contribute huge amounts in taxes, and add to employment opportunities
25 November, 2013World
Being in the centre of a clash between civilizations of the East and the West, Ukraine is both a detonator and an object of that clash. In many aspects, its choice is crucial to itself - and Europe's future
22 November, 2013News
Former co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for Ukraine Hanne Severinsen says that turning point, which Vilnius summit could become for Ukraine, seems now to have been lost by a Regime that only has their private interests to fight for.
21 November, 2013
EU member-state embassies should transform into portals between the past and the future, rather than reserves of Euro-robots sending some to heaven, and others to purgatory
20 November, 2013History
Ukraine’s economic relations were originally European. So were its social lifestyle and institutions
19 November, 2013News
On November 21, the Verkhovna Rada will vote on the European integration laws first thing, Speaker Volodymyr Rybak announces.
5 November, 2013Politics
Postponed Association Agreement signing may become an effective tool to put pressure on Yanukovych, but will make Ukraine more vulnerable to Russia
1 November, 2013
Ukraine will remain a friend to a democratic Russia in the future. Now, Ukraine and Russia are bound to bid farewell to one another
21 October, 2013Politics
The ex-premier’s intention to run in the presidential election may discourage Yanukovych from releasing her in exchange for the Association Agreement
21 October, 2013Politics
Under the cover of European integration, the government has pushed lobbied initiatives through parliament
16 October, 2013History
Stalin’s moves to establish communist governments in Central and Eastern Europe relied largely on local elements and tools already tested in the USSR
1 October, 2013Officially
Parliamentary Assembly's written declaration No.554
24 September, 2013Politics
As the November Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius draws closer, doubts fade that Kyiv and Brussels will sign the Association Agreement. How they see its implementation, is the question
20 September, 2013
20 September, 2013
Linas Linkevičius: Countries are free to choose whom they want to join. Their decision depends on arguments. When someone lacks arguments, temptation arises to use pressure and blackmailing
17 September, 2013News
Ukraine's oligarchs have benefited in the past from the Soviet-style, opaque politics. But analysts say they are ready to sacrifice some of that to EU regulation, Robert Coalson reports for Radio Liberty
16 September, 2013News
Moscow’s efforts to push Ukraine away from the EU have only led to growing the number of supporters for Kyiv's integration. Now, the Ukrainian government has to roll up its sleeves and make sure the Association Agreement is signed at the Vilnius summit, political consultant Yuriy Kochevenko writes for EurActiv.
15 September, 2013News
Ukraine lands 87th out of 156 in the World Happiness Report 2013, experts estimate for the UN
13 September, 2013Officially
4 September, 2013News
Ukraine is losing leadership in European integration progress among Eastern Partnership countries. This conclusion is based on the 2013 European Integration Index for Eastern Partnership Countries, presented by the Renaissance Foundation in partnership with the Open Society Foundations in Kyiv today
6 August, 2013Politics
Developments in Ukraine and the lack of effect from the standard techniques of the Russian World have unnerved Vladimir Putin. This may push the Kremlin to radical steps to disrupt the signing of the Association Agreement and DCFTA with the EU and to eliminate the threat of a possible shift in Ukraine’s foreign policy after the 2015 presidential election
30 July, 2013News
Günter Verheugen (SDP), a former European Commission vice president sees “double-standards” in the German government's handling of Ukraine's bid to conclude an association agreement with the EU, EurActive reports.
24 July, 2013
The path from kroon to euro and decisions from 20 years back that make Estonia’s finance minister proud today
23 July, 2013Politics
The PACE Resolution on keeping political and criminal responsibility separate provides the legal foundation for the prevention of political vendettas in the future, despite the fact that it does not mention Ukraine
19 July, 2013History
Bulgaria recently published a list of former KGB agents in the country and reveals the hidden impact of its totalitarian past on the nation’s current life
8 July, 2013
Creeping authoritarianism and state-engineered Islamization can estrange Turkey from its Western neighbors and embroil it even more closely in the turmoil in the Middle East
4 July, 2013News
2 July, 2013News
A series of sex- and-bribery scandals in the new EU states is clouding the EU’s progress in Eastern Europe, reports GlobalPost
2 July, 2013News
During his visit to Kazakhstan British prime minister said the EU should extend its membership deeper into the former Soviet Union, calling for its borders to run from the Atlantic to the Urals, The Guardian reports.
27 June, 2013News
Sikorski said that Ukraine had “time until the end of the summer, if it wants to sign the Agreement in Vilnius,” reports EurActive
18 June, 2013News
The Venice Commission considers the National Referendum Law to not fully comply with international standards, says the official opinion disclosed on the Commission’s website
29 May, 2013News
Key judicial and rule-of-law reforms in Ukraine must not only be adopted but carried out ahead of the November Eastern Partnership Summit, foreign affairs MEPs told the Ukrainian foreign minister, Leonid Kozhara, at the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.
27 May, 2013World
Should the United Kingdom leave the European Union? It is the issue that has split Britain’s politicians
17 May, 2013Politics
The Yanukovych regime is sticking to its utilitarian approach to European integration, while presenting it as the pragmatic protection of Ukraine’s interests.
16 May, 2013News
Yulia Timoshenko`s case and its influence on the future of EU-Ukraine relations were one of the biggest issues discussed at the 6th Europe-Ukraine forum held in Budapest.
15 May, 2013News
European Commission adopted today the proposals for Council Decisions on the Signing and Provisional Application, and on the Conclusion, of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, states the official website of the organization.
3 May, 2013News
1 May, 2013Politics
Czech Republic, as well as all the Visegrád countries would like to see Ukraine sign the Agreement soon
1 May, 2013
Democracy and the rule of law in post-Soviet Ukraine
30 April, 2013
Ukraine must have its own national history, not one dictated by Moscow. And the Ukrainian Insurgent Army is one of its elements.
30 April, 2013World
In order to avoid continued manipulation by the Ukrainian government, the West should focus on direct contacts with Ukrainian society more, and thus form its own concept of the processes in Ukraine
30 April, 2013Officially
30 April, 2013History
To regain its status as a natural part of Europe, Ukraine needs to break free from Russian and Soviet colonial heritage
30 April, 2013History
Ukrainian-European or the Soviet-Russian civilizational model will win out: with the former, Ukraine will quickly catch up with its Western neighbours. With the latter, it will likely cease to exist
29 April, 2013
In the face of a deep economic crisis in Ukraine, the achievements in Vilnius will matter to all Ukrainians
29 April, 2013World
Armenia, Georgia and Moldova have much better chances of signing the Association Agreement in Vilnius than Ukraine at this point. But things may change. The ball is on the Ukrainian side
26 April, 2013
Ukraine's joining the EU would dramatically and irreversibly change the political landscape of Europe, end the division of Europe and close the saga of the Iron Curtain and the Cold War
25 April, 2013News
The expansion of the EU thus far was somewhat problematic in terms of reconciliation of political sensitivities; therefore, Germany and France can be against the Agreement.
24 April, 2013News
24 April, 2013Officially
Written declaration No. 540 | Doc. 13184 | 23 April 2013
22 April, 2013News
Pieter Omtzigt, Dutch politician, member of the Christian Democratic Appeal and member of the EPP Group at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, questions the powers of Ukrainian delegation to PACE after Serhiy Vlasenko, lawyer for Yulia Tymoshenko, was stripped of his MP mandate, reports The Ukrainian Week’s correspondent from Strasbourg.
18 April, 2013News
The special mission of the European Parliament to Ukraine, headed by former President of European Parliament Pat Cox and former Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski has been extended to September, according to Jacek Protasiewicz, EP vice president.
18 April, 2013News
Ukrainian journalists, civil society representatives, NGOs and young people will find it easier to get short-stay visas for trips to the EU thanks to visa deals backed by EP on Thursday, says the statement of the institution.
17 April, 2013News
“The positions of all member states are now coalescing around the vision of waiting for the situation on the ground to improve while keeping the option of signing the agreement open,” Olga Shumylo-Tapiola, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, writes in her article published on the website of think-tank.
17 April, 2013News
The limitation of Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski mission is their “closed door” policy, Hanne Severinsen, PACE co-Rapporteur in 1995-2008, told The Ukrainian Week.
15 April, 2013News
“Ukrainian officials will find that despite the enormous cost and difficulty involved in completing the Association Agreement, a signing ceremony in Vilnius is only the beginning,” Matthew A. Rojansky, deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, claims in his opinion for CNN.
11 April, 2013News
ECHR revealed “a legislative lacuna concerning freedom of assembly which has remained in Ukraine since the end of the Soviet Union” when reaching their judgement in the case of Vyerentsov v. Ukraine, is stated on Council of Europe official website.
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November 21, the 4th anniversary of the Maidan, begins in Kyiv with a prayer for the Heavenly Hundred, the protesters killed at Instytutska Street in February 2014, and the victims of earlier shootings, police violence throughout the revolution
21 November, Stanislav Kozliuk,
Ukraine’s Parliament has started to change the electoral system. Will they be able to finish the job and what will change if the reform goes through?
20 November, Andriy Holub,
What political ambitions do Yulia Tymoshenko and her party hope to achieve before the 2019 elections?
20 November, Roman Malko,
According to recent sociological studies, there have been no significant changes in the mood of Ukrainians over the last three years. The scarcity of demonstrations cannot be attributed to loyalty to the current government, but rather to the fact that the opposition is equally far away from understanding what the citizens need and how these needs can be met
20 November, Andriy Holub,
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