Why is it so much harder than anyone expected to break ties with the soviet past?
Why is right-wing populism on the rise around the world
The Ukraine-Russia union treaty of 1920
|2 July||Breaking news|
The Russian side already tried to gather a council meeting on the law on Volodymyr Zelenskiy's inauguration day on May 20
|24 May||Breaking news|
The European Union is interested in high-level transport cooperation with Ukraine and further development and reformation of the transport sector in accordance with EU norms and standards
What system they are trying to restore in Russia today
How dissidents were punished in an era of a “real socialism”
What measures Europe can apply to former ISIS militants
What is the current situation of Brexit in the United Kingdom
|22 February||Breaking news|
The European Union is set next week to remove Andriy Klyuyev, the head of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s presidential administration, from its sanctions list
What should lie at the foundation of Ukraine’s integration into a united Europe so that later on there isn’t an Ukrexit?
The missile rhetoric from Stalin to Putin
What unreasonable public expectations regarding the EU might get in the way of Ukraine’s eurointegration?
|30 January||Breaking news|
Ukraine has restarted exports of its own natural gas to Europe after fifteen years, exporting a relatively small amount to Slovakia, seemingly to demonstrate to the Ukrainian gas sector how easily it can be done
|29 January||Breaking news|
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced he will seek reelection in the March presidential election, and vowed to press for European Union and NATO membership
What Stalin adopted from the Leninist experience of suppressing anti-Soviet protests in 1921
|30 December, 2018||Breaking news|
Russia has banned chocolate, beer and nappies made in Ukraine, in its latest economic sanctions on Kyiv
|11 December, 2018||World|
What ails the European allies of Donald Trump
|10 November, 2018||History|
Why the bomb laid under the foundation of the USSR exploded
|28 August, 2018||History|
How Soviet citizens ended up voting unanimously in elections
|5 October, 2017||History|
What national policy was like in the USSR
|26 May, 2017||Society|
Three years after the May 2 fire at the Trade Unions’ Building in Odesa, virtually all those involved have fled Ukraine. The remaining suspects have been under trial for more than two years now
|3 March, 2017||History|
When Nikita Khrushchev came to power, he brought a "Ukrainian clan" with him. It later removed their patron from the helm of the USSR
|31 August, 2016||Economics|
Privatization in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its role in the rise of oligarchy
|23 August, 2016||History|
The 1920s’ Avant-garde school of artists was ultimately destroyed as class enemies—for hooliganism and pornography
|6 May, 2016||Society|
Expectation of confrontations on May 2, the anniversary of the Trade Unions Building tragedy when 48 people died in a fire in Odesa, has already become a tradition. However, for the second consecutive year, there have been no clashes, no civil unrest, and no mass disorders
|26 February, 2016|
After using leftist populist slogans to heat up the situation in the Donbas in the spring of 2014, Russia’s proxies have brought rapacious, feudal bolshevism to the region instead
|5 February, 2016||History|
Russia broke up in 1917, but the Bolsheviks intended to restore the empire – as a springboard to create a "Global Soviet Republic"
|2 February, 2016||History|
When as a student I heard Arsenal, the jazz rock band of the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, I was dumbfounded: in Soviet times Russian musicians were playing music that jazz lovers at once identified as being under the influence of Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tear
|11 January, 2016||World|
What role Gazeta Wyborcza played in Poland's transition from communism to democracy
|20 November, 2015||Society|
How much time for Ukrainians to get over the post-genocide syndrome?
|30 October, 2015|
Why absurd opinions on “Ukrainian nationalists” are so persistent, and need to be refuted again and again
|23 September, 2015||History|
When Ukraine declared independence on August 24, 1991, it not only meant the revival of the Ukrainian state—it was the decisive event in the collapse of the totalitarian soviet empire
|20 August, 2015||Politics|
The possibility of change, and the opportunity to make that change stick brings meaning to the idea of independence for many ordinary Ukrainians today
|17 August, 2015|
It is much easier to take the approach of multiple narratives than to accept that one side is right and the other wrong
|6 August, 2015||History|
Former UPA fighter shares his story of struggle against the Nazis and NKVD, GULAGs and return to Ukraine
|26 June, 2015||World|
Why the Maidan in Ukraine has discouraged Belarusians from protests against their authorities
|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, 2014||World|
After 1989, East European Communists transformed into social-democrats. Those who survived lustration remained in politics at home through the 1990s and early 2000s
|24 September, 2014||History|
International lawyer Volodymyr Vasylenko speaks about the events leading to Ukraine's independence
|15 September, 2014||History|
Historian Stanislav Kulchytsky speaks to The Ukrainian Week about why the Kremlin needs Ukraine, what threat the annexation of Crimea poses for Russia, what the essence of the problem in Ukrainian-Russian relations is, and how the political Ukrainian nation is emerging
|8 September, 2014||World|
Vladimir Putin’s bet on aggressive chauvinism and revanchism consolidates the West and unnerves satellites. More and more Russians begin to doubt it as well
|12 June, 2014||Economics|
Previous trade rows with Russia have pushed Ukraine to reorient its key exports to the EU and other markets. This should save it from the disastrous effect of a looming trade war from Russia
|19 May, 2014||News|
Chloroform was found at the Labour Unions Building in Odesa where over 40 people died on May 2, Vitaliy Sakal, Head of the Interior Ministry’s Investigation Headquarters said today
|6 May, 2014||News|
The police were de facto involved in the crimes committed by separatists in Odesa, Acting Prosecutor General Oleh Makhnitsky says in an interview for Channel 5
|14 January, 2014||News|
Economic considerations make a Customs Union less likely than the politics would suggest, says Caroline Freund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
|21 November, 2013||News|
The Customs Union and Ukraine should find a way to mutually reinforce their positions in global trade, says Trade Minister of the Eurasian Economic Commission, Andrey Slepniov
|19 November, 2013||Society|
The Ukrainian Week reflects on this in the historic context with historian Stanislav Kulchytsky
|31 October, 2013||News|
The Ukranian chocolate factory shares a problem with many businesses in the countries that lie between the European Union and Russia. It is caught in a no-man’s land for trade, a place increasingly precarious as each side tries to recruit countries into exclusive trade deals, The New York Times reports.
|20 September, 2013||News|
Russia could expand the reach of its new Customs Union by entering into high-quality free trade agreements with the states that want also to have DCFTAs with the EU. Instead, it insists on playing 19th century zero-sum games of geo-political competition, experts Michael Emerson and Hrant Kostanyan write for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Commentary
|23 August, 2013||Politics|
Ukraine’s economic dependence on the Customs Union is exaggerated in an effort to disrupt the Association Agreement
|23 August, 2013||Politics|
Three years after its creation, the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan has proven to be artificial and quasi-effective
|21 August, 2013||News|
Experts: the future of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU dependents on the stance of the Ukrainian oligarchs
As oligarchs influence country's political and economic development, the result of Vilnius Summit will highly depend on their gains from the Association Agreement; write Piotr Kościński and Ievgen Vorobiov, PISM experts
|21 August, 2013||Economics|
A profound reboot of Ukraine’s socio-economic system is the only way to transform it from an uncompetitive Soviet fragment to a modern dynamic economy
|20 August, 2013||News|
Recent trade war announced by Russia made it easier for Ukraine to decide between the EU and the Custom Union
|20 August, 2013||News|
"The Russian authorities' recent actions against Ukraine, particularly against Ukrainian imports into Russia, are utterly unacceptable,” wrote Hannes Swoboda president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament on party’s official webpage
|16 August, 2013||News|
John O'Sullivan: Russia’s actions against Ukraine are signs for NATO and the West to re-open negotiations
Recent trade bans and “non-tariff barrier” Russia has imposed on Ukraine should make the West and NATO re-open negotiations with Ukraine, writes John O'Sullivan for the National Review
|24 July, 2013|
The path from kroon to euro and decisions from 20 years back that make Estonia’s finance minister proud today
|11 July, 2013||News|
Russia plans to put trade sanctions on Ukraine, penalising imports of chocolate, coal and glass in retaliation for a Ukrainian emergency import tax on cars which has drawn World Trade Organisation opposition, Reuters reports
|26 June, 2013||News|
Representatives of Belarus SMEs launched the collection of signatures for Belarus to leave the Customs Union and hold a warning strike on June 27. The decision was taken at the forum of entrepreneurs on June 24 in Minsk, said Anatol Shumchanka, head of the Perspektyva republican union.
|20 June, 2013||News|
Ukraine still has not chosen between EU and Russia, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said in his interview to EurActiv.
|14 June, 2013||Politics|
The signing of the Memorandum on closer cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Commission by Mykola Azarov on behalf of Ukraine in Minsk, signals that for the second time since the Kharkiv deals, Moscow is foisting Ukraine with a game it cannot win.
|14 June, 2013||News|
MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski: Ukraine must get off the fence when it comes to its relations with Russia and the European Union
Ukraine must stop balancing between EU and Russia and finally make a geopolitical choice, Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski claims in his article for Financial Times.
|7 June, 2013||News|
Polish experts: the mere act of signing the memorandum with Customs Union has worsened Ukraine’s image in the West
The signing of the memorandum with Customs Union proves that blocking the progress of Ukraine’s integration with the EU is an important goal for Russia, Szymon Kardaś and Tadeusz Iwański, experts at Polish Institute of International Affairs, Polish think-tank, write in their article.
|4 June, 2013||News|
MEP Marek Siwiec: Ukraine’s agreement with the Customs Union is “muscle flexing” before the summit in Vilnius
Having attained observer status at the Customs Union Ukraine showed EU that it has an alternative, MEP Marek Siwiec argues in his blog for BlogActiv.
|31 May, 2013||Economics|
Customs Union? Thanks, but no thanks. Free Trade Area with the EU? Yes, but not only.
|30 May, 2013||News|
European Commission: Ukraine-Customs Union cooperation shouldn't prevent signing of Association Agreement
European Commission has underlined that cooperation between Ukraine and the Customs Union should not contradict Ukraine's future commitments under the agreement, reports Interfax-Ukraine News Agency.
|29 May, 2013||News|
Everybody knows that it is not possible to be member of the Custom Union and have Association Agreement with EU at the same time. So the Ukrainian Government plays a dangerous play opening up for observer status, former head of PACE Monitoring Committee writes in her comment for The Ukrainian Week.
|29 May, 2013||News|
Supreme Eurasian Economic Council supported Ukraine’s intention to gain the status of an observer in the Customs Union at the level of member-state leaders, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at the briefing after negotiations of the Customs Union member-state presidents and the leaders of Ukraine and Kazakhstan on May 29 in Astana.
|27 May, 2013||News|
On May 26, Viktor Yanukovych visited Russia and met with Vladimir Putin. No official statements or agreements were disclosed subsequently. Earlier, the media reported that Yanukovych has a meeting with the Customs Union member-state leaders in Astana scheduled for May 28-29 under the framework of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, and the memorandum on Ukraine’s status as an observer in the Customs Union could be signed at the next meeting of EurAsEC member-state leaders.
|27 May, 2013||World|
Should the United Kingdom leave the European Union? It is the issue that has split Britain’s politicians
|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, 2013||World|
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
|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
|5 April, 2013||News|
Ukraine is not following any particular route at the moment, claims The Economist.
|3 April, 2013||News|
Russian ambassador: The EU has never offered - and in my view will never offer - full membership to Ukraine.
EU has never promised full membership to Ukraine, whereas Eurasian economic union has done it from the outset, Vladimir Chizhov, Russian representative to EU, told in his interview to EurActiv.
|31 March, 2013||World|
The Customs Union is causing major economic problems not only for its “minority” members, Kazakhstan and Belarus, but even for the major stakeholder - Russia
|31 March, 2013|
Does Kyiv truly want to join both the EU and the Customs Union? If it is bluffing, then who is the true partner and who is the fake?
|22 February, 2013||World|
Andrew Wilson, political analyst and Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, talks to The Ukrainian Week about the Ukraine-EU Summit and Yanukovych's tactics in negotiations with Brussels
|9 January, 2013|
Paradoxically, gigantic Russia with its cultural and ethnic diversity is much more monolithic in its fundamental ideologies (and hence collective illusions) than the compact and seemingly more homogeneous Ukraine.
|17 December, 2012||Politics|
The Kremlin will try to drag Ukraine into the Customs Union – or at least get control of some sectors of its economy
|17 December, 2012||Politics|
Moscow knows that Ukraine may slip out from under its control after the 2015 presidential election. It looks like the Kremlin is setting the scene for a preventive attack.
|17 December, 2012||Politics|
The newly-elected MP and right-hand man of Arseniy Yatseniuk talks about the Customs Union,the threats of referendums under the new law and why the current Administration does not welcome young and progressive middle class
|29 November, 2012||Politics|
Members of the opposition fear that a new law on referendums is intended to pave the way to joining the Customs Union with Russia.
|5 October, 2012|
Is European culture a fantasy? Is it more or less so than European politics? These are the questions that cross my mind over and over again when I try to think of how to reverse the ongoing tragedy of the EU – namely, its silent and slow demise, which is a fact of reality, to my dismay.
|27 September, 2012||World|
Jerzy Buzek: “The most convenient and successful way for Ukraine to resist Russian influence would be to sign the Association Agreement”
Jerzy Buzek was one of the first European politicians who said that the Yulia Tymoshenko case was politically motivated. Even after his term as a European MP expired at the beginning of this year, Jerzy Buzek continues to monitor the situation in Ukraine.
|7 August, 2012||Economics|
Darren Heyman: “For investors, joining the free trade zone with the European Union, means that it is safer to conduct business in Ukraine”
Investment analyst Darren Heyman told The Ukrainian Week about the key advantages and risks, which free trade with the EU envisages
|4 June, 2012|
To have a plausible political-historical narrative nowadays means to have viable politics, rather than policies masquerading as politics.
|3 May, 2012||History|
Varying interpretations of 20th century history prevent the movement to acknowledge Communist crimes from spreading throughout Europe
|3 May, 2012||Security|
Ukraine is no longer a priority for Western countries
|11 April, 2012||Politics|
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
|27 January, 2012||World|
Genevieve Garrigos, President of Amnesty International France, talks about how to defend human rights
|27 January, 2012||Politics|
Ukraine’s public organizations are hampered by outdated legislation and red tape
|29 November, 2011||Economics|
Tough political reality could shatter handsome economic deals within the CIS
|14 November, 2011|
The resolution on the situation in Ukraine recently adopted by the European Parliament signified the arrival of a new phase in relations between Ukraine and the EU
|11 November, 2011||Politics|
The EU’s bureaucratic machine's reaction to “signals” from Kyiv will be a slowdown in all areas of cooperation and the EU's taking a wait-and-see stance
|28 October, 2011||Politics|
The Ukrainian Week follows Western reaction to the verdict against ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko. The shock caused by the moves of the Ukrainian government is fading. Experts and politicians analyze the new reality of Ukraine in the international arena
|10 October, 2011||Politics|
The position of non-democratic forces at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly keeps it from fulfilling its fundamental functions of protecting human rights and the rule of law to the full extent
|7 October, 2011||Politics|
At the Eastern Partnership summit, EU leaders indicated that there is a direct link between Ukraine’s European integration prospects and the Yulia Tymoshenko case
|6 October, 2011||Politics|
Steven Pifer: “You have some people in Europe and the US asking if it is time to apply possible restrictions on certain Ukrainian officials”.