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The EU and school windows

It was festive event for the residents of Yabluneve village, in 60 km from Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. Many important guests arrived there recently – EU and UN diplomats, Ukrainian officials, journalists. All together they celebrated… replacement of the old wooden windows in local school.   It could seem some comically. There were many ceremonial speeches,… » read more

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Last Friday outgoing EU Ambassador to Ukraine José Manuel Pinto Teixeira finished his mission and left Kyiv. It was good occasion to have a drink champagne on Ukrainian political Olympus: Mr. Teixeira was very critical about what is going on in Ukraine. His public statements usually threw the Ukrainian establishment into a rage. On Monday… » read more

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We in Ukraine are very happy that thousands of EU nationals could come to our country to enjoy with Euro-2012 football soccer. Despite of many fears and speculations they have estimated by right hospitality and openness of the Ukrainians. There were many reports about excellent communication between common Ukrainians and European football visitors. It was… » read more

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The head of the Euro-2012 Ukraine local organising committee Markiyan Lubkivskyi called Ukraine’s preparation for the soccer “the peculiar rehearsal of Ukraine’s entering to the EU”. “By preparation for the soccer we have reached new standards not only in the infrastructure – modern stadiums, airports, hotels, but in the life of common people”, he said… » read more

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The EU-Ukraine association agreement scheduled for initialling on March, 30. There are two news concerned with this event: good and bad. The good one it that the association agreement will be ready for signing. Difficult and sometimes dramatic negotiations, lasted four and half years, will be resulted in ready text. The bad one is that… » read more

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Chairperson of the Institute of Ukrainian Policy Kost Bondarenko in his article Ukraine: Isolation is not the way forward (EurActiv, November,8) argues that Tymoshenko trial is purely criminal case without any politics. He writes that for the EU would be a mistake to isolate Ukraine because of imprisonment of former premier and opposition leader. It… » read more

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Yanukovych on the crossroad

About 52% Ukrainian citizens wish Ukraine to join European Union accordingly to recent poll, conducted by Razumkov center. If they would need to choose between the EU and Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus’, nearly 44% would prefer Europe and 31% would see Ukraine in Eurasian organization. There is big support of the European… » read more

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It is always interesting to read about perspective of visa-free travel for the Ukrainians. Special report “Ukraine ups ante in EU visa-free travel talks” by Georgi Gotev (EurActiv, Seprember,15) quite well describes current situation. I just would like to share with some own considerations. Doubtless, visa issue is one of the most important in EU-Ukraine… » read more

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It is always interesting to read about perspective of visa-free travel for the Ukrainians. Special report “Ukraine ups ante in EU visa-free travel talks” by Georgi Gotev (Euractive.com, Seprember,15) quite well describes current situation. I just would like to share some own considerations. Doubtless, visa issue is one of the most important in EU-Ukraine relations.… » read more

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Commission’s President Jose Manuel Barroso listed EU’s priorities for the Autumn. In particular he stressed on the need of Union’s help for Libya – „country emerging from 42 years of dictatorship into what we must all ensure is a bright, democratic future”, Barroso said in his video message. Of course, Libya is very important. Hopefully,… » read more

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