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Referendum in the Netherlands

On 6 April the Netherlands will be holding a referendum on the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine. The latest polls are showing a small lead for the opponents of the Agreement, but many voters remain undecided. While opponents of the Agreement are driven by Euroscepticism and political disaffection, many observers are warning that the referendum could send a negative political signal on the European Union and Ukraine's European path. more…

Oliver Morwinsky, Moritz Junginger | Country Reports | April 1, 2016

Party System of Ukraine before and after Maidan: changes, development, trends, public demands

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The latest issue of the National Security and Defence journal based on the results of the project “Party System of Ukraine before and after Maidan: changes, development, trends, public demands” comprehensively analyses Ukraine's party system, conditions that preceded the Maidan events, the Russia’s aggression, and main changes that took place after the Revolution of Dignity. The issue also provides expert recommendations to political parties to overcome social-political problems caused by internal political transformation within the parties and in the country as a whole. more…

February 28, 2016

Commemorating Euromaidan's 2nd anniversary: The Youth of the European People’s Party holds Council Meeting in Kyiv

To commemorate the Euromaidan and to put forward a white paper of reforms for Ukraine, more than 70 young political leaders from 30 countries came to Kyiv during the YEPP Council Meeting from 3rd to 5th December 2015. more…

Moritz Junginger | Event Reports | December 14, 2015

Ring of Friends or Ring of Fire?

Eastern Europe between the European and Eurasian Union

Russia and the European Union offer two completely different models of integration to the countries in their common neighbourhood. The EU offers help with modernization and economic reforms, while Russia promises loans and military help if countries join the Eurasian Economic Union. In this regard, the war in the Ukraine shows the incompatibility of the EU’s integrative approach with Russia’s spheres of influence thinking. more…

Stephan Malerius | International Reports | July 8, 2015

Ten Myths Used to Justify Russian Policy in the Ukraine Crisis

The political upheaval in Ukraine has placed territorial and social cohesion, as well as the country’s financial and economic viability, at stake. The events in Crimea have recently made clear that this critical destabilising effect primarily emanates from pro-Russian forces or actions by Russia itself. The arguments used by the Kremlin to justify their actions have proven to be incorrect on closer examination. A number of Russian arguments have been met with understanding. The following description therefore serves to debunk the Russian government’s main arguments as myths. more…

Jasper Eitze, Michael Gleichmann | Facts & Findings | June 23, 2014