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Kiev does not settle down: Manifest frictions in Ukraine’s domestic and foreign policy

After a short period of normalcy at the turn of the year 2007/2008 the activities of Ukraine’s parliament and government were again blockaded during the past weeks. President Yushchenko seems to be anxious to continue affronting Tymoshenko’s government in all political fields and furthermore tries to induce constitutional changes in his favor. A new national crisis is already on the offing. Even if the decision of the World Trade Organization to admit Ukraine’s membership and the beginning of negotiations with the European Union about a free trade area should be counted as important successes, the insufficiently prepared and surprising initiative towards NATO and the chaos in Russian-Ukrainian gas business caused problems in foreign policy. Political stability and the constructive treatment of factual political issues can not be expected soon. more…

Nico Lange | Country Reports | March 18, 2008

The new enhanced Agreement between Ukraine and the EU: proposals of Ukrainian Experts

Policy Paper 8

Subjected to the available EU law standards and national interests of Ukraine and based on the experience of the association and partnership agreements between EU and third countries in the past and those, which presently are being negotiated, the expert group proposes to consider the New Enhanced Agreement between Ukraine and EU (NEA) as initiation of a new type of association agreement (the “fourth-generation” agreement). It embraces a wide range of issues of mutual interests, provides the in-depth detailed elaboration of priority fields and stipulates the system of consecutive steps towards the Ukraine’s EU integration by proceeding to new integration stages. the precondition is that the previous challenges have been performed (principle of con-ditionality). The expert group proposes to follow the current EU law standards that include olden models of association agreements between EU and third countries (such as agreements with Turkey, Greece, Malta or Cyprus), enhanced third generation European agree-ments (entered into by and between the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in the first half of the 90s) as well as Stabilization and Association Agreements (presently proposed to be concluded to the countries of Western Balkans). more…

December 28, 2007

Black Sea Synergy: Approaches for a deeper cooperation

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Ukraine organized the international conference “Black Sea Synergy” on October 21-23 in cooperation with the Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI), the Odessa City Council and the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations (CUSUR). On a ferry boat, going from Odessa (Ukraine) to Istanbul (Turkey), 100 conference guests from Ukraine and eight other countries discussed about the new Black Sea Synergy Concept of the European Commission (launched in April 2007) and tried to take a stock of the previous and possible future measures of cooperation of the Black Sea states. The event was supported by the International Renaissance Foundation, the German Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine. Please find here a résumé and a compilation of the speakers' statements. more…

André Drewelowsky, Nico Lange, Maik Matthes | Event Reports | November 16, 2007

Idleness at a run

Ukraine's domestic policy constellations in spring 2007

KAS Country Report in German language more…

Nico Lange | Country Reports | March 15, 2007

According to which constitution does Ukraine live in 2007?

Publication in Ukrainian language more…

Oleksandr Derhatschow | February 22, 2007