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The first 100 Days after Change of Power in Ukraine

Authoritarian Tendencies and Rapprochement with Russia

Within the first weeks after Viktor Yanukovych's victory in the presidential elections, a small group close to the president and the new prime minister Mykola Azarov has swiftly taken extensive control of the country. The parliament plays only a minor role. The opposition and the free media are under pressure. Besides, the new government has addressed the country's enormous budget deficit immediately by ratifying a deal to keep Russia’s Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol in exchange for cheaper gas. Several new agreements strengthen the ties with Russia on a long-term basis. more…

Nico Lange | Country Reports | May 27, 2010

Ukraine in the World

Interesting Statistics

The publication “Ukraine in the World” gives some answers to the questions: where do we stand? where do we need to go? how good are our standards of living in comparison to other countries? who are the best ones – in our region, in our neighborhood, worldwide? The chosen combination of popular and less known statistics and indicators serves to demonstrate Ukraine’s ranking with reference to the different areas of life. To make these figures more understandable for the reader they are supplemented with short comments and explanations. more…

March 30, 2010

Current State of Freedom of the Media in Ukraine

KAS Democracy Report 2008

The KAS Democracy Report describes the state of key democracy sectors in partner countries of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The current report Media and Democracy 2008 contains a chapter on the situation of the media in Ukraine. more…

Nico Lange | October 28, 2008

Black Sea Synergy: Approaches for a Deeper Cooperation

Diary of the International Conference

Diary of the international conference “Black Sea Synergy” on October 21-23, organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with the Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI), the Odessa City Council and the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations (CUSUR). The event was supported by the International Renaissance Foundation, the German Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine. more…

Nico Lange | Event Reports | April 9, 2008

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