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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 | April 1, 2016

Ukrainian Media Landscape - 2012

Ukrainian Media Landscape 2012 includes a review of media industries and markets, media legislation framework, education for journalists and media NGOs’ activities in Ukraine. The analytical report does not claim to provide a comprehensive coverage of all events and phenomena; its objective is to record and articulate key trends of the year. The English version of the Media Landscape is an extract of the full Ukrainian edition. more…

June 26, 2013

Local elections in Ukraine: Yanukovych’s consolidation of power

Ukraine's president Viktor Yanukovych has significantly strengthened his grip on power in most parts of the country with local elections on October 31st. But international observers criticised the conduct of the elections for not meeting democratic standards. more…

Nico Lange | November 9, 2010

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 | May 27, 2010

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 | March 18, 2008

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