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EU-Ukraine Relations after the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections
EU-Ukraine Relations after the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections

A new "Plan B" for Brussels' policies toward Kiev

18/05/2016 | by Andreas Umland, Iryna Solonenko | Ukraine, Enlargement Process

After the manipulated elections to Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada in October 2012, Brussels' relations with Kiev are deadlocked. Ukraine is not fulfilling the signing conditions for the pre-initialed Association Agreement with the EU. Here an eight-point outline of further and alternative actions for the European Union.

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EU-Ukraine Relations after the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections
EU-Ukraine Relations after the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections

A new "Plan B" for Brussels' policies toward Kiev

20/11/2012 | by Andreas Umland, Iryna Solonenko | Ukraine, Enlargement Process

After the manipulated elections to Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada in October 2012, Brussels' relations with Kiev are deadlocked. Ukraine is not fulfilling the signing conditions for the pre-initialed Association Agreement with the EU. Here an eight-point outline of further and alternative actions for the European Union.

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Redistributive Asylum in Europe?
How an EU-level asylum mechanism could ease pressure at European borders
04/10/2012 | by Polish Institute of International Affairs
The European Parliament is pushing for a formula to redistribute asylum seekers across EU countries. Most member states instead favor harmonizing their laws to preserve more national sovereignty. But a mechanism at the European level could yield far more efficient results.
Category Migration, Government and Society, Central Europe, South-East Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Europe
From Reset to Re-Understanding
An opportunity to support more democratic reform in Russia
15/08/2012 | by Iris Kempe
The West’s reset of relations with Russia over the last three and a half years has served its purpose. What Europe needs now is a re-understanding of Russia. Only such a re-understanding will help support the country's liberal middle class as it fights for more democratic rights.
Category Democratization/System Change, Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe
The Politics of Populism
Rise of the rabble-rousers in Central Europe
01/05/2010 | by Paul Hockenos
From the Baltic to the Balkans, demagogues of different stripes have made striking gains at the expense of their liberal opponents. Their populism appeals broadly to people who are frustrated with years of economic hardship and disillusioned with the European Union. Europe pays a high price for having these elements in its midst.
Category European Union, Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Eastern Europe, Europe
Educated to Violence
The brutal socialization of Russian men
01/10/2006 | by Sonja Margolina
Abuse, brutality and even torture are everyday phenomena in Russia’s armed forces, police and in the prison system. In these institutions, entire generations of young men are socialized and rendered physical and psychological wrecks. They end up transmitting their disorders to society at large.
Category Government and Society, Russia, Eastern Europe
Russia’s Hobbled Civil Society
Caught between old ideologies and a powerful state
01/09/2006 | by Barbara von Ow-Freytag
For most Russians, the shock of the early 1990’s has discredited the notion of democracy, making it difficult for civil society to prevail over new authoritarian trends and old ideologies. Nevertheless, the struggling civic movement in Russia deserves the West’s support.
Category Government and Society, Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe
Leadership and Postcommunist Transition
The new Central European democracies succeeded on their own
01/11/2005
The new democracies that emerged after communist collapse in Central Europe did not enjoy strong or charismatic leaders. It was much more a case of improvisation by political amateurs. Yet the likes of Poland’s Leszek Balcerowicz and Czechoslovakia’s Vaclav Havel effected radical changes. The President of the Batory Foundation, Warsaw, suggests twelve reasons for this counterintuitive success.
Category State Building, Corruption, Poverty, Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Central Europe, Eastern Europe
The Armenian Massacre and Its Avengers
The ramifications of the assassination of Talaat Pasha in Berlin
01/11/2005 | by Rolf Hosfeld
The 1921 trial in Berlin of Mehmet Talaat’s Armenian assassin, Soghomon Tehlirian, sent reverberations around the world. Two young law students at the time would go on, respectively, to become the assistant prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal and to give a name to the wholesale Nazi murders–“genocide.” The trigger to Raphael Lemkin’s development of the legal concept of genocide was the Armenian massacre.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, Security, Eastern Europe, Armenia, Turkey
A new epoch is beginning
European Commissioner Günter Verheugen talks to IP
01/01/2005 | by Günter Verheugen
The EU Commissioner who guided the 2004 eastern enlargement, which saw the EU gain 10 new members at once, speaks to IP about future enlargements and whether the EU will soon run into "enlargement fatigue."
Category Enlargement Process, European Union, Eastern Europe, Europe
The people said No, and that started it
Aleksander Kwasniewski talking to Warsaw’s Polityka
01/01/2005 | by Aleksander Kwasniewski
The Polish President who played a key role in discussions regarding the 2004 Ukraine elections reveals insights into how the current result came about.
Category Democratization/System Change, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Europe
Ukraine’s Most Dangerous Hour
The Orange Revolution’s victory changes the art of the possible
01/01/2005 | by James Sherr
New President Viktor Yushchenko’s success will stand or fall on his ability to change the nature and not simply the image of the system that has governed Ukraine for the past fourteen years.
Category Democratization/System Change, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Europe