Ukraine between occupation and liberation: An eye-witness account

IMG_3026 (Kopie)The EuroMaidan Movement is already of historical significance because it changed the course of action of the Ukrainian state and made the change of power from ex-President Janukowytsch possible. Immediate consequences are mixed. While Russia has de facto annexed the Crimea and is engaging in destabilization operations, the good news is that the first round of Presidential elections will take place as planned on May 25th and the Special Committee of the Parliament on Constitutional Reform will present its first results on May 15th. Continue reading

Ukraine: tug of war between the Russian Bear and the European mandarins

The participants of the Delegation on the top floor of the European Parliament

November 29, 2013 is the date marked in the calendars of any Ukrainian. It is the date when the Association Agreement (AA) is bound to be signed at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. Recent political developments in Ukraine may have caused the EU to reconsider its decision whether to sign the AA at this point or not. In this context, FNF brought seven representatives of Ukrainian civil society to Brussels to discuss the involvement of civil society in the rapprochement of Ukraine towards Europe. They met with key figures from the EU institutions, including ALDE President Sir Graham Watson MEP and Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP, Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

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