While the outcome of Ukraine’s upcoming parliamentary elections is unclear, the result is unlikely to change the country’s power structure.
The Eurasian customs union formed by Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in 2010—the largest in the world by territory—is becoming very real.
As the Eurasian customs union’s influence on the world stage and in Europe’s neighborhood is likely to increase, the EU should attempt to understand the project and find ways to protect its own interests.
The upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine are important for understanding how the political system functions, especially in the context of the post-Soviet space.
Relations between Ukraine and the EU have reached their lowest point yet. It could be time for the EU to come up with a new plan.
Ukraine is at an economic policy crossroads and its choice will not only affect trade flows with its two neighbors, but it will also indicate the speed and direction of its structural reforms.
Despite a highly educated and skilled workforce and natural resources, Ukraine continues to struggle with sustained economic growth.
While the Yanukovych government has managed to initiate a number of economic reforms, they were implemented only partially and their success has been limited.
Ukraine’s European integration has slowed and relations with Russia show no signs of progress.
Now that Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party have returned to office for the next six years, it remains to be seen how much time he will have for Ukraine.