Mikheil Saakashvili, governor of Odessa, promised to make the region a “showcase of reform.” He has yet to make good on that promise.
Ukraine is undertaking an ambitious reform package. Yet the enduring influence of oligarchs, the challenge of corruption, and the slow economic recovery could seriously undermine the viability and sustainability of any progress.
To the EU’s detriment, its policy toward its Eastern neighbors is neither creating an arc of stability nor encouraging democracy.
All the major players in the conflict in eastern Ukraine have achieved roughly what they can realistically expect to achieve. All except the Ukrainians themselves.
Ukraine faces monumental challenges as it strives to build a transparent and accountable system of governance. How can the EU support the country’s constitutional reform and democratic institution building?
Ukraine held local elections and made modest reform progress, while the economy improved slowly. But there are renewed concerns about the ceasefire in the east.
Ukraine should not be used as a pawn in Western cooperation with Russia in fighting the so-called Islamic State.
There is a serious mismatch between the goals and instruments of the EU’s policy toward Ukraine. The EU seems to be missing the point in its relations with Kiev.
Even before the results of Ukraine’s recent local elections have been published, flawed conclusions are emerging from the postelection analysis.
The October 25 local elections in Ukraine are a major test of the country’s political mood, and the results will affect ongoing reform processes for the foreseeable future.