Shumylo-Tapiola is a nonresident associate at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where her research focuses on Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
Olga Shumylo-Tapiola is a nonresident associate at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. Based in Chisinau, Shumylo-Tapiola’s research focuses on Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
Shumylo-Tapiola is a former director of the International Centre for Policy Studies, a leading independent Ukrainian think tank that specialized in relations between the European Union and Ukraine.
Shumylo-Tapiola participated in the development of the European Commission’s Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) formula, and lead a team of Ukrainian experts to assess the impact of the future EU-Ukraine DCFTA and the readiness of the Ukrainian government to implement the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda.
In 2008, Shumylo-Tapiola served in the Ukrainian government, advising the deputy prime minister on European integration.
Russia, Ukraine, and the EU’s other neighbors will have to learn that ultimatums are counter-productive and alienate the EU, forcing it to reject proposals coming from the east.
On the eighth anniversary of the Orange revolution, Olga Shumylo-Tapiola explains that awakening Ukrainian society is the key to putting the country back on the right path.
A new law may ultimately bring about the demise of the Ukrainian language and strengthen the split between western and eastern Ukraine.
The EURO 2012 will soon be over and, unfortunately, Ukraine will return to its reality of political struggles, a poor business climate, and attacks on the media.
In a short interview, Olga Shumylo-Tapiola explains that hosting EURO 2012 will give ordinary Ukrainians a chance to show the best of themselves and their country and to break down some of the barriers separating them from their European neighbors.
The EU should no longer attempt to find light in the dark corners of Viktor Yanukovych’s mind, it must let him know that enough is enough.
It is important that the EU understands that Yanukovych’s real motivation is advancing his own position and that of his family, not reform.