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Nobel for Putin

Yesterday at the extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the European Parliament we gathered to talk about the relations between Russia and Ukraine (Moscow introduced a trade bloc against Kiev). We described this situation very thoroughly, not as a trade war but as a beginning of geopolitical struggle of Russia to gain control… » read more

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A political season usually starts later in Ukraine than in Poland. Christmas holiday falls there in January. However, a Ukrainian political year has not started yet. Normally, the Parliament should resume its session on 5th February but it didn’t. Opposition blocked the parliament’s presidium and rostrum demanding introduction of personal voting. The issue may sound… » read more

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Ukrainian day

Yesterday for me everything was all about Ukraine. I will start not very chronologically but in the afternoon the mission Kwasniewski-Cox arrived at the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament. After a long conversation, which concerned more the relations between the EU and Ukraine, it was decided that the mandate of the mission’s members… » read more

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The European Parliament is a practical institution. When majority is needed and an issue does not have to be tackled at a Plenary Session, a so called “Conference of Presidents” decides. The word conference is clear. “Presidents” are leaders of political groups. It is known how many swords they have in their scabbards. Thus, it… » read more

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Terms

We already know what the European policy towards Ukraine will be. The Council of the European Union accepted the guidelines which express an unfavourable attitude towards the election but do not close the door on work towards association agreement implementation. One can say that was the idea. But not exactly. Ministers of foreign affairs exchange… » read more

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In less than 50 days Ukraine will hold the parliamentary election. A few minor facts describe the landscape of this last stage. The opposition has decided to submit a motion for the dismissal of President Yanukovych, accusing him of constantly violating the constitution. 500 thousands Ukrainians signed the petition. They have no chance to succeed… » read more

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Politics is like contracts with banks or insurers. What is written in lowercase must be read the most carefully. Yesterday after two hours of the vote in the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs the debate focused on the state of implementation of visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Ukraine. The representative of the European… » read more

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The mission of Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski is taking a concrete shape (let’s call it for short ‘the CK mission’). What originally was supposed to be an observation of the cassation process turns out to be something much more important. Cox and Kwasniewski for almost half a year will be superobservers of Ukrainian politics.… » read more

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