Time for Reforms in Order

Guest Contributor:

Julia Lyovochkina

An organization called European Influence recently heralded Ukraine’s new government for spearheading a “reform package that will bring the country into the 21st Century.” (Link) If true, many in Ukraine would indeed applaud, but the 15-point summary of reforms the folks at European Influence enumerated read more like a child’s letter to Grandfather Frost (Santa Claus) than the kind of practical, concrete reforms which those who took to the Maidan a year ago were expecting.

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published 25 November 2014: Democracy, Economics, EU, Europe, Reform

What Does Real Unity Mean for Ukraine?

Guest Contributor:

Julia Lyovochkina

Some say my country, Ukraine, is like a pendulum. First it swings this way, and then that. Others say we are torn between the East and the West. As the dust settles from the first parliamentary election we’ve held since the outbreak of hostilities earlier this year, I think we now see both explanations of Ukraine are overly simplistic, even as we endure the G-shocks of recent swings and tend to the fresh wounds of recent division. Our path to stability has really only just begun.

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published 6 November 2014: Democracy, History