Category: EU/US/Russia relationships

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The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area: Obstacles on the Way Forward

Starting from 1 January 2016 the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (the DCFTA) envisaged in the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement has been provisionally applied. As recently published data suggests the DCFTA has already begun to bear fruit. Yet, the arrangement comes with its own set of challenges. The present article highlights them bearing in mind the ambitious objective of the Agreement of gradually integrating Ukraine’s economy in the EU Internal Market.

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Ukraine’s Path to EU. How European Norms Cross the EU-Ukraine Border

The issues of a non-visa regime for Ukraine and the success and failures in the Association Agreement implementation top the reports from the annual Ukraine-EU summit. However, it is quite easy to forget that both the visa liberalisation and the EU Association Agreement are not an end in itself for Ukraine. They are tools that the EU employs to nudge us towards Europeanisation. Without Europeanisation, Eurointegration will just not happen. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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Ukraine May Still Benefit from America’s Great Gamble

Last week, the American people took the greatest gamble in the history of the modern world. The American people elected real estate developer, casino mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America. President-elect Trump has never held political office or worked as a public servant. His career has been built upon business risk with many great victories and many costly failures. And over 60M Americans are betting Mr. Trump can ‘Make America Great Again.’

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Clinton, Trump, and Kyiv in Between: What the U.S. Election Means for Ukraine

In a recent column for Foreign Policy, international affairs theorist Stephen Walt wrote about the collapse of liberal democracy across the West, now giving way to a wave of populism, violence, and autocracy in the very countries that helped create it. Against this background the United States will choose its next President in November, with a major concern being that American foreign policy will be affected by this growing illiberalism. This article addresses what the outcome of the U.S. election may mean for Ukraine.

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Why the Referendum on Brexit has not Become a Triumph of Democracy

The UK’s referendum on the EU membership may appear as yet another example of democracy in action. First, politicians have given the people the chance to make such an important decision. Next, they seem to have accepted the result as “an instruction that must be delivered”. But what if the Brexit vote is actually a sign of the fragility of democracy? Holding the referendum was too risky since this instrument was not yet sufficiently institutionalized in the British democracy. The very decision to hold it and its outcome seem to have resulted from the mistakes of the UK’s leaders. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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Formation of the basic values of civil servants

Is it possible to institutionalize values and make them the basis of civil servants’ work? What are the basic values of Swedish civil servants, and how do they differ from the principles laid down in Ukraine’s law on the civil service? Is there a relationship between values and corruption? What is the role of confidentiality norms in creating a culture that resists corruption? Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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Brexit Referendum and Immigration

This Thursday, June 23rd, the UK will face an in-out referendum on the membership of the EU. Immigration is the deciding factor for many referendum voters. From outside of the country it might be difficult to understand why. In this blog I will try to explain the reason why this issue is so important and why it should not be.

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Brexit: Shall Ukrainians Worry

In a national referendum on June 23 Britons will decide whether they want their country to stay in the European Union (the EU) or exit the bloc. Economic consequences of Great Britain exiting the EU (Brexit) are believed to be negative, but bearable. More important are potential geopolitical implications, as Brexit may trigger domino effect among EU member states, significantly weakening the EU and strengthening Russia on global geopolitical arena. This may in turn reduce EU aspirations of Ukrainians

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The Formula of Reconciliation: How Minsk-2 may Help Resolve Ukrainian Donbas Problem

Sir Robert Cooper from London School of Economics, have spent a week in the Donbas together with the monitoring group of the OSCE and have written a road map for resolving the conflict in Donbas. He believes that the implementation Minsk 2 by Ukraine even unilaterally will help to resolve the conflict successfully. VoxUkraine publish this article as part of discussion on ways of solving Donbas conflict.

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Russian Bond: what is behind the return of Russia to the international capital market? Did it really happen?

Russia has issued $1.75 billion worth of Eurobonds. It was the first placement made by the Russian Ministry of Finance in almost three years. Pro-government Russian media speak about the triumphant return of Russia to the financial markets. At first glance, it may seem to be successful, but this is a false impression. Svetlana Rusakova has looked closer at “the Russia’s return” and found out what is wrong with it.