Ten million for the budget

Oles Horodetskiy, May 12th, 2014

Ukrainian Italians, and there are 250 thousand of them, are the biggest European diaspora and one of the biggest, permanent and stable currency donors for the Ukrainian economy.

Within the last 20 years, a separate category of self-employed people has been formed, which is being serviced by our working migrants in Italy. These are the bus drivers. Continue reading

Poroshenko should not shake Putin’s hand – expert

Kyiv – The President Elect of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is to participate in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the deployment of the Allied Powers army in Normandy, France today. The Ukrainian leader was invited to the event by the French President Francois Hollande. During the visit Petro Poroshenko might have “certain contact” with Vladimir Putin, however a separate meeting has not been planned. This was reported by the Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov. What might this “contact” look like and what could Poroshenko speak about with Putin? 

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Visas of the third sort

Sergiy Sidorenko 

The European Union does not tire of making statements about support for Ukraine and its citizens. The European governors, like before (though less frequently than three months ago) are talking about their awe of Ukrainians, who are ready to stand for European values at the cost of their own lives.

Every significant European politician has states something about the unacceptability of Russian aggression against Ukraine and that “Russia has to pay the price,” the relations with it “cannot be the same as before,” and the Ukrainians “have to feel the support of Europe.”

No less frequent are statements regarding the necessity of regular contacts between citizens of Ukraine and the EU to retain stable support for the European vector.

However everything often works differently in practice.

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Poroshenko offers to sign an agreement with the EU immediately after his inauguration

UNIAN – May 28, 2014

Poroshenko believes it is necessary not to delay signing the economic part of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. The signing could take place immediately after his inauguration as the new President, according to Poroshenko’s press service. Continue reading

There Will Be No “Transnistria-2” in the East of Ukraine – Diplomat

Olexandr Lashchenko

Vasha Svoboda” guest: Andriy Veselovskiy, Special Ambassador of the Ukrainian MFA.

Olexandr Lashchenko: Recently the President of France Francois Hollande met with Petro Porohenko. Having congratulated him with the victory at the elections, he invited him to the celebration ceremony of the anniversary of the allied army invasion in Normandy during World War II. The ceremony will take place on June 6th. This ceremony is to be attended by the leaders of many countries, particularly the US President Barack Obama will be present, as well as Queen of England, Elizabeth II. 

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Between drops: What tasks lie ahead for President Poroshenko

Cunning and readiness to burn his own rating. Obviously, these are the main qualities politician Petro Poroshenko will need in the coming years. 

One can only imagine what new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is feeling after his victory in the first round of elections. On the one hand, success, which he could not have dreamed of several months ago, or even thought about. On the other, the expectations for new Head of State’s actions are too high to begin with, and the challenges are too great. Therefore, every month of Poroshenko’s term as President of Ukraine will count for a year.

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Timothy Snyder: Ukraine als Gegenmittel zu Europas Faschisten?

Autor: Timothy Snyder (bekannter Osteuropa-Historiker und Publizist)
Quelle: The New York Review of Books, 27. Mai 2014 – Übersetzung

Pierre Andrieu / AFP / Getty Images Eine Kundgebung für Frankreichs rechtsextreme Front National, Paris, Frankreich, 1. Mai 2014

Europa hat ein Problem, und die Ukraine könnte die Lösung sein.

Bei den Wahlen in Europa am [vergangenen] Sonntag für das Europäische Parlament war die Wahlbeteiligung niedrig (43 Prozent) und die anti-europäische Rechte erreichte erhebliche Gewinne, vor allem in Frankreich, wo die ‘Front National’ 25 Prozent der Stimmen erhielt. Bei den Wahlen, die am selben Tag für die ukrainische Präsidentschaft stattfanden, lag die Wahlbeteiligung hoch (61 Prozent), der siegreiche Kandidat wurde von einer Pro-EU-Plattform getragen, und die rechtsextremen Kandidaten (2 Prozent) wurden von allen geschlagen, darunter auch von einem jüdischen Kandidaten. Wenn die Europäer denselben Weg wie die Ukrainer gewählt hätten, könnte Europa auf eine weitaus sicherere und wohlhabendere Zukunft blicken.

Ein Grund für dieses Debakel ist die alternative Realität, in der viele Europäer im Jahr 2014 leben. Auf der europäischen Linken, insbesondere der deutschen Linken (insbesondere die Partei “Die Linke”), gehört die Kritik am angeblichen Faschismus der post-revolutionären Regierung in der Ukraine zum guten Ton. Keine noch so große Menge von Informationen und Argumentation war in der Lage, diese fixe Idee zu verändern. Es kann nur gehofft werden, dass diese Wahlergebnisse einige Augen öffnen – denn sie haben dem Europäischen Parlament eine griechische Partei, die offen neonazistisch, sowie eine ungarische Partei, die eindeutig antisemitisch ist, beschert. Die Europäische Linke hat ein echtes Problem, und es sind nicht die ukrainischen Rechtsextremen. Es sind die europäischen Rechtsextremen, die derzeit populär zu sein scheinen und von den russischen Rechtsextremen unterstützt werden, die in Moskau derzeit an der Macht sind.

Inzwischen besteht das Märchen im Angebot der europäischen Rechtsaußenparteien in diesem Jahr aus dem Nationalstaat. Wenn nur Schottland oder England oder Frankreich oder Österreich oder Griechenland oder Bulgarien endlich frei von den aufdringlich europäischen Bürokraten wären, dann wäre das Leben wieder normal, und alles werde wieder gut werden. Alles würde aber nicht gut werden. Es ist ganz natürlich, dass man sich über ferne Bürokraten, die die lokalen Gegebenheiten nicht verstehen, beschwert. Aber es ist eine ganz andere Sache, die normalen Frustrationen eines großen Gemeinwesens mit einem politischen Programm zu verwechseln. Der Nationalstaat ist eine Utopie. Es gibt keinen Weg zurück zu ihm. Europäer, die glauben, dass Desintegration eine gute Idee sei, sollten die Geschichte der 1920er und 1930er Jahre zu Rate ziehen. Oder die Ukrainer fragen, die mit einer russischen Annexion der Krim und von Russland unterstützten Aggression in ihrer südöstlichen Provinzen konfrontiert sind.

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The EU Noticed Kadirov’s Men in Ukraine, However Now Is The Time for Gas Talks Instead of Sanctions

Brussels – The EU expects Russia to further remove its army from the border with Ukraine, to begin cooperation with the newly-elected President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and to use its influence on the separatists in the eastern regions of Ukraine for the de-escalation of the conflict. This message was put into a statement regarding Ukraine by the heads of states and governments of the European Union, affirmed at the informal summit in Brussels on May 27th. This is the first meeting on the highest level in the EU after the elections to the European Parliament and the presidential elections in Ukraine.

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Ukraine: A Far Cry From Europe’s Far Right 

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Kyiv, 27 May, 2014. An early presidential election took place in Ukraine on May 25. Despite ongoing instability and violence in the east of the country, a record-breaking turnout of voters – more than 61% – came out to vote nationwide. According to preliminary results, the vast majority of Ukrainians – nearly 60% – have voted for Petro Poroshenko, an active participant in the Euromaidan protests and a multi-millionaire businessman. The two far-right nationalist parties, Svoboda and Right Sector, received less than 2 percent of the votes between them. These results debunk the Kremlin-sponsored myth about neo-Nazis coming to power in Ukraine.

The May 25 presidential elections ended a transitional period in Ukrainian politics: since former president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in late February, Ukraine has been governed by an Acting Head of State, an Acting Prime Minister and an Acting Government. Under these circumstances, with only the Parliament being without the prefix “Acting”, some have raised questions about the legitimacy of Ukraine’s institutions of power.

Others, primarily Russian propagandists and their apologists in the West, have gone even further, stating that Ukraine’s new government was not only illegitimate, but nationalist and fascist. To justify their blatant propagandistic rhetoric, the Kremlin’s advocates pointed to an alleged dominance of ultra-right political forces in the government, allegedly formed at gun-point by the “radical” leaders of the Euromaidan protests.

The prime targets of the “outbreak of fascism in Ukraine” line of argument were the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda and the radical revolutionary movement Right Sector. Over the last six months both have been vilified and demonized – largely unjustly – by Putin’s propaganda and its western stooges.

More importantly, the myth about Neo-nazis roaming and ravaging the streets of Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities was the main weapon of a mass-media campaign intended to delude the local population, and used by Putin in Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, as well as in Russia’s military subversion aimed at destabilizing the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donbass and Luhansk. All of Putin’s recent public statements about Ukraine, without exception, were peppered with insulting – and inaccurate – references to fascists and blood-thirsty Gestapo torturers in the illegitimate Ukrainian government, who torment and kill peaceful Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine.

The outcome of the early presidential elections, however, has blown Russian propagandists out of the water: the core, as Kremlin would have the world believe, of Ukraine’s new fascists – Svoboda and Right Sector – received a mere 1,9 percent of the votes nationwide.

At the same time, far-right nationalist parties in other European countries are on the unprecedented rise. In the most recent European Parliament elections, which took place on the same day as Ukraine’s Presidential vote, right-wing forces have caused what some commentators have described as a “political earthquake” or a “tsunami”.

Nationalist parties claimed astonishingly high results in such countries as France (25 percent), Denmark (23 percent), Austria (20 percent) and Belgium (30-32 percent). These are results Ukrainian “fascists” could only dream of.

Ukraine’s Presidential elections, therefore, pose an awkward challenge for Putin’s propagandists: how to explain, at least to their domestic audience, the absence of fascists in Ukraine, the crusade against whom was used by Putin as a justification for most of his recent internationally-recognized crimes against the Ukrainian people.

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