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On 18 October 2011 Verhovna Rada of Ukraine (the Ukrainian Parliament) adopted in the first hearing a law amending the “Law on the Protection of Public Morality” (project No. 7132). The goal of the amendments is the “protection of public morality and the regulation of the distribution, production of audiovisual materials which may have a […]

The negotiations concerning a special resolution on current developments in Ukraine – and, precisely speaking, on Yulia Tymoshenko’s case – will start in a while in Strasbourg. Assessment of Yulia Tymoshenko’s case itself is not properly the subject of dispute among political groups. She has been sentenced on the basis of a Stalinist law, charged […]

Ukraine: the Ark for Europe

Ukrainian people today are hostages to political battles between the previous and the present political regimes. We, Ukrainians, have been familiar with democracy for a long time. In 1710 the Ukrainian Cossacks created a Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk – the first democratic constitution on the European continent. Ukrainian people treat EU values as a guide […]

New social researches of the German company “GFK” branch ordered by the “People First” Foundation prove that family, health, children and work continue to remain chief goals for Ukrainians. Ukraine continues to remain the country which preserves traditional values, morals and culture. This is also Ukrainians’ achievement. We aspire to share this all with Europe.In […]

The condemnation of former Ukrainian prime minister Julia Timoschenko for having negotiated unfavourable terms in the 2008 gas agreement with Russia has raised a storm of outrage in EU quarters. However justified, passion should never be a guide to external relations which need to be rationally defined on the basis of long-term political and economic […]

The initiative voiced by the Russian leader primarily suggests that creativity among his team of advisors is running low. On the other hand it demonstrates that V.Putin is looking towards his legacy and is desperately hunting for projects that could create a place for him in the history books of Russia and Europe. Unfortunately, the […]

It seems the Polish Prime Minister has become big-headed. His proposition of a mechanical continuation of the government’s composition has nothing to do with the essence of elections – the changes. Besides, it does not comply with the Constitution. I suppose it will continue in this way for the rest of the parliamentary term – […]

Turkey – Iraq Turkey – Bulgaria Turkey – Greece Turkey – Ukraine These are not football matches. These are the next high level strategic meetings that Turkey and Ahmet Davutoğlu have organised. Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu was Mehmet Ali Birand’s guest at his weekly “32nd day” TV program. At the end of […]

Roads to freedom in Kyiv

The National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Akademy” (NaUKMA) is the child of free Ukraine. Its historical roots date back to the seventeenth century but it gained the contemporary shape of a modern school at the same time that Ukraine got freedom. It educates humanists and is absolutely open to foreign contacts. And all students must necessarily […]

The Joint Declaration of the Warsaw Eastern Partnership Summit has 8 pages and consists of 29 points. The diplomatic language is stiff and if you try to find content in it, you need to translate it into political reality. Within the great policy of bringing the East closer to the EU, what matters is the […]

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the Polish Law and Justice party, growled furiously that the European Union summit on the Eastern Partnership is a shame for Poland because the partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) have not joined a resolution condemning the situation in Belarus. I will write about the summit itself next week […]

Actually we should be happy with the European Union’s Summit devoted to the Eastern Partnership, which begins today in Warsaw. Polish-Swedish initiative started in 2009 in Prague, and by this time, we were able to introduce it permanently into European policy. The reality of today, compared with the one from 8 years ago (when European […]

The first step of Ukraine on the path to an effective power balance is a restructuring of its economy. We should start with ourselves. The second move should be related to reduction of the Russian gas dependence in the following 3-5 years. The Soviet technological cooperation influences economy of all post-Soviet countries already for 20 […]

Being lately in Yalta I heard that the recent meeting Yanukovych-Medvedev in Sochi was one of the worst. Worst, which means that no agreement on a single customs territory has been reached and, what’s more, there was a fuss that ended with Yanukovych’s words: “I will not trade in my country’s sovereignty”. This memorable declaration […]

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