Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Euromaidan: Russian and the European Choice of the Ukrainians

The history of EU-Ukraine relations is a tale of missed opportunities, paradoxes, and misunderstandings, argues JAN PIEKŁO, Director of the Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI Foundation) and concluding that the EU Needs a Common Eastern European Policy.

Almost a decade ago, just after the Orange Revolution, the EU and the Western political leadership missed a chance to involve Ukraine in the European integration process. At that time a wave of enthusiasm swept the world and expectations were high. The last months Ukrainians impressed the international community again, proving that they are an important and proud nation, which deserves to be treated as a valuable partner by the democratic West.

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