Published in: oDRUkraine: Europe its brightest hope
In an interview with journalist Olena Tregub, political scientist Andreas Umland argues that Ukrainian integration into the European mainstream is of crucial importance, both for Ukraine and the EU. In his view, alignment with Europe should become Ukraine’s top priority.
Published in: HomeThe struggle after people power wins
With peaceful but forceful civic mobilization in 2004, Ukrainians managed to reverse a rigged presidential election. Later, disappointed in politicians who failed to deliver on promises of political and economic change, many Ukrainians distanced themselves from politics, thereby helping Victor Yanukovych become president in 2010. Civil society moved its residual activism from political to social problems, which could strengthen civil society as it prepares to counter democratic backsliding.
Published in: oDRUkraine: Yanukovych – president by default?
Viktor Yanukovych was elected president not so much for his pro-Russian platform as because he was the only viable anti-Orange candidate. His narrow victory leaves him with a limited mandate and forces him to seek compromise, says Olena Tregub.