The LOSE-LOSE-LOSE game


After having postponed twice its decision, Ukraine's Parliament failed yesterday (21st November) to get the ticket to Europe, as international media reported. But what was considered as the fee to pay to join the Club – i.e., pass the bill that would have allowed jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to travel to Germany for medical treatment – actually reflected the mistakes that have so far affected the negotiations between Brussels and Kiev.

After having postponed twice its decision, Ukraine’s Parliament failed yesterday (21st November) to get the ticket to Europe, as international media reported. But what was considered as the fee to pay to join the Club – i.e., pass the bill that would have allowed jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to travel to Germany for medical treatment – actually reflected the mistakes that have so far affected the negotiations between Brussels and Kiev.

 

 

A ticket to nowhere

The EU has made the signing of the Association Agreement (AA) and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with Ukraine, at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius next week, conditional upon Kyiv meeting higher judicial and democratic standards; a definition that includes the release of Yulia Tymoshenko, whose conviction is seen by Brussels as “selective justice.” Straight after the Ukraine’s Verhovna Rada rejected the six bills for the release of Tymoshenko, due to the abstention from voting of the President’s Yanukovych Party of Regions, the Cabinet of Ministers  issued a decree to suspend the preparations for the signing of the Association Agreement.

Having made the way to Europe dependent upon the fate of one person – replicating a well-tested system (as seen during the negotiations with Croatia) – is probably the biggest mistake made by the Eu. But giving credit to Mr. Yanukovych’s words has possibly been an even bigger one.

 

The man with the key

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