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July 2015

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Gas talks stall as Russia pushes for EU guarantees on Ukrainian gas payments NEW
Open Europe blog 8 Months, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 9 Minutes ago
Update 11.50 30/10/14:Reuters is reporting that an EU spokesperson has said a deal is "very close" and talks will continue today, as we note below. As we also say below, a deal is still doable and likely, the question remains whether any form of EU p...
Ultimatum für das “29. EU-Mitglied” NEW
Lost in EUrope 1 Year, 1 Week, 6 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
So etwas hat Brüssel noch nicht gesehen: Erst brüstet sich der ukrainische Präsident Poroschenko, sein Land sei “schon das 29. EU-Mitglied”. So sei er jedenfalls beim EU-Gipfel empfangen worden. Dann wird bekannt, dass die...
Not all ethnic Russians in Crimea have a political affinity with Moscow NEW
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy 1 Year, 4 Months, 12 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Throughout the Ukraine crisis, Crimea has been described as a region with strong sympathies toward Russia. Based on her own research in the region, Ellie Knott takes issue with the prevailing view that ethnic Russians in Crimea necessarily have a &he...
Ten things you should know about Crimea NEW
Whose world order? – ECFR’s blog 1 Year, 4 Months, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
1. The new Crimean authorities were established at gunpoint. Despite Russian rhetoric about a “coup” in Kyiv, the real coup was in Crimea. The Crimean Assembly building was taken over at gunpointRead more…...
RFE/RL Live Blog: Ukraine Crisis NEW
www.rferl.org, 1 Year, 4 Months, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Ukraine: The Haze of Propaganda by Timothy Snyder | NYRblog NEW
www.nybooks.com, 1 Year, 4 Months, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Ukraine - Global Voices NEW
globalvoicesonline.org, 1 Year, 4 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Ukraine uprisings: News coverage of events in far-away lands, 2004 vs 2014 NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 5 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
The pictures coming out of Kiev yesterday (decent galley here) gave me – and no doubt plenty of others – a bit of a flashback to November/December 2004′s Orange Revolution. The riots are in protest against the same president and &he...
Ukraine: The New Dictatorship by Timothy Snyder | NYRblog NEW
www.nybooks.com, 1 Year, 5 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Protestas en Ucrania: ¿Ahora qué? NEW
El Blog de ECFR Madrid 1 Year, 7 Months, 3 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Tras casi dos semanas de protestas en Kiev (Ucrania), el partido en el gobierno está perdiendo el apoyo de algunos de sus principales miembros. Los líderes de las instituciones europeas ya han condenado el uso de la violencia para repri...
Reacting to Ukraine’s protests NEW
Whose world order? – ECFR’s blog 1 Year, 7 Months, 10 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
The protests in Kiev are now almost two weeks old. They began after the Ukrainian government first decided to suspend negotiations with the EU on 21 November, but have gained new intensity afterRead more…...
Why Ukraine's Revolution Won't Spread to Russia NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 1 Year, 7 Months, 22 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
East of the border, Russian bloggers continue to take a keen interest in the developing situation, although there is little consensus about what the protests entail for Russia's own opposition.
European Parliament attack United Opposition composition again NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 1 Month, 5 Days, 15 Hours ago
Not for the first time, the European Parliament has made clear its disillusionment with the “United Opposition” of Ukraine in respect to their cooperation and coalition with the Svoboda Party. “For me this party is the worst ph...
Ukraine has done everything for successful OSCE chairmanship - Viacheslav Yatsiuk NEW
EuroDialogueXXI 2 Years, 5 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 1 Minute ago
  The head of the working group on ensuring Ukraine's OSCE chairmanship and the director of the political department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Viacheslav Yatsiuk, spoke in an interview with UKRINFORM about how Kyiv prepared for its chai...
A purging of the pro-EU Ministers or a significant ideological split? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Smart readers will recall I wrote this at the beginning of November relating to “Who’s in and who’s out?” – It was aimed specifically at Valery Khoroshkhovsky and Poroshenko. By 16th December, Khoroshkhovsky resigned f...
LRE Launch – Ukraine NEW
Language Rich Blog 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Language Rich Europe launches the results of its research in Kyiv, Ukraine on Friday 9 November at the Institute of Social and Political Psychology of the National Academy of Pedagogic Sciences of Ukraine. Ukraine is one of only three non-EC …...
România şi Ucraina: gestionarea unei relaţii dificile NEW
Contributors 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Acum mai multe zile, în Ucraina au avut loc alegeri parlamentare, câştigate de Partidul Regiunilor al preşedintelui Ianukovici (deja la putere) cu circa 34,2 la sută, urmat la mare distanţă de formaţiunea fostului premier (acum întemniţat)...
Ukrainians Rally in Protest Over Vote-Rigging NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Online reports that have been coming in from disputed districts over the past week offer a good insight into the Ukrainian election routine and also help explain the frustration of ordinary voters.
How bad were the Ukrainian elections? NEW
Whose world order? – ECFR’s blog 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
The Ukrainian authorities expected a relatively clean bill of health for the parliamentary elections held on 28 October. Voting day itself was fairly peaceful; there were 3,800 internationalRead more…...
Ukraine’s post-election crisis NEW
the FRIDE blog 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Opposition supporters in front of the Central Election Committee’s buildings, November 6 (Photo: Nomoreanry from Instagram)   A week ago Ukraine held parliamentary elections, and the ruling Party of Regions of President Yanukovych won the...
Political Analyst: Eurasian Project Threats Sovereignty and Integrity of Ukraine NEW
EuroDialogueXXI 2 Years, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
By Konstantin Ameliushkin Ukraine is the country divided in two, here coexist sympathy to West and East, states Ukrainian political analyst Kost’ Bondarenko. According to him, Ukrainian politicians up till now have observed o...
Ukraine’s double-edged elections NEW
Whose world order? – ECFR’s blog 2 Years, 8 Months, 20 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
There aren’t many elections where all sides come out happy, but this arguably just happened in Ukraine last Sunday. The authorities were already happy a month or two before the elections, becauseRead more…...
What does the recent election tell us about Ukraine? NEW
Whose world order? – ECFR’s blog 2 Years, 8 Months, 2 Days, 38 Minutes ago
Ukrainians have just finished counting the ballots after Sunday's parliamentary elections. Here are some thoughts about the election outcome and what it tells us about the future of Ukraine.Read more…...
Far-Right Party Performs Strongly in Ukrainian Vote NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 8 Months, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
While the results of the Oct. 28 elections in Ukraine are still being finalized, netizens are already discussing the anticipated outcome. Many are paying special attention to VO Svoboda, a far-right party, and its victorious leap over the 5% threshol...
Julia Tymosjenko vägras träffa svensk politiker NEW
Europabloggen 2 Years, 8 Months, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
De ukrainska myndigheterna ställde in mötet i sista stund. >>>...
Governing Party Claims Victory in Ukraine Elections NEW
EuroDialogueXXI 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
video By David M. Herszenhorn The governing party of Presi...
Ukraine vote ushers in new constellation of power NEW
EuroDialogueXXI 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
By Markian Ostaptschuk In Ukraine's parliamentary elections, more radical parties saw success while the oppositiona...
Ukraine | Böses Erwachen aus dem ukrainischen Traum NEW
Presseurop Blog (DE) 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Die Wahlen vom 28. Oktober „haben die Karten des autoritären Regimes von Viktor Janukowitsch neu gemischt. Es ist wohl keine Katastrophe, aber der ,ukrainische Traum‘ ist so gut wie am Ende“, meint Lidové noviny. Zwei Ta...
Viktor Yanukovych's party claims victory NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Years, 8 Months, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
UKRAINE’s ruling Party of the Regions looks set for victory in national elections on October 28th. With almost 70% of the vote counted, the party of president Viktor Yanukovych (pictured above) was on 33.51% of the vote, the opposition Fatherland p...
Monday Update: Ukraine, Berlusconi (again!) and interesting reads NEW
Vox Europa 2 Years, 8 Months, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Happy Monday. Yanukovych’s Party of Regions ahead in Ukraine elections With a third of the votes counted, President Yanukovych’s party is ahead in both the proportional lists and the single-mandate ridings. The opposition is denouncing wi...
Music and politics in Western Ukraine NEW
Europe & Me 2 Years, 8 Months, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
A man with a rather large bushy grey moustache plonked three glasses of thin brackish coffee down on the fold-away table of our railway carriage and demanded 12 hryvnia (around 1 euro). It wasn't so much the clink and crash of the glasses as they hit...
Ukraine: Election Monitors' Websites Under DDoS Attack NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 8 Months, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Ukrainian domestic election monitoring organizations and projects using crowdsourcing for mapping election violations (see GV post) reported [uk] being DDoS-ed on the day of the vote: […] web-sites of election monitoring organizations are exper...
Valdag i Ukraina NEW
Carl Bildt (SE) 2 Years, 8 Months, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
STOCKHOLM: Solig och vacker höstsöndag. Och en hel del som trots allt behöver göras. Årets Visby-konferens besöktes bl a av Lettlands premiärminister Valdis Dombrovskis, och det var uppskatt att höra såväl hans beskrivning av den kris hans...
Ukraine: Election Votes for Sale Via Social Network NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 8 Months, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Odessablog draws attention [en] to a VKontakte page [ru] used by those who are willing to sell their Oct. 28 election votes. Roma Lexikov, one of the very few users who posted on the page to protest the practice, wrote: Written by Veronica Khokhlova...
Ukraine: Technology for Transparent Elections NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 8 Months, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Amidst mounting allegations of the ruling party's use of administrative resource during election campaign, the government has pledged to keep the Oct. 28 free and fair. Local election monitoring groups, however, have been utilizing new technology to...
Don’t Read too Much into Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections NEW
German Marshall Fund Blog 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 16 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
This Sunday's parliamentary elections can be expected to reveal little about where Ukraine is headed in the years to come.
Ukrajina | Pomalý odchod ze sovětského světa (New Eastern Europe, Krakov) NEW
Presseurop Blogy (CZ) 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 18 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Parlamentní volby, které se konají 28. října, podle očekávání utvrdí moc prezidenta Janukovyče a vyvolá touhu po obnově toho, co zbývá z Oranžové revoluce. Z dlouhodobého pohledu však přetrvávající krize vyústí v nějakou for...
Ucrânia | Abandonar lentamente o universo Soviético (New Eastern Europe, Cracóvia) NEW
Presseurop Blogue (PT) 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 19 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
As eleições legislativas de 28 de outubro devem confirmar o poder do presidente Yanukovych e a necessidade de renovar o que resta da Revolução Laranja. Mas a longo prazo, a crise duradoura do país levará à normalidade, defende um jornalista uc...
Ukraine | Langsamer Abgang aus dem Sowjet-Universum (New Eastern Europe, Krakau) NEW
Presseurop Blog (DE) 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 19 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Die Parlamentswahlen am 28. Oktober dürften Präsident Janukowytsch im Amt bestätigen und einen neuen Umgang mit dem Erbe der Orangenen Revolution einläuten. Doch auf lange Sicht wird die anhaltende Krise die Ukraine zu einem relativ normalen Land...
Friday Update: Berlusconi, Ukraine and Golden Dawn NEW
Vox Europa 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 20 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Happy Friday. Vox Europa is undergoing a slight change, with new updates on Mondays and Fridays dedicated to a few key stories, while Wednesdays will be dedicated to longer analyses. Ciao Silvio Two days after officially announcing that he would R...
Truth serum for lunch NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 21 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
THE office of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) in Kiev takes up part of the first floor of a brick building on Dashavska Street, in a quiet neighborhood in the outskirts of the city. On October 19th, in the morning, Leonid Razvozzhayev arrived...
MittEuropa » Sannolikt triumferar förtrycket i Ukraina NEW
Europabloggen 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 43 Minutes ago
Helgens val blir avgörande för Ukrainas unga demokrati.
Ukraine: Pre-Election Roundup NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
In the run-up to the Oct. 28 general election in Ukraine, here's a selection of relevant texts published on OpenDemocracy.net: by Ukrainska Pravda's Serhiy Leshchenko - here and here; Roman Kabachiy's profiles of the “young hopefuls...
Pre-judging the Ukrainian elections – The Tymoshenko lens NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
It is no secret to those who read this blog that I have on several occasions during this parliamentary election period, been asked to speak with LTOs (long term observers) from several international monitoring organisations with people in Odessa. Whi...
Freedom House partners new Ukrainian anti-corruption blog NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Bloggers against Corruption –  That seems fairly straight to the point as far as website titles go. It is the latest civil society platform for bloggers to bring to the attention of others, corruption great and small – be it local, regio...
What to expect from the Ukrainian elections NEW
The EUDO Café 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 10 Minutes ago
Article by Wojciech Konończuk published on October 23, 2012, on EurActiv Public dissatisfaction in Ukraine is rising but – paradoxically – it is “non-political”. Public willingness to join protests grow not because of the political situation...
Combined Heating and Power plant privitisation – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
This year, the combined heating and power plants (CHP’s) for Odessa, Kharkiv, Dnepropetrovsk and Kherson are all due to be privatised. None of which seems likely between now and the end of the year due to the tender process and the clauses with...
Ukraine: Homophobic Bill Considered Ahead of Election NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Shortly after scrapping the infamous defamation bill in early October, Ukrainian MPs passed another scandalous proposal in the first reading, aimed at “defending children from the propaganda of homosexual lifestyle and the HIV/AIDS infection associ...
Commission for Strengthening Democracy and the Rule of Law – Venice Commission NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 22 Minutes ago
The Venice Commission, when looking at the proposed new law on the Public Prosecutors Office of Ukraine, has in summary, made it clear that whilst the new law goes a long way to improving matters and generally brings Ukraine into EU norms (with the n...
Unraleviling before it’s begun? UDAR shuns United Oppositition again NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Unraveling before it’s begun? The United Opposition has been trying desperately to get UDAR, as of 18th October polling ahead of them, to sign a coalition agreement of opposition forces prior to the elections.  It has now officially failed to...
Pouring oil on troubled waters – EU Ambassador to Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
The new head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, (Ambassador for want of a better analogy), Jan Tombinski, seems to be doing his very best to pour oil on the somewhat choppy waters between Ukraine and the EU in efforts to smooth matters between the two...
Ten days before polling day NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
  THE ruling Party of Regions and its allies look set to win Ukraine’s parliamentary election on October 28th. They may even gain a constitutional majority with control of two-thirds of the parliament. This will likely happen de...
Fighting dirty – Constituency parliamentary seats and electioneering violations NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 3 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
As almost everybody knows by now, the Ukrainian parliamentary elections are split between 225 proportional representation seats (the party list vote), and 225 constituency seats which are run head to head by candidates in a first past the post vote.
OVIR bureaucracy – For those who already have Permanent Residency NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
The biggest bureaucratic nightmare for any foreigner in Ukraine is the bureaucracy involved in trying to stay in the country legally for longer than 90 days in a 180 day period without bending the rules to breaking point. For those who eventually get...
Biometric Passports and ID Cards – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 46 Minutes ago
Having finally got around to the core issue of Stage 1 relating to the road map on Visa-free travel as per the document from the EU, the RADA has passed the necessary laws for biometric passports and identified the company that will produce them. Jus...
Statue to Steve Jobs in Odessa – Update NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Way back in August, you may remember I wrote this relating to a proposed statue to commemorate Steve Jobs. Well, here it is: Not bad for a man who refused to license Apple in Ukraine during his lifetime.
When a “political prisoner” is not a “political prisoner” NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Only a few days ago I wrote a short entry stating PACE/Council of Europe had eventually defined “political prisoner“. The definition is thus: “A person deprived of his or her personal liberty is to be regarded as a “political pris...
After the elections – Is what happens to Ukraine that important to its neighbours? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Naturally there is a lot of interest in the forthcoming elections in Ukraine – particularly so by its immediate neighbours.  To be frank, there always has been since independence was dumped in the lap of Ukraine. In fact the degree of meddling...
United Opposition in negotiations with UDAR NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 1 Minute ago
No, no, no.  UDAR are not about to join the United Opposition.  They are very much enjoying the 3rd choice position and have now overtaken the United Opposition in the opinion polls just as I suggested they would. Simply they have much more to lose...
Council of Europe defines “Political Prisoner” NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 3 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Very quietly and without much fanfare, on Thursday the Council of Europe (PACE) eventually committed itself to a legal definition of who can be classified as a “political prisoner”. Needless to say it will have some ramifications for all...
Free Trade Agreements – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Turkey looks set to be the next Free Trade Agreement negotiated and signed by the current Ukrainian government – quite possibly by the end of 2012. Quite rightly too.  If there is a star economic performer in the Black Sea region over the past...
Currency wars over Ukraine? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Well, I was hoping to write something truly interesting from the meeting between the CIS Prime Ministers that has been held over the past few days in Yalta. Unfortunately, not much worthy of real comment has been said or done – unless you want...
UDAR Rally – Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
A very short post today relating to the UDAR/Klitschko rally in Odessa two days ago. Quite simply a lesson for the United Opposition when it came to engagement with the crowd, which was far bigger than that which the Yatseniuk/United Opposition manag...
Ukraine: Protesting the Controversial Defamation Bill NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 9 Months, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
A bill that calls for penalties of up to five years in jail for defamation passed a first reading in the Ukrainian Parliament on Sep. 18. Following the online campaign against the adoption of the bill, its author submitted a request to recall it. The...
Mass privatisation ahead for Ukraine? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
For those of you who follow me on twitter and in particular followed a conversation between Alex Nice (@AlexNicest) and myself (@OdessaBlogger) a few days ago, then the start of this blog entry is more of a summary of what was said – but don...
Failing to wait for the fat lady to sing? Ukrainian elections NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
There have been some rather presumptuous remarks about the Ukrainian elections by people who should probably know better. Firstly, the ICES observers have already stated that thus far, the Ukrainian election campaigns have been acceptable and general...
What weight to give the on-line debate? Freedom of Speech – Freedom House “Freedom of the Net report” and Ukrainian elections NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 18 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
For the first time, Ukraine has been included in the Freedom House, Freedom of the Net report.  Ukraine was ranked as being “Free”. And, well why wouldn’t it be?  No bloggers have been arrested, there is no political interference...
Highlighting Ukraine’s contributions to computing NEW
European Public Policy Blog (Google) 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Computer history is full of stories of intellectual feats and technological leaps.  Yet many of Europe’s most fascinating chapters are little known.  To help remedy this, Google has been working to highlight and celebrate these forgotten...
Migration, Immigration, Asylum, trafficking, readmissions and all those frameworks to deal with unwanted movement of people in and through Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
This post has the potential to be something of a mish-mash.  In fact it could appear to be bolted together with the crudeness of a 1970′s Lada compared to a smooth finish of a modern day Bentley. That is the way of things sometimes. As it happ...
More embarrassment? Barroso, Moldova and Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Only a few days ago I wrote this and suggested that the national embarrassment of coming in second behind Moldova, a nation that is the butt of all Ukrainian jokes when it comes to stupidity, may be a useful lever in EU/Ukrainian relations. It seems...
Interview avec Olivier Védrine, recteur de l’Université Continentale à Kiev NEW
Europe 27etc 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Olivier VÉDRINE est membre du Team Europe, un réseau de conférenciers composé d’universitaires, de juristes, de consultants et d’autres professionnels qualifiés et expérimentés, qui sont choisis par les Représentations de la Commi...
Ukraine: “Ashes of the Freedom of Speech” NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes ago
A few hundred people gathered at Kyiv's Independence Square on Sept. 16 to honor the memory of Georgiy Gongadze, a Ukrainian journalist who disappeared on this day 12 years ago, and of more than 60 other journalists who lost their lives in the years...
On the fringes – Yalta Annual Meeting NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Today is the last day of the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting where the great and the good, well a good many politicians and ex-politicians who used to hold high office, attended to talk about global issues, Europe and Ukraine.  Some of them seemingly in th...
E-justice or a data protection disaster waiting to happen? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
E-justice or a data protection disaster waiting to happen? A pilot project allowing the electronic transfer of documents between third parties and the Ukrainian courts is likely to begin on 15 October. Those very capable Ukrainian hackers seem quite...
Ett besvikelsernas år NEW
Carl Bildt (SE) 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
JALTA: I den siste ryske tsaren sommarpalats Livadia, där senare Stalin, Churchill och Roosevelt delade upp Europa i det andra världskrigets slutskede, samlades vi i dag för diskussioner om den europeiska framtiden på årets YES-konferens. Viktig...
9th Yalta Annual Meeting (YES) NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Well the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting as sponsored by one of Ukraine’s most famous Oligarchy, Viktor Pinchuk, son-in-law of ex-President Kuchma, has begun. Amongst those attending are EU Commissioner Stefan Fule, Swedish FM Carl Bildt, Condi Rice e...
European Charter of Local Self-Government and Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Whilst doing a bit of research, I had occasion to re-read the European Charter of Local Self-Government, to which I should add, Ukraine is a ratified signatory. In respect of Ukraine, from an empirical perspective, it would certainly seem to be faili...
Embarrassment as a motivational lever? EU Visa-free and Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 16 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Last week the EU appraised Moldova against the Visa-free road-map it was given, pretty much at the same time as Ukraine was given the same road-map. The up-shot of that appraisal?  Moldova has overtaken Ukraine and can now move from Stage 1 to Stage...
Nu styr jag i österled NEW
Carl Bildt (SE) 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 19 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
STOCKHOLM: Efter det intensiva arbetet med slutskedet av arbetet med frigivandet av Martin och Johan nere i Etiopien blev arbetet i går, efter min hemkomst från Helsinfors, i alla fall marginellt lugnare. Vi hade sammanträde med det s k strategisk...
Russian Defence Ministry formally complains to Ukraine of UESU debt NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Well it was bound to happen eventually and really there is no surprise it is happening now. Ms Tymoshenko’s activities and those of her former company, United Energy Systems of Ukraine, will now come under further scrutiny as the Russian Defenc...
Temporary changes – Odessa Airport – Rosh Hashanah NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
For regular fliers to and from Odessa airport, be aware of a few temporary changes between 12 – 21 September at the terminal building. Odessa will be handling 40 flights relating to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and as always there will b...
How much meeting time can Euro 22 million buy? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
On Monday 17th September, Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe meets with President Yanukovych and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Konstyantyn Gryshchenko. The meeting is to discuss the Euro 22 million donated/invested/give...
Measuring results – Ukrainian civil society, the public and local government NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Amongst the NGOs and civil society I follow most closely are those engaged with attempting to influence local government and local populous. Given the prevailing desire of the majority of the Ukrainian voting public to still seek out the “stron...
An open letter to the Foreign Office – Chernobyl Children’s Visas NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
To the very clever people in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London UK. I write that opening sentence with some sincerity, despite the sarcastic tone it may convey.  I have in my many  years living in Russia and latterly Ukraine met a good n...
Securities as instuments of tax evasion – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 17 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Well who would have thought it? Banks and financial instruments being used to avoid tax! Well yes, we all would have thought it.  We’ve all got fairly used to the idea that banks, financial markets and financial instruments are not the bastion...
New UK Ambassador to Ukraine takes up post tomorrow NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
A very quick post today, to welcome on board the good/sinking ship (delete as appropriate) Ukraine, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Mr Simon Smith who officially starts tomorrow, Wednesday 5th September. Now don’t claim to be surpris...
Selfish? Moi? Teaching English in Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 10 Months, 8 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Well dear readers.  I have been accused of being selfish! Moi? I have been approached, not for the first time, with a request to teach English to some of the local rich folks on a one-to-one basis.  It seems some wish to be  free from classrooms a...
Tax Service statements are as unclear as the tax laws it seem NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
The Ukrainian tax laws, whilst recently revamped and somewhat easier to follow than they once were, are still a labyrinth set with multiple traps for the unwary. That said, there is a very large proportion of Ukrainian society that simply ignore the...
Ukraine: Taras Polataiko's ‘Sleeping Beauty' Project NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Katherine Brooks of The Huffington Post and Natalia Antonova at the Guardian's Comment is Free write about Taras Polataiko's Sleeping Beauty project, which did open on Aug. 22 at the National Art Museum of Ukraine in Kyiv, despite some initia...
The Ukrainian Language: Losing its Voice NEW
Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
A new law may ultimately bring about the demise of the Ukrainian language and strengthen the split between western and eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine: Humorous Political Ad Sparks Online “Pussy Cat Riot” NEW
Global Voices Central & Eastern Europe 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
After weeks of tensions caused by the adoption of the controversial Language Law and in the midst of an intense pre-election mudslinging period, Ukrainians are finally rewarded with the much-needed comic relief - which they have promptly transformed...
Yulia Tymoshenko's fate depends on electoral politics | Adam Swain NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 1 Minute ago
The case of the former Ukrainian PM – who has lost her court appeal – has reunited and reinvigorated the oppositionThe rejection of Yulia Tymoshenko's appeal against a conviction for abuse of office by a three-judge panel of the Ukrainian high sp...
Ukraine | Julia Timoschenko bleibt hinter Gittern NEW
Presseurop Blog (DE) 2 Years, 10 Months, 4 Days, 23 Minutes ago
Das Oberste Gericht in Kiew bestätigt Julia Timoschenkos Haftstrafe in erster Instanz. Wegen Amtsmissbrauch beim Abschluss von Gasverträgen (2009) wurde die ehemalige Regierungschefin im Oktober 2011 zu sieben Jahren Gefängnis und...
Has Ukraine changed since Independence? – Fundamentally No (Contains an essential read if you want to understand Ukraine) NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 10 Months, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Yesterday I was interviewed by one of the EU’s many Brussels based (and funded) media outlets.  I am a regular contributer and am often asked to offer up difficult and thought-provoking questions which are then in turn put to members of the Eu...
Ukraine: Striving for Unguarded EU Borders NEW
Global Voices Western Europe 2 Years, 10 Months, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
“We are Europeans” grassroots initiative (whose launch GV covered in Oct. 2011) re-posted on its Facebook page a photo collage [en] comparing the Iraq-Syria and the Netherlands-Belgium borders: the former is heavily guarded, the latter is...
Ukrainian Cypriot relations NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Years, 10 Months, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
The EU’s very naughty boy, the offshore tax haven of Cyprus, and Ukraine are getting ever more friendly. Last week, the Cypriot President paid his first ever visit to Ukraine, and this whilst Cyprus is also holding the EU Presidency. Amongst th...