Victor Tkachuk on Democracy, Ukraine & the EU

The present depth of the EU and eurozone economic crisis gives an idea that afterwards the European Union will already be different. Rules of interactions between the states within the Union will change. This will touch upon both political, and especially, economic and currency-related relations.

Europe passes the exam on the ability to come to an agreement in front of the threat of disintegration and return to the “all against all” competition when narrow interests rule over everything.

Indeed, earlier the position of Britain was characterized by the phrase “there are no friends and enemies – there are only British interests”. But now, both D.Cameron and N.Clegg publicly declare that Great Britain cannot afford itself to leave the EU in times of the difficult period and let it remain with crisis on its own. Moods of the population and the part of the ruling conservatives concerning the referendum on the withdrawal from the EU will hardly lead to the game against the singular future of the European Union.

This market is too big and unified to neglect its advantages. And crises and wars sooner or later always end in peace agreements. A unified Europe has paid too high a price for the creation of actually a uniform state and economy and therefore now it cannot allow the EU to become only a part of history due to some national interests.

However, where is the border of national and all-European interests; how do they correspond? In this context it is possible only to be surprised by the statements of the Greek ex-prime-minister G.Papandreu regarding the referendum on the rescue plan for Greece offered after decisions of the compromise EU October summit on granting help to Athens.

Ukraine follows closely upon the European actions on escaping the present crisis. In our opinion, general European values on the democratic platform, instead of situational interests, will become the key to the all-European success. It is clear for us that Britain’s prime-minister D.Cameron protecting the interests of the Eastern European non-eurozone EU member-states is directed exclusively at the harmonization of interests of all the states of the EU for the general post-crisis future. After all, there are all grounds for Great Britain to successfully perform the role of the “lawyer” of the Eastern European non-eurozone EU states.

The crisis in the European Union increases the number of Ukrainian eurosceptics. We hope that the “EU doors” will continue to remain open for the people of Ukraine in future. And in terms of visas for officials in power and in opposition, it is better to rely upon the European legislation and loyalty to traditional values.


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  1. Dear Victor,
    It’s nice to see that in Ukraine people worry about the EU. It shows better than anything that the country will sooner, rather than later, join the union.
    But as you say, the question is will the EU survive the eurozone crisis and in what form will it emerge from it…
    Kind regards,

  2. Dear Georgi,

    Thank you for a neat remark concerning an internal change of the EU. The EU and eurozone will, undoubtedly, outlive the current crisis. However, what is important for Ukraine, in our opinion, is that the European Union manages to keep its capability to getting expanded and admitting new members. It is true that Ukraine in its present state isn’t ready to a fully-fledged EU integration. However, it is extremely important to keep a Europe’s guideline as a set of standards which guarantee implementation of democratic values, rise of living standards of people and a humanitarian development of Ukrainian society. We perceive Europe as a model approaching which already favors developments inside Ukraine. We hope that the postcrisis European Union won’t lose attractiveness for its Eastern neighbors, will be able to continue to reach consensus on the most important issues and, what’s most significant, will offer new outstanding political leaders.

    Best regards,
    Viktor Tkachuk

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