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Ukraine in crisis: The EU's co-responsibility

Far beyond free trade

The EU purports to be part of the solution in Ukraine. Particularly, the EU continues to claim that the proposed Association Agreement will contribute to solving the economic problems of the country. EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Štefan Füle, even raised the possibility of eventually offering an EU membership to Ukraine. There are, however, strong indications that the EU approach creates more problems than it solves, writes Joachim Becker.


As a first step, the political part and some elements of the economic part of the Association Agreement are to be signed and implemented almost immediately. This would be a significant step, as the Association Agreements which are promoted by the EU in the post-Soviet space are a key element of the EU strategy to enlarge its sphere of influence to the East. This emerges very clearly from the text of the proposed treaty with Ukraine ...

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EU association vs. Eurasian Union
Disastrous transformation
Western Balkan as a model?
An alternative EU policy not in sight

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Joachim Becker is professor at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien.

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