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Europese Unie en Oekraïne onder Viktor Janoekovitsj: een onverwachte meevaller?

(2011) INTERNATIONALE SPECTATOR. 65(2). p.79-82
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Guillaume van der Loo surveys the current relationship between the European Union and Ukraine. When Viktor Yanukovych was elected as president of Ukraine in February 2010, many observers feared that the focus of Ukraine's foreign policy would shift again towards Russia and that the European Union had 'lost' Ukraine. Yet, it appears as though Yanukovych's leadership might be more beneficial for the EU-Ukraine relations than many initially feared. First, Yanukovych has already stated on many occasions that EU integration is still a priority of his foreign policy, although he adds that friendly and constructive relations with Russia are crucial as well. It is an indication that Ukraine will go back to a 'multi-vector' foreign policy which seeks to obtain maximum result from developing beneficial relations with both Brussels and Moscow. Secondly, although this seems paradoxical, the fact that Yanukovych is more pragmatic towards the EU than his predecessor Viktor Yushchenko could foster EU-Ukraine relations. After the Orange Revolution, the new political leaders soon became disappointed in the EU as the latter ignored Kiev's membership ambitions. Now Yanukovych is playing down the membership issue; the gap between Ukraine's expectations and EU's offer is decreasing which makes the envisaged ambitious association agreement the perfect compromise. After worrying signs concerning human rights and fundamental freedoms in Ukraine it is important that the EU pushes forward the association agreement and embraces Ukraine. If not, Yanukovych may well turn to Russia and hence the initial fears would become reality.
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Ukraine, European Neighbourhood Policy., EU, Association, Viktor Janoekovitsj

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Van der Loo, Guillaume. 2011. “Europese Unie En Oekraïne Onder Viktor Janoekovitsj: Een Onverwachte Meevaller?” Internationale Spectator 65 (2): 79–82.
APA
Van der Loo, Guillaume. (2011). Europese Unie en Oekraïne onder Viktor Janoekovitsj: een onverwachte meevaller? INTERNATIONALE SPECTATOR, 65(2), 79–82.
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Van der Loo G. Europese Unie en Oekraïne onder Viktor Janoekovitsj: een onverwachte meevaller? INTERNATIONALE SPECTATOR. 2011;65(2):79–82.
MLA
Van der Loo, Guillaume. “Europese Unie En Oekraïne Onder Viktor Janoekovitsj: Een Onverwachte Meevaller?” INTERNATIONALE SPECTATOR 65.2 (2011): 79–82. Print.
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  issn         = {0020-9317},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONALE SPECTATOR},
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  language     = {dut},
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  title        = {Europese Unie en Oekra{\"i}ne onder Viktor Janoekovitsj: een onverwachte meevaller?},
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  year         = {2011},
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