´Ukraine after the Tymoshenko verdict´, Andrew Wilson

Ukraine after the Tymoshenko verdict

The trial and sentencing of the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko in 2011 is a double challenge to the European Union – testing both its credibility and the transformative capacity of its soft power. Kiev ignored clear warnings from Brussels and key member states, and then failed to deliver on promises of compromise.

The EU-Ukraine summit on Monday 19th December offers the chance to stop the rot in relations with Kyiv.

In a new policy memo published by ECFR, ‘Ukraine after the Tymoshenko verdict’, Andrew Wilson argues that instead of lecturing Ukraine on human rights the EU needs to show that it means business.

Click here to download a PDF copy of ‘Ukraine after the Tymoshenko verdict’.

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  1. Relatively strong recent growth figures (4.3% in 2010; 5% expected in 2011) follow a precipitous decline of 15.1% in 2009.
  2. Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions faces tricky parliamentary elections in autumn 2012, with a current popularity rating of just over 20%. They are likely to use tools such as tax demands on rivals, patronage, ‘political technology’ and the use of ‘legal terror’ against opposition figures.
  3. Yuliya Tymoshenko was the most prominent victim of this ‘legal terror’ when sentenced to seven years imprisonment on 11th October.

21-XII-11, ECFR