Archive | November 2012

“The Pendulum Swing” of Ukrainian democracy

The aftermath of the parliamentary elections showcased the “relapse” of authoritarianism in Kiev. If the EU wants to support democracy in its troublesome Eastern neighbour, it will have to make amends to its policies.

Disclosure: Ievgen Vorobiov is a Ukrainian national, who studied International Politics in Maastricht (The Netherlands) and works in Brussels (Belgium).

For the past 20 years, the politics in Ukraine have resembled the movements of a pendulum. The device would swing from authoritarianism to democracy, and back. It appeared to shift slowly between Russia and the West in its foreign policy cycle, yet never to get stuck in any of those poles. The parliamentary elections on 28 October have marked the counter-democratic phase of the pendulum lifecycle, thus posing an uneasy dilemma for the EU and the US.  Read More…