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Former German Ambassador Studemann views superiority of personality factor as fundamental defect of Ukrainian politics

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Dec. 22, 2009, 1:03 a.m. | Politics — by Ukrainian News

Dietmar Studemann, the former Ambassador of Germany to Ukraine (2000-2006)

In the opinion of Dietmar Studemann, the former Ambassador of Germany to Ukraine (2000-2006) and former advisor for Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko, the superiority of the factor of personalities over ideological platforms of parties is the fundamental defect of the modern politics in Ukraine. He said this in an interview with the Hlavkom Internet newspaper.

"The most important question in Ukraine remains personalities, posts, whereas platforms are viewed as minor matters. This is a huge fundamental defect. Parties in the proper meaning of this word do not exist in your country so far. A party for us is its platform first, and its personalities later," he said.

The former ambassador said it is strange that Ukrainian politicians standing on mutually exclusive platforms are ready to cooperate ahead of the elections although any compromise of their political platforms is impossible.

Parties in the West also endorse decisions on coalitions ahead of the elections, but these decisions are based on the clear-cut compromises of the party platforms. The questions of personalities and posts are decided as minor matters, said Dietmar Stuedemann.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the diplomatic mission of German Ambassador to Ukraine Dietmar Studemann ended on June 30, 2006.
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