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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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Anonymous Dec. 22, 2009, 2:07 a.m.    

Its an American trait. Instead of policies they concentrate ion the personality of the leader. A problem with the presidential system per-say

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Anonymous Dec. 22, 2009, 6:51 p.m.    

This is absolutely very true. Not one party in Ukraine is a real party with an ideological base and a formula for running the country to get rid of corruption, raise taxes on the oligarchs, prevent money from leaving the country, raising the standard of living, mapping a proper outline for the Ukrainization of the population especially the heavily Russified East. Each party is trading on the popularity (?) of its main contender. Ukraine has to study the way politics should be managed by looking more closely at other European countries.

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