Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (center), extends his hand to European Union President Herman Van Rompuy (left) as EU Commission Chief Jose Manuel Barroso looks on prior to their talks in Kyiv on Dec. 19, the date of the most recent Ukraine-EU Summit. Ukraine’s relationship with the EU has deteriorated under Yanukovych, who is criticized for curtailing democracy and jailing political opponents. No summit date has been set for this year. (AFP)
The decline of Ukrainian democracy, as well as the nation’s relationship with the European Union, can be traced through the four-year tenure of the EU’s ambassador to Ukraine, Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, who left his post in August.