Outspoken EU ambassador departs

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Aug. 30, 2012, 11:10 p.m. | Politics — by Brian Bonner, Yuriy Onyshkiv

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)

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Brian Bonner has served as the chief editor of the Kyiv Post since 2008. He also held the job in 1999, three years after first arriving in Ukraine to teach journalism. Bonner is a veteran American journalist who spent most of his professional life with the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, where he covered international, national and local news during a nearly 24-year career in which he was a staff writer and an assigning editor. For American newspapers, he has reported from abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Laos. Bonner left the St. Paul newspaper in 2007 to become the associate director of international communications at the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington, D.C. He also worked as a member of the core teams with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe during six election observation missions in Ukraine, Belarus, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. To contact: email, Facebook at, Twitter @BSBonner, Skype at brian.bonner1959.

Yuriy Onyshkiv

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.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 31, 2012, 1:08 a.m.    

The decline in ukrIne,s democratic development started long before Teixeira took up his position of ambassadors.

Ukraine took a major step forward when it adopted constitutional reform following the Orange Revolution . Sadly it was soon betrayed and undermined by Viktor Yushcheno in 2006 and again in 2007

Ukraine will never be a free and democratic state as long as it remains behold to autocratic presidential rule. Thepresidential system is by design undemocratic.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Venice Commission have both recommended that Ukraine adopt a full parliamentary model of governance in line with European values and Eurpopean models.

Yushchenko in opposing Ukraine's transition to democric rule had set back Ukraine's democratic development decades if not generations. Ukraine has to get back on track and embrace constitutional reform and reform of its judiciary. The first step is to remove presidential power and develop Parliamentary rule.

The recent changes implemented by Yanukovich is a step backwards. The system that is in place failed to provide representative government before and will fail again.

Goven that Ukraine has thumbd it's noses at the European community and Congo ie to ignore ts recommendations there is little hope. And prospect that t will regain forces and direction. The opposition has failed to decline or articulate a plan or proposal to change.

Ukraine is set to continue to exist in a ongoing state of political instability, division and non democratic state. It has no vision or direction. it is purely beholden on the good will and benevolence of whoever holds the office of President. This is not democracy but autocracy.

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Byron Hill Aug. 31, 2012, 3:26 a.m.    

“Sanctions are ‘a difficult question,’ Teixeira said. “I have my own personal convictions (but) on this issue I can only speak on behalf of the EU.” Thank you Mr. Teixeira, we certainly know and agree with your “personal convictions”, may they soon come to fruition. As long as Ukraine keeps her legs open and tolerates being raped repeatedly without outcry or fighting in self defense or in the least saying "NO" to her rapist, there is not much anyone else can do to help. How can the rest of the world assist her when she willingly permits these transgressions? Until Ukraine stops lying on her back she will suffer at the hands of the corrupted ones.

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Harry Yellando Aug. 31, 2012, 10:47 a.m.    

Ukraine will take two generation to reach democracy as the "old" generation fear change and are happy with the soviet way of life....the E U is blind to this and do not see that Yanko WILL be president for 20 years......he has done the same as the Belarus Dick-tator and the people will not have the fight to resist.....

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kpxoxol Aug. 31, 2012, 10:31 p.m.    

"Outspoken EU ambassador departs"

Poor guy Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira will join the HUGE number of unemployed Spaniards as the EU disintegrates, HA HA HA, gasp, HO HO HO :D

Good riddance, heh, heh, heh :D

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Roman Dawydiak Sept. 1, 2012, 10:06 p.m.    

Ambassador Teixeira was a constant thorn in the rump of Yanukovych and his sovok dupa followers. History will show that his championing of democracy and human rights in Ukraine will be greatly appreciated by future generations.

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Bill Pannell Sept. 5, 2012, 12:54 a.m.    

Have a nice holiday....IT IS WELL DESERVED.

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Bill Pannell Sept. 5, 2012, 12:55 a.m.    

Have a nice holiday....IT IS WELL DESERVED.

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