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The Guardian: Angela Merkel plans Euro 2012 boycott if Yulia Tymoshenko kept in jail

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April 30, 2012, 10:43 a.m. |

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych address a press conference following talks at the chancellery in Berlin August 30, 2010. Merkel said on August 30, 2010 she held "very open" talks with Yanukovych about press freedom following criticisms from journalists and international watchdogs.
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Kate Connolly writes:


Angela Merkel is planning to boycott next month's Euro 2012 football tournament in Ukraine unless imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is released, according to newspaper reports. The German chancellor's decision came as the former Ukrainian prime minister's daughter made an impassioned plea to the German government to "save the life" of her mother, who is has spent 10 days on hunger strike.

"Save my mother's life before it's too late," Eugenia Tymoshenko urged the German leadership in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung newspaper. "The fate of my mother and that of my country are now one and the same thing: if she dies, democracy dies with her".

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Gerald Bowers April 30, 2012, 2:52 p.m.    

The EU has an opportunity to bring Ukraine down on its knees.

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PET ELLI April 30, 2012, 6:20 p.m.    

Ukraine should stick to its guns and allow no preferential treatments for criminals like Tymu,,

EU needs Ukraine's resources more than Ukraine would need a new Fuhrer,,

Let them cancel the games, they are all fixed anyway,,,

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PET ELLI April 30, 2012, 7:41 p.m.    

The fate of my mother and that of my country are now one and the same thing: if she dies, democracy dies with her&quot;.

JUCHENKO, WAS A DECENT AGENT OF THE WEST, WHO COULD HAVE TAKEN CREDIT FOR THE ORANGE CHAOS, BUT TYMU MYSTERIOUSLY APPEARED WITH JUSENKO ON THE PLATFORM, TO PUSH HIM OFF AND TAKE CREDIT FOR THE TURMOIL WHICH SHE CALLS DEMOCRACY.

THE REAL JUSENKO NOT THE OLDER VERSION THAT CAME TO THE SCENE AFTER THE SUPPOSED POISONING THAT HAD NEVER HAPPENED,, J

EU IS deteriorating due to dictatorship of the handful banks that oppress it and own it,, Tymu wants Ukraine to be owned by the same banking cartel/gangsters that CONTROL EU AND HOLDS THE FRANCHISEE RIGHTS FOR THIS FILTH CALLED DEMOCRACY

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Roman Dawydiak April 30, 2012, 10:28 p.m.    

Angela Merkel is an anathema to Viktor Yanukovych. She is in fact the new Iron Lady of Europe. These types of women (Yulia Tymoshenko included) terrorize eunuch minded individuals such as the Ukrainian President and his side kick PM Azarov-Pakhlo. Vitya cannot jail her nor can he banish her as he did with his wife Lyudmyla. Yanukovych will just have to live with the fact that besides being beautiful, women can also be very strong willed and just as intelligent as any man. Welcome to the 21st century.

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PET ELLI May 1, 2012, 1:28 a.m.    

Roman needs woman desperately to stop him from drew ling over old ladies like Merkel and Tymu,,

Tymu has reported to have affair with so many men over the past few years, that compared to her the cheap hookers of Kiev look like virgins..

I would not trust Tymu to walk my dog much less to lead my country..

On the other hand Janu's wife is the real example to my daughters...

She is loyal, steadfast, faithful and trustworthy,, no fake hair do, no fake hair colour, no false motives,, not deceptive,,, just decent in every way...

We do not need common thieves/sluts as idols for us,, we need people with morality,, Merkel who was stripping to get re elected was told she need to to lower herself any lower, the election is fixed, she can remain in power to continue destroying the EU to please the USA..

Not my ideal character of iron lady, rather a bunch of hookers who have hookers morals but not the looks,,

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