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Ambassador: Greece against Ukraine's EU membership

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Oct. 6, 2011, 10:15 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

A police officer's boots are left in the street during a protest against austerity measures by police officers outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011.

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Athens, Oct 5 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Greece does not support Ukraine's demand to include a provision on the country's EU membership prospects in the draft association agreement with the European Union, as it believes that it is currently not the best time for accession to the EU, Ukrainian Ambassador to Greece Volodymyr Shkurov has said. "Greece does not currently support Article 49 [of the Treaty on the European Union], as insisted by Ukraine, concerning the inclusion of Ukraine's EU membership prospects in the association agreement. This can be explained by the fact that Greece believes that it's currently not the best time for accession to the EU," he said in an interview with Ukrainian journalists in Athens on Wednesday.

At the same time, Shkurov said that this does not mean that Greece is against Ukraine's membership of the EU.

The presidents of Ukraine and Greece will discuss at a meeting on Thursday the subject of the financial crisis, which Greece is currently facing, Shkurov also has said.

"Of course, the agenda foresees the discussion of the issues of the financial crisis, which Greece is currently facing... I think that the conversation will be built in a format of information exchange," he said in an interview with Ukrainian journalists in Athens on Wednesday.

The ambassador said that Greece, as well as Ukraine, had launched complex reforms that are currently being implemented with great difficulty.

Shkurov said that perhaps now was not the best time for visits, but that did not mean that the leaders should not meet and talk.

"Greek experience should be taken into account, but I think that Ukraine is now in a much better situation compared to the situation in Greece and some countries of the European Union," he said.

The ambassador said that in terms of Ukrainian-Greek relations, bilateral trade in the first half of the year grew by about 20%, while exports rose by about 90%.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will make a state visit to Greece on Oct. 6-7.
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Anonymous Oct. 6, 2011, 12:16 p.m.    

As long as Ukraine retains a system of presidential power and presidential authority it should not be considered for EU membership.

The EU should ask the venice Commission to draft a model constitution and require all prospective members states to adopt its provisions and call on existing states to bring their constitution in line with the proposed model.

One criteria that must be fullfilled is that any prospective member state must be governed by a Parliamentary system for a minimun of 15 to 20 years before EU membership can be considered.

25 out of 27 EU member states are parliamentary democracies. France and Cyprus should be consider adopting constitutional reform to remove presidential authority and embrace a democratic parliamnatary system.

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Anonymous Oct. 6, 2011, 3:08 p.m.    

You should write for penthouse forum... its where highly unlikely fantasy scenarios go to die.

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Anonymous Oct. 6, 2011, 4:08 p.m.    

Is the EU really in a position to keep up its expansion?

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Anonymous Oct. 6, 2011, 1:52 p.m.    

Lots of Greek banks open in Ukraine in 2007 and made loans to deadbeats in Ukraine. Thats why Greek financial crisis. They ledn to dead beats in Ukraine who cannt pay back the money, so all the $350billion was lost in Ukraine.

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Anonymous Oct. 6, 2011, 4:32 p.m.    

Go check you head at the hospital. Greece is responsible for Greece.

Greece has been living beyond its means in recent years, and its rising level of debt has placed a huge strain on the country's economy.

The Greek government borrowed heavily and went on something of a spending spree during the past decade.

Public spending soared and public sector wages practically doubled during that time.

However, as the money flowed out of the government's coffers, tax income was hit because of widespread tax evasion.

When the global financial downturn hit, Greece was ill-prepared to cope.

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Anonymous Oct. 6, 2011, 3:06 p.m.    

Why would an amatuer pick-pocket like greece want competition from Pros... er I mean PoR

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Anonymous Oct. 6, 2011, 4:33 p.m.    

Greece should be kicked out of EU!

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Anonymous Oct. 6, 2011, 5:16 p.m.    

Greece, what a poor country, it contributes nothing but a dead ancient historical culture to taday's modern world. Just take a trip across this poor rocky dead beat country and you will see what I am talking about. Ukraine, on the other hand is one of the richest countries in Europe, but unfortunately it is being robbed blind by its Ukrainophobe leaders who hate the Ukrainian population and are raping it without measure.

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Anonymous Oct. 7, 2011, 9:21 p.m.    

The EU might welcome a swap of Greece for Ukraine. They would certainly be no worse off.

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