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Germany ombudsman: Ukraine needs judicial independence, fair elections for rapprochement with EU

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Aug. 7, 2012, 2:30 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

German Government Commissioner for Human Rights Markus Loening
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BERLIN - Ukraine must observe the rule of law and ensure the independence of the judiciary in order to get closer to the European Union, German Government Commissioner for Human Rights Markus Loening said on Tuesday.

He added that the holding of fair parliamentary elections in October is also a prerequisite to Ukraine's rapprochement with the EU.

The ombudsman said that Germany was still concerned about the possible political motivation of the case against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

"We expect the authorities of Ukraine to hold a proper trial and guarantee its independence," Loening said.

"Together with our EU partners, we will closely monitor Tymoshenko's trial and the development of the situation in Ukraine as a whole," Loening said.

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gary yellando Aug. 7, 2012, 3:40 p.m.    

get on your bike you German E U interfeerer......Yanko DO NOT WANT THE EU...have you not awakened to this yet.....????????????.

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cedrik Aug. 8, 2012, 7:03 a.m.    

Nice tie he's wearing. A subtle message, perhaps? I would suggest that Germany fix their own mess before meddling in ours.

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carl Aug. 8, 2012, 4:13 p.m.    

The values expressed by orange movement were good, they just betrayed those values. I have to admit i liked Yushchenko thought he did okay as central banker,pm.
Germany has not done a audit in years of overseas gold reserves, some in parliament being to question if the gold is really there.

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cedrik Aug. 8, 2012, 5:28 p.m.    

The values and goals of the oranges did sound good. Unfortunately they were amateurs in a very high stakes game and failed miserably.

If the German gold is in Fort Knox in USA, it is safe and there. Who knows where else Germany has gold?

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carl Aug. 8, 2012, 8:27 p.m.    

Overseas gold reserves of Germany are held in UK,France and at NewYork federal reserve bank. United States and Germany signed a treaty decades requiring Germany to keep gold in US. Post war treaties by US,USSR imposed tight control on the two German republics.

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