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I used to hand out a mind-bogglingly complicated diagram, filled with jargon, arrows and boxes, which seemed to have been designed to be as confusing as possible. “For a start,” I would say, “ignore that diagram.” I no longer have it, sadly, but this PowerPoint slide gives you an idea.

Jargon is often used amongst experts as shorthand to make it easier to discuss complex concepts with which everyone is familiar. The problem is that jargon can also baffle or confuse people. That’s why I always seek to provide links to EU concepts such as Article 2 or the Copenhagen Criteria to help explain what they mean.

In this context, I’ve had some feedback suggesting it would be useful to explain some of the jargon (or, to put it more politely, detail) around the Association Agreement which Ukraine is negotiating with the European Union.

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