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You're reading: Free trade talks with Kyiv are testing EU’s credibility

While events in the Middle East and the Greek financial meltdown continue to monopolize the European Union’s agenda, important developments are also taking place along the 27-member bloc’s eastern neighborhood, as Brussels enters the latter stages of negotiating a comprehensive free-trade agreement with Ukraine.

Conclusion and implementation of the agreement will not only offer Ukraine a stake in the EU’s single market and significantly strengthen Kyiv’s ties with the bloc. It will also send a clear-cut message that Ukraine’s course towards European integration is irreversible.

Historically, the road to EU membership goes via trade and economic approximation with a free-trade area being the first and core element of integration into the EU for the nations of Central and Eastern Europe.

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