Ukraine’s plans for European integration have been met with resistance from Germany, one of the key players in the European Union. Germany refuses to include in the proposed association agreement between Ukraine and the EU a single sentence about Ukraine’s European perspective or even a mention that Ukraine belongs to European civilization.
This is strange, given that Ukraine’s territory belongs to Europe, except for the 0.015 percent around Tuzla Island, which geographically belongs to Asia. Our mentality is no less European than that of some EU members including Romania and Bulgaria, both of which also developed within the framework of Orthodox, rather than Catholic and Protestant, ethics.
The level of corruption and social problems here is not higher than in some European member states.
So what stopped Chancellor Angela Merkel from even recognizing Ukraine as a part of Europe?