Fear of unemployment and economic crisis,
economic growth and social security will top the list. And in the Oct. 28 vote,
Ukrainians try to elect a political
elite that could bring them that. But this is where the problems start.
Ukraine’s political elites are desperately lacking the two essential qualities
that are required to meet those expectations: competence and maturity.
Here are some illustrations of what I
mean. With great fanfare, the Ukrainian government announced on Nov. 26 that it
signed a $1 billion agreement with a Spanish company to build an onshore
liquefied natural gas terminal in a bid to decrease Ukraine’s dependence on
Russian gas imports.
Just a few hours later, it emerged that
the Spanish company in question had no idea about the agreement, signed
nothing, and authorized nobody to either negotiate, or sign on their behalf. The
mysterious man who concluded the deal is nowhere to be found.