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You're reading: More stick, less carrot best in dealing with Yanukovych

American political scientist Alexander J. Motyl has argued that a group of experts, including these three authors, are wrong to believe the European Union should take a tougher line against President Viktor Yanukovych over democratic regression since he came to power 18 months ago (See www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/107488/).

Motyl believes that the strategic factor of denying Ukraine to Russia and the Customs Union outweighs any democratic failings and that, once inside the free-trade zone, the EU will have leverage over Kyiv and be able to gradually Europeanize Ukraine.

There are five problems with this argument.

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