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Public demand for a more structured political field is high, and has been for a long time. For years, we have been saying that the situation, when the country has more than 200 parties, is not normal. Most of them have no political clout whatsoever.

But only now have historical and political preconditions appeared for the formation of a political party based on the most popular among them: Batkivshchyna. Some political forces, including Reforms and Order Party and a part of the multiple Rukh parties, have long realized that the times when national democratic parties blossomed in big politics have passed – especially after political blocs were banned in the last parliamentary election.

As for Yatseniuk, he understands that his former party Front of Change, as well as Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna, no longer have a choice – ever since their merger began almost a year ago. In essence, this is an issue of their political survival in conditions where most opposition parties might not even be able to survive. 

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