This reminds of a less-known Ukrainian one-liner: “My pasemo zadnih,” which in hi-fi parlance translates into: “We are behind the behinders.”
I am referring, of course, to the recent gratuitous debate about a very stale topic: Should the European Union hold off the economic alignment talks with Ukraine – because of the ongoing political repression by its present government – while pressing the authorities in Kyiv to shape up?
Somehow it did not occur to serious people that Europe has been drowning in a financial crisis for some time now, and is not about to mess with peripheral (from its viewpoint) issues, such as Ukraine’s political or economic headaches. This should be fairly obvious. Apparently it is to President Viktor Yanukovych and his crew.