For quite a while, Ukraine’s domestic and foreign policy discourse revolved around one question – will or won’t Ukraine join an association with the European Union. In the run-up to the Dec. 19 Ukraine-European Union summit in Kyiv, the tension could be cut with a knife. But in the aftermath, we see that all is well that ends well.
Considering how much was at stake, the whole drama didn’t seem artificial. After all, the preparation of this document overall took almost five years and 21 rounds of negotiations. It wasn’t simply about an extra-long political and economic document. It was about Ukraine’s sense of direction for the coming years – or maybe decades.
So what happened? Who won? Are we in for a lengthy period of the association-bound reforms or another pause of uncertainty?