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You're reading: What matters for the EU in Association Agreement with Ukraine

 Judging
from amiable gesturing on both sides, the doublespeak about release of former Prime
Minister YuliaTymoshenko from prison, and not much more than resolutions and polite
admonishing concerning the authoritarian traps and crooked judiciary (“selective
prosecution”), the European Union negotiators seem to be undeterred from  moving ahead with the signing of the Association
Agreement in Vilnius on Nov. 28.

And so,
what motivates them the most? Try this first: Europeans will benefit from
having an increasingly decent, liberal, democratic and prosperous country as
their neighbor.

If you
believe that this description will fit Ukraine any time soon, hold on to your
chair. President Viktor Yanukovych is not about to soften his grip or lose next
elections, which will be rigged as expected. He wants more power, not less. Imploring
how much he stands to gain by becoming a nice fellow is like blowing bubbles in
the wind.

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