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Alexander J.Motyl argues in his June 24 World Affairs Journal blog 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’s administration over democratic regression since he came to power eighteen months ago.

He believes that the strategic factor of denying Ukraine to Russia and the Customs Union outweighs any democratic failings (which Motyl has himself repeatedly criticized) 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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