Ukraine: I Want to Live in Europe!

News   •   Dec 04, 2013 05:58 GMT

A new Euromaidan (the pro-European Union protests at Maidan Nezalezhnosti - literally Independence Square), started under the slogan “Russia doesn't not allow Ukraine to join Europe.” After all, accidents will happen in the best-regulated families, as Dickens said.

During the last week there were claims that Russia will not allow Ukraine to join “Western civilization”. Is the type of civilization determined by international agreements? Does Ukraine belong to Eastern civilization? Or does it refer to Soviet civilization? I wonder, how long the post-Soviet countries will explain their present problems by their hard Soviet past. “The Partnership promotes democracy and good governance,” but an agreement can neither turn a thief into an honest politician nor teach the society ”to live according to European values.”

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