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The debate over Ukraine has essentially been centred on Russia’s shrewd and illegal take-over of the Crimea and the risk of Russia destabilising the eastern parts of Ukraine with a large share of Russo-phone citizens. Crimea having formally become part of the Russian Federation there is no point shedding tears. Crimea will not come back… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Ukraine is a major emitter of C02, comparable to Spain. It is therefore laudable that the government aims at reducing C02 emissions at the same rate as the EU, i.e. 20 percent by 2020. That should be feasible provided the country focuses on its huge potential for raising energy efficiency. Like all former socialist countries,… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The failure of the 150 odd trade ministers from the WTO member countries, on July 28th, to wind up seven years of laborious negotiations throws a dark shadow on the increasing dysfunction of the international community. Most commentators have focused on the negative impact on international trade, fearing rising protectionism and a blow to the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

At the NATO meeting in Bucharest, the USA has failed to reach a consensus on Ukrainian membership. Still, the Bucharest Declaration makes Ukrainian membership a long-term NATO objective. Ukraine is deeply divided on its future relation with NATO, as recent demonstrations in Kiev witness. Russia strongly rejects the country’s NATO Membership; it feels that it… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

With 7 percent annual GDP rise Ukraine has been one of the fastest growing economies in Europe during the last few years. Now these positive developments have come under threat. The economy shows severe signs of stress. Inflation has reached 26 percent in March 2008, higher than anywhere else in Europe. The current account deficit… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein