Andreas Umland: Towards a Kyiv-Berlin Axis?

Andreas Umland, a Nonresident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, Principal Researcher of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Jena, as well as General Editor of the book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” and “Ukrainian Voices”, prepared counterintuitive deliberations on a possible future partnership between Ukraine and Germany.…

Shock to the sistema: Ukraine’s youthful new government

Andrew Wilson, who gave us an interview about Zelensky’s virtual campaign, analyzed how will the country’s new, youthful leadership team cope with an embedded sistema for ECFR Ukraine’s new comedian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has wasted no time forming a new government since parliament assembled on 29 August. He ignored constitutional convention to attend the first day’s session, haranguing MPs and…

Opportunities and Risks in Zelenskyy’s New Ukraine

What to make of the new political realities in Ukraine? Both, the presidential and parliamentary Ukrainian elections of 2019 delivered historic results. Ukraine never had a President with so much electoral support (73%), and so little connection to the country’s old political class. Moreover, independent Ukraine never had a parliament with as dominant a party as Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s “Servant of…

Ukraine’s Language Law: Whose Rights Are Protected?

The Law on Ensuring the Functioning of Ukrainian as the State Language was passed by the Ukrainian parliament on April 25, 2019, after two readings and the introduction of more than 2,000 amendments within the half year after it was first approved, in October 2018. After approval, the law became a cornerstone in then president Petro Poroshenko’s reelection campaign. A contentious subject, and…

Andrew Wilson: how will Zelensky survive in real life after basically a virtual campaign?

Starting with a general question: what’s your overall impression of the 2019 presidential elections in Ukraine and are the Ukrainians still unexpected  (reference to “The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation” book – Editor) Well, certainly a lot of unexpected things happened in the campaign. We’re finding out a lot more about Zelensky’s past history and according to some sources he planned this…