January 2014

Yanukovych parried the opposition and pressure of Baroness Ashton
They do not feel to be outsiders
How does a „world-wide casino“ work?
Wandering through Croatia’s Istria (part 5)
The Euphrasian Basilica
Your Bulgarian Skiing holiday destination
A liquid Deli from Međimurje
An Anti-Russian Lego
Save the Ukraine!
Does IKEA want to erase fatherhood?
A masterpiece of Anti-Christian propaganda
France has fallen on its knees
Euroasian integration in 2013
What is the juidical system of China?
United patriots
What is the future of liturgical music?
Miniature fantasies of Ranka Čabrinović
Back in Slovakia


 
Editorial
Yanukovych parried the opposition and pressure of  Baroness Ashton
Experienced Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych, three-time Prime Minister and former governor of Doneck region is facing the biggest challenge in the Ukraine and of his career yet. He has been fighting the same political groups and critics practically since the so called Orange revolution in 2004. Even the topics in the centre of this ongoing political crisis have been the same. Ukraine has been traumatised by two key questions for the last ten years: can the country remain united or will it fall gradually apart? Which of the two main players of the region will it be integrated into, will Ukraine finally choose the European Union or will it not resist the pressure from Russia and the new Eurasian Union?
Common sense would suggest that the second largest state in Europe should remain neutral and should also co-operate with both, the European Union and Russia as a fair and reliable economic partner. But who today is interested in an independent and sovereign Ukraine more? The European Union with their eagerness to gradually absorb the entire Balkans and the Ukraine, or is it Russia which looks at the Ukraine as on its natural and 'Slavonic brother and ally'? In other words, the Ukraine is what Canada is for the USA or Austria for Germany. And what do the Ukrainians or all the different ethnicities living in the Ukraine want? Surely we can agree that they want to live in a peaceful and stable political and economic environment that can provide adequate living standards, development and prospects for them. And they want it regardless of whether they live in the Crimea, on the Western or Eastern part of the Ukraine.
My personal opinion is that the recent leaders of the EU, but also of Poland, Hungary and Romania should leave the Ukraine alone. They need to stop interfering in its internal affairs and to colonise them politically, economically or attempt to influence their civic structures. They should stop lecturing the Ukraine about democracy or advising on what is good or bad because of these countries have problems on their own, even with democracy, respecting international law or with human and civil rights. The European Union should open up its market in front of Ukrainian industrial or agricultural products if it is so keen to help, for example. As do Russia and other states in its Federation. Has the EU shown any interest in these products? Is there a demand for these products at all? The Germans, the Austrians or the French have problems accepting even the 'Europeanised' or 'standardised' Czech, Polish, Hungarian or Slovakian products, so how will they like Ukrainian products? Instead of leading constructive debate on economic cooperation between the EU and Ukraine only rumours of a certain kind of financial assistance to Ukraine are circulating. Even this support is subjected to a condition of Baroness Ashton to create a transitional Ukrainian government. It is supposed to replace a government that was elected during the democratic elections in October 2012. Who in Brussels gave the mandate to the Baroness to demand such things? I do not recall any of the prime ministers, presidents of EU member states or any ministers of foreign affairs opening this issue up for a debate. Or silence means consent?
This requirement of hers is the only help so far offered to Kyiv. Thus demonstrating that the EU leadership lacks any real Marshall Plan at hand for the Ukraine. The EU has rather irresponsibly and narrow-mindedly been supporting the desperate and inconsistent opposition in need of direction due to not knowing what to do. But she should be aware of the fact that both Vitaly Klitchko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk have to respect the Ukrainian Constitution and its democratic laws, not just the President, the government or governors. The same applies to some of those unemployed and homeless people who have been occupying the main Square of Victory, but at least they are served hot meals. However, while the opposition leaders can not get the support and the majority in Parliament, they shout and make threats, organise 'peaceful demonstrations' with armed protesters, giving the President ultimatum. They first propose early Parliamentary and Presidential elections, then demand the President to resign with threats 'two more days and you will experience hell' just to achieve victory in undemocratic and unconstitutional manner. So, apart from engaging in street fights with the police and of unlawful occupation of governmental buildings in the capital and in the regional cities of Western Ukraine, nothing significant has been achieved. Of course, if we do not consider damage to the economy, dozens of injured policemen and protesters, deaths of several radical freedom fighters on the barricades in Kyiv (among them one Belarusian citizen and an Armenian from Upper Karabach) to be achievements. In spite all this, neither the European Union nor the European Parliament have not condemn or criticize them. Responsibility for the crisis, violence and death are attributed the Government and the President for proposing to postpone the Association Agreement with the EU to a later period.
Trends such as 'modern Ukrainianization', 'derusifikation', 'deputination' required by Oleh Tjahnybok, the third opposition leader and first man of nationalist All-Ukrainian Union "Freedom", will certainly not help Ukraine nor achieve piece. He wants to reinstate Ukraine's status as a „nuclear power“ and to free the country from under Russian and Polish dependency. He envisions the Ukraine in the EU but not under NATO nor under Jewish influence. The EU had been counting him to be part of the opposition which is fighting for the Association pact and for 'European Ukraine'. The most recent resolution of the European Parliament however makes it clear that Brussels no longer counts with him. „The European Parliament expresses concern at the increasing influence of the Euromaydan and its control by the extreme nationalist and chauvinist Freedom Party, which has never distanced itself from its historic heritage of Ukrainian Insurgent Army, responsible for the mass murder of Poles, Jews, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians and Armenians between 1943 and 1947. We think that the political platform of the Freedom Party is contrary to the fundamental European values ​​of respect for people regardless of their nationality or beliefs.“
It seems that his marches through the streets of Kyiv and other cities in Western Ukraine have fulfilled their historic role in the destabilization and radicalisation of the current situation in Ukraine. There is however one more extremist left in the game - Vitaly Klitchko, distributing his senseless political punches all over the place. He still has not delivered a K.O. to the President or the Government yet, because he lacks intellectual capacity to do so. He can only recite memorized phrases and read what other people prepare for him to read. One can therefore hope that after the EU and the U.S. give him some hints, he will let Arseniy Jatsenyuk, - a restrained and backstage player and successor of Yulia Tymoshenko, - be the opposition leader or the main Presidential candidate. He was one of the three candidates proposed to Viktor Yanukovych and backed by Verchovna rada (Parliament) during the Prime Ministerial elections in February 2010. The President chose Mykola Aznarov. In early January 2014, just before Aznarov's resignation in order to resolve the crisis and maintain the integrity of Ukraine, the President offered the post of Prime Minister to Yatsenyuk. He refused it. But later, of course after consultation with EU leaders, he changed his mind. He announced that he accepts the offer to become Prime Minister under the condition if all the ministers were subsequently let go and replaced by the political nominees of the opposition. Mr. Yanukovych did not accept such a condition, and on January 28, 2014 he appointed Serhiy Arbuzov to be the pending Prime Minister of the Ukrainian Government. In December 2013, while he was still Vice Prime Minister, he announced that the Association Agreement concerning the free trade with the EU (while keeping Ukraine's strategical interest in sight) will be soon signed. The ball has bounced back to its original position, where it was before the EU summit on EU's Eastern partnership in Vilnius. President Yanukovych then suggested that Ukraine's integration into the EU to be addressed on EU-Ukraine-Russia level. It is a shame that lives were lost and that three months had been wasted. Will the opposition parties in Ukraine alongside the EU and the U.S. take responsibility for the circus that they had caused and supported?
Róbert Matejovič, editor in chief
 
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