Charlemagne, in The Economist, is rather skeptical : "EU nearly lost Ukraine".
If a few months ago the Eu had somme ideas to put back Ukraina on the road to Europe (insisting on the release of Yulia Tymoshenko, promising a possible EU membership, putting Ukraine and Georgia on the way to NATO, etc.), "all these debates have now been overtaken by events", says Charlemagne. Now we have only one question : "Is Mr Yanukovych a man the EU can do business with ?"
And, eventualy, a complementary one : who cares more for Ukraina ? "Russia cares more about losing Ukraine than the EU cares about winning it", writes Charlemagne. It is true,
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