What if the EU had offered its neighbor a membership perspective in 2004? by Stefan Meister, Polish Institute of International Affairs In the sixth contribution to the PISM/DGAP counterfactuals series, ECFR’s Stefan Meister examines the lost opportunities argument and presents a three-pronged strategy for drawing Ukraine closer to the EU. A decade ago in Ukraine,…
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Ukraine matters. It matters as a growing market for British goods and services; as an investment destination; as an energy transit route and as an energy supplier. It matters because the evolution of its democracy could have important consequences for the region. And it matters because its relationship with the European Union is a test case for the EU’s entire strategy towards its Neighbourhood and especially towards its Eastern neighbours.
It is time for the wider Westminster and Whitehall community to acknowledge the importance of the UK-Ukraine relationship, to give it the attention which it deserves and for us in Britain to commit ourselves wholeheartedly to strengthening our relations both bilaterally and also through the EU.