If current policy approaches remain the same – and so far there has been no indication otherwise – the EU’s role as a prototype and stimulus for the region’s ongoing democratisation will be increasingly compromised. With Ukraine needing Europe much more than Europe needs it, Ukraine’s democratic advancement could then be at serious risk; the EU, in turn, may be faced with an increasingly volatile neighbourhood instead of the stability that it strives to achieve.
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There is no more immediate task in Ukraine than that on which we are working – the creation of a powerful machine for independent civic assessment of the work of the authorities, for appealing against decisions which run counter to the law, human rights and public interest, for the lobbying of these interests. The revolution in Ukraine lies ahead and this revolution won’t be orange. It will be the struggle of the people for the return of their state. This revolution will be blue and yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag. And it is a pleasure to think that these are also the colours of United Europe. We are one in our freedom!
Over the past 15 years Ukraine has certainly become a much freer nation than many of its former Soviet neighbors. Yet, as this year’s events have demonstrated, the point of no return in the transition toward a sustainable democracy has not been passed. Elements of authoritarian culture are still preserved inside a number of institutions, notably, the security sector. There are powerful forces in the region working to undo the nascent democracy. The latter’s very institutional structure is as yet too incomplete to be immune from these challenges.
The biggest change seen in Ukraine over the year following the Orange Revolution is the move from illusions to disillusionment. The overwhelming majority of promises made to the people on Maidan by political leaders have not been kept. Obviously in one year it would be impossible to achieve all that was planned. However, unfortunately, the further into the past the Revolution recedes, the further we move from the keeping of these promises. There have even been negative developments in comparison with the first months after the Revolution. I would not say that the country is slipping back into Kuchmism, and most likely there will be no repeat of what it was like then. The situation is more reminiscent of a return to the days of the Presidency under Kravchuk in 1994.
However there was a solution to be found where least expected. Ukraine was saved by civic activists and the Internet. This is the story of the website “Maidan” and the group involved in it. It is the story of the democratic evolution of Ukraine.
The Orange Revolution and the election of Viktor Yuschenko as the President provided a significant mandate for the new agenda that is based on principles of democracy, individual freedom, free enterprise, and traditional Ukrainian values.
The Maidan community is calling for a beginning of a large-scale dialog to form THE MAIDAN MEMORANDUM, which would serve as a roadmap to responsible lawmakers and the Government to implement those principles, and which could serve for citizens as an indicator for a progress in doing so, over the next half a decade.
The events of November and December 2004 have set new problems before Ukrainian society. Decision regarding those problems cannot be postponed. We inivte all insterested parties to comment on this article. Your input is much appreciated.