Relations between the EU and Ukraine are at an impasse. …
Relations between the EU and Ukraine are at an impasse.
The last two years have been dominated by rows over the
selective prosecution of regime opponents, in particular the
conviction of former Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko
in October 2011, and an accelerating trend towards a more
authoritarian and corrupt style of rule in Ukraine. Attention
has now turned to the parliamentary elections held on 28
October 2012 as a different test of Ukraine’s democratic
bona fides. The opposition rightly feels aggrieved that the
authorities have denied them a possible victory. There
was some direct fraud, particularly in the new territorial
constituencies.1 But in general the authorities sought to
rig the election by other methods such as the covert use of
“political technology” and a change in the voting system
that the opposition ironically agreed to back in 2011.
Paradoxically, this meant that in many ways the election
was more competitive than expected – but only because the
authorities were confident they would win.