Ukraine considers gambling ban to protect poor families

The proposed laws could yet fall victim to the long-running YushchenkoTymoshenko rivalry. The president said that he favoured removing gambling from residential neighbourhoods, but hinted he might veto...
11:39, 19 May 2009
Ukraine considers gambling ban to protect poor families

Gas billionaire claims fraud over lost unit

A new row erupted yesterday in the murky east European gas trade when Dmitry Firtash, the Ukrainian gas billionaire, claimed he had lost control of a key subsidiary through the fraudulent actions of...
11:25, 08 May 2009
Gas billionaire claims fraud over lost unit

EU launches new Eastern Partnership

The partnership offers carrots to encourage political and economic reforms, but it is not a stepping stone to eventual EU membership... It brings the six (CIS) states closer to the value system of the EU and offers them something like a customs union...
17:11, 06 May 2009
EU launches new Eastern Partnership

Ukraine's road to 2012 remains rocky

These are a big few days for Ukrainian football. On Thursday, they will find out who will be their first representatives in a European final for 23 years, as Shakhtar Donetsk host Dynamo Kyiv in the second leg of their Uefa Cup semi-final...
16:42, 05 May 2009
Ukraine's road to 2012 remains rocky

Ukraine Macroeconomic Situation - April 2009

Macroeconomic conditions remain difficult in Ukraine, as most sectors reported substantial declines in economic activities in the first two months of 2009... Banking sector weaknesses are currently seen as the main vulnerability...
12:33, 05 May 2009
Ukraine Macroeconomic Situation - April 2009

EU-Ukraine gas deal is no pipe dream

One could have been forgiven for suspecting that this month`s deal for the European Union to help reform Ukraine`s gas market was just more political window dressing. It is true that the scale of the incompetence...
18:07, 23 April 2009
EU-Ukraine gas deal is no pipe dream

Orange progress is going to waste

Ukraine`s constitutional set-up has left its politicians semi-paralysed in the face of the economic crisis. Why is it that Ukraine has become one of the worst casualties of the global economic recession?
10:38, 23 April 2009
Orange progress is going to waste

Bringing Ukraine into the European Club

European countries and international organizations trying to assist Ukraine have often been confused about which leader they should be dealing with in Kyiv... A prolonged three-sided struggle for power lead to a series of serious political crises...
14:03, 21 April 2009
Bringing Ukraine into the European Club

Ukraine's environmental crisis

Late last year, a tire repair factory in the Donetsk area of eastern Ukraine decided to bury smoking rubber waste in the ground not far from its building. The stench lingered in the air, drifting out over nearby villages...
12:43, 21 April 2009
Ukraine's environmental crisis

Tymoshenko bypasses parliament for IMF loan

Yulia Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian prime minister, said her government had unilaterally adopted initiatives needed to unlock an International Monetary Fund loan for her recession-battered country after MPs failed to...
11:21, 15 April 2009
Tymoshenko bypasses parliament for IMF loan

The EU's Invisible 'Schengen Wall'

If the Schengen scheme fosters a sense of unity within the bloc, the feeling outside is one of painful exclusion. The EU`s "Schengen Wall" divides the continent without regard to the motives, intentions, or dreams of those outside the bloc...
17:30, 13 April 2009
The EU's Invisible 'Schengen Wall'

Ukraine's dangerous game

Tymoshenko isn`t complaining. "You are never popular when you ask a sick person to undergo surgery," she says. "But what has to be done, has to be done. Cooperating with the IMF requires a serious budget policy for any country...
13:06, 10 April 2009
Ukraine's dangerous game

Russian “National Identity” and the Ukraine-EU Pipeline Deal

Ukraine`s gas pipeline deal with the EU on March 23 led to an avalanche of Russian outrage that had less to do with the agreement, but exposed the Kremlin`s use of Russian national identity...
10:09, 09 April 2009
Russian “National Identity” and the Ukraine-EU Pipeline Deal

Ukrainian tourists robbed at the Switzerland-based Lindner Alpentherme

Leukerbad’s most respectable health spa center Lindner turned out to be really popular not only among Ukrainian tourists, but also all kinds of con-men...
14:10, 08 April 2009
Ukrainian tourists robbed at the Switzerland-based Lindner Alpentherme

Analysis: Crisis may lead to new world order

The men and women called together in London by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to counter an economic slump are politicians -- just at a time when the world`s electorates are demonstrating their lack...
15:16, 02 April 2009
Analysis: Crisis may lead to new world order

EU presidency: US stimulus is 'the road to hell'

The head of the European Union slammed President Barack Obama`s plan to spend nearly $2 trillion to push the U.S. economy out of recession as "the road to hell" that EU governments must avoid...
11:53, 27 March 2009
EU presidency: US stimulus is 'the road to hell'

Tremors will be felt beyond Czech borders

The Czech Republic is, like the rest of Europe, being bitten by the global economic crisis - but that is not why its government was unseated in a confidence vote on Tuesday. It may be tempting for foreign editors...
11:25, 27 March 2009
Tremors will be felt beyond Czech borders

Ukraine: The Next Iceland?

The situation does look pretty bad. Ukraine’s chronic political stalemate has run into the buzz saw of a global economic recession. Then add to the mix an obstreperous Russia, eager to flex its muscles – as...
11:07, 25 March 2009
Ukraine: The Next Iceland?

The Breadbasket Becomes the Basket Case

Five years later, the promises of the Orange Revolution are ringing very hollow. Democracy is certainly flourishing—but instead of bringing stability and prosperity, the Orange revolutionaries and...
17:45, 16 March 2009
The Breadbasket Becomes the Basket Case

Will US-China relations sink or swim?

A hosepipe fight between US and Chinese sailors in the South China Sea has put a temporary dampener on the feelgood glow created by secretary of state Hillary Clinton`s recent Beijing visit...
11:49, 11 March 2009
Will US-China relations sink or swim?
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