Building Awareness about the EU in Ukraine

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Series Details No. 73 (668), May 2014
Publication Date May 2014
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Euromaidan and the prolonged crisis in eastern Ukraine have led to an increase in support for the EU among Ukrainians and have shown how dangerous it was for the EU and Ukrainian authorities to neglect an information campaign. For 23 years, the independent state has paid no attention to the role of dialogue inside the country. A significant part of the population of eastern Ukraine believe their countrymen from the western part are fascists, and that the European Union could be a threat to their own traditions and beliefs. At the same time, Russian propaganda, although based on incorrect messages, is very effective. Therefore, an information campaign coming from the EU, but organised in cooperation with Ukrainian partners, can now play an important role.

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