|Author (Person)||Wolczuk, Kataryna|
|Series Title||Expert Comment|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The Maidan protests gave the EU an unprecedented political mandate to spur change in Ukraine. It has been too cautious in using this status.
Ultimately reforms in Ukraine depend on the close political engagement of the EU institutions and officials. There is a strong demand from reformers for the EU to play a stronger role. They hope that the EU could become a powerful ‘watchdog’ because domestic political will remains in short supply and many state institutions the lack capacity and resources to function properly. But to do so, EU institutions and officials will need to step outside their comfort zone and engage more politically to induce change in Ukraine.
|Countries / Regions||Europe, Ukraine|