What is really at stake for Ukraine after the Dutch referendum?

Preliminary results from yesterday’s referendum in the Netherlands on the final ratification of an EU-Ukraine association agreement showed that nearly two thirds of participants said “no” to the deal. Many experts and observers were quick to express their doubts over the practical consequences of the plebiscite, due to its non-binding nature and the EU Council’s decision making rules with respect to foreign policy treaties. As … Read more…

SigmaBleyzer report on Ukraine’s macroeconomic situation in April 2015

We are re-publishing this report on Ukraine’s current economic situation as the numbers give an idea of the current economic difficulties in the country. The report was prepared by SigmaBleyzer private equity investment management firm & The Bleyzer Foundation in Kyiv and published by the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council. You can find all copyrights and author attributions below. This is a free and publicly accessible report and all rights belong … Read more…

Are oligarchic tensions set loose in Ukraine?

On 24 March the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dismissed the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region Ihor Kolomoisky. This action immediately sparked discussions and questions about what is the actual motivation of this choice and what its consequences may be for the strained stability of Ukraine. Actually, dismissing or appointing regional governors is a prerogative to the Ukrainian presidential institution and Poroshenko’s decision would not have … Read more…

Are we forgetting why it all started in Ukraine?

More than a year has passed since the dramatic events on the Maydan in Kiev. President Yanukovich was ousted by the crowd and the events that followed are now part of history. What still remains is an ongoing separatist crisis in Eastern Ukraine and a serious stand-off between the West and Russia. All media report daily on the situation of the frontline or the likelihood … Read more…