The Ukrainian opposition is not ready for elections
This interview was first published in Le Temps in French.
Michael Leigh , a senior advisor at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels , analyzes the latest developments.
Is Ukraine moving towards the end of the crisis?
I am afraid that the authorities may try to crush the protest movement, thinking that the world’s attention will be distracted in the coming days by the Sochi Olympic Games. They may declare a state of emergency and bring additional troops to clear the Maidan. Western leaders should make clear that this would exacerbate the crisis and be unacceptable.
Would early parliamentary elections, as suggested in Kiev on Tuesday, be a step
It is important that the country prepare to hold democratic elections. The presidential election is scheduled for 2015. It needs to be free and fair.
But we are talking about early elections ...
Ukraine is not ready for elections. More time is needed for leaders to emerge who offer alternative visions for the country's future. Those who are most visible today are not sufficiently prepared to assume this responsibility. There is no plan for the moment, as far as I am aware, to hold early parliamentary elections.
What do the incessant visits to Kyiv by the Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle achieve?
The European Union is giving a clear message to the regime that human rights violations must not be tolerated. The EU is also delivering a message of hope to the Ukrainian people and confirming that the EU stands by their side. The draft Association Agreement is still on the table.
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