Ukraine and the EU: A Family Portrait
Last year, surveys showed a drop in popular support among Ukrainians for integration with the European Union. The incoherence of the EU's approach to Ukraine has pushed Ukraine to believe the European Union has lost interest in the country. Ukraine's leadership blames the EU for closing the door. The European Union, in turn, blames Ukrainian leaders for their lack of political will to reform and to act on promises made after the Orange Revolution.
Both parties need to work harder on their relationship. If the EU properly fills its role as a responsible actor in the Black Sea region, and if Ukraine's new leadership stabilizes its economic and political situation, the EU-Ukraine relationship might finally be based on mutual trust and attraction.