On November 17 EU member states moved a step closer to giving Ukraine visa-free access after EU ambassadors gave the European Council a mandate to work with the European Parliament on a procedural mechanism.  (more…)

Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about what low oil prices have meant historically, the effect oil and gas wealth has on societies and how the falling oil price is good news for Ukraine.

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Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes that Ukraine accomplished many important economic reforms in 2015 and describes seven key reforms for the country in 2016, for example reform of the prosecution and courts and completing the energy reform.

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Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about what has happened since the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych and the many reforms that have been carried out. Thanks to these reforms, the economy seems to have stabilized and the inflation is falling. The critical hurdle is the adoption of a new tax system and budget for 2016, for which the government has failed to mobilize sufficient parliamentary support.

Article by Anders Åslund

Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about the Russian proposal to restructure the $3 billion Eurobond lent to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych as well as how Putin has changed the G-20 agenda from being dominated by Ukraine to having been taken over by Syria.

Article by Anders Åslund

Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about Ukraines need to privatize failing state-owned enterprises and how it will reduce corruption and save money.

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An in-depth article on the Ukrainian gas market, its corruption and the need for de-monopolisation has been published by The Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW).

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Anders Åslund writes about the war in Donbas and the costs it imposes on Ukraine. The economic and humanitarian situation in the Donbas is terrible. Ukraine cannot afford to pay large amounts of public expenses to a territory that it does not control and where it cannot collect taxes. Rebels have looted banks and ATM machines, Ukrainian citizens have to collect their pensions on territory controlled by the Ukrainian government.

Here’s Why Moscow Doesn’t Want the Donbas But Continues to Meddle There Anyway

BY ANDERS ÅSLUND

December 9, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk laid out one of the boldest and most impressive reform agendas that Ukraine has seen in its recent history. Yatsenyuk offered nearly everything a reformer could have asked for, and backed it up with a strong narrative to appeal Ukrainians. He presented Europe as the anchor, aim, and means of Ukraine’s reforms: “Our basic course is a European course…. Our final aim is Ukraine’s membership of the European Union. But to achieve that goal it is necessary to go through a serious test, to carry out radical changes and to make Ukraine European.”

Read the full commentary by Ander Åslund here

Meanwhile EU’s member states voted in the European elections, Presidential elections were held in Ukraine. As it became clear that the victory will go to Petro Poroshenko, many Ukrainians felt relieved. No second round was then to be expected. (more…)

27 May, 2014
11:30till13:00
Thomas Gür, rådgivare åt Jarl Hjalmarson Stiftelsen och David Kramer, chef för Freedom House

Thomas Gür, Senior advisor to the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and David Kramer, President of Freedom House

Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a lunch seminar, May 27, on the developments in Ukraine with David J. Kramer, President of Freedom House.

Watch the seminar online