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Friday links: The contrast between the Eastern enlargement and Ukraine’s decision on the AA: some excellent commentaries

Some excellent commentaries on Ukraine, setting the decision not to sign the AA with the EU in a broader context

James Sherr on Yanukovich’s motivation in the context of the political system that he has built in the last few years in the Ukraine. The most insightful piece I have read so far. Favourite quote: “Since his election in 2010 he has built a personalized and predatory system that penalizes entrepreneurship, disenfranchises talent and seizes the assets of the defiant and vulnerable. No greater contrast can be imagined with the Central European countries that secured admission to the EU in three enlargements.”

…and Anders Aslund on Ukraine’s impending collapse. Powerful and worrying.

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