Cover Osteuropa 7/2005

In Osteuropa 7/2005

The European Idea Unites the Ukrainians

Oleh Rybačuk

Deutsche Fassung


The year 2004 will enter European history books as an important milestone in “the era of the great integration”. The European Union’s eastern expansion and the “Orange Revolution” in Ukraine are closely linked. With its peaceful revolution, Ukraine showed that it is an organic component of democratic Europe. The EU is called on not to make promises that it can’t fulfil but to offer Ukraine a clear perspective for EU accession so that the country can see through the tasks of Europeanization at home. Ukraine will reject no form of cooperation so long as it serves the strategic goal of full EU membership.

(Osteuropa 7/2005, pp. 117–122)