Cover Osteuropa 2-4/2010

In Osteuropa 2-4/2010

Turtles in the Twilight Zone
Politics in Ukraine and Change

Andrew Wilson

Deutsche Fassung


Ukraine is not a successful state. Nonetheless, verdicts to the effect that it is a “failed state” are off the mark. Crises characterise political and economic life. Far-reaching and quick reforms are necessary, but change occurs in slow motion. The key problem behind the political stagnation are the elites. The oligarchs’ position of power remains unbroken. But the structural problems of Ukraine, especially the economic ones, are forcing action.

(Osteuropa 2-4/2010, pp. 135–144)