By Pawel Swieboda
MARCH 18, 2014

It’s not a secret that Ukraine’s aspirations to have closer economic and political ties with the West — and with the European Union in particular — are at the center of its current face-off with Russia. But developing those ties is much easier said than done. In its present state, no one would mistake Ukraine for a European country. Its economy and its political institutions have hardly progressed since 1991, the year the country broke away from the Soviet Union.

Ukraine is fortunate that Poland — a neighbor that successfully managed a similar transition after winning independence from Moscow after the communist period — has shown extraordinary interest in Ukraine’s integration into Europe. Ukraine’s European future will largely depend on the special relationship that has quietly developed between Kiev and Warsaw.


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