Speakers of the XI Conference of the USPS on changes in Ukraine are Artūras Zuokas, Krzysztof Stanowski, Andrew Wilson, Joris Voorhoeve, David Pratt, Rebecca Harms

On November 25-26, the Ukrainian School of Political Studies marked its eleventh anniversary within the Annual Conference, held in the Mystetskyi Arsenal.

Over the course of two days, the event was attended by about 300 participants and 100 guests, including teachers and partners of the School, as well as representatives of foreign diplomatic missions.

At the end of the conference, the speakers gave their exclusive comments to the media partners of the event such as Novoye Vremya, Ukrayinska Pravda, and Radio Liberty.

Artūras Zuokas, former Mayor of Vilnius:

While the 19th century was the century of imperial states and the 20th century was the century of national state, then the 21st century is the age of cities. That is, today cities compete but not countries.
I see how cities can influence the development of a country and its economy as a whole. City authorities can work much more efficiently and faster than national authorities.

Read more – The Former Mayor of Vilnius: City Administration is Service, While Businesses Create Jobs

Krzysztof Stanowski, President of the International Solidarity Fund:

Crimea is Ukraine, and this is a Ukrainian issue. One needs to be prepared when a good moment comes for this. From time to time, there comes a moment when you can change something.

Read more – Ukraine Should be Prepared to Return Crimea – Polish dissident Stanowski

Andrew Wilson, Professor of Ukrainian Studies at University College London:

I would say that the situation revealed that the EU is somewhere between bureaucracy and insincerity.
The political picture in the world is changing now: the US election, Brexit in the UK, and soon elections in Italy. In addition, in the coming years there will be very difficult and challenging elections in France and Germany. 2016 was very difficult.
Maybe everything went nuts after David Bowie’s death?

Read more – Between Bureaucracy and Insincerity. An expert from London on relations between Ukraine and the EU

You can also read the comments of Andrew Wilson on visa-free travel for Ukraine, which he gave in an interview to Radio Liberty – The EU’s Delay of Visa-Free Travel for Ukraine is a Mistake

Joris Voorhoeve, former Minister of Defense of the Netherlands:

My main point is that such referendums are usually not democratic. Because in a democratic society, the government has to take 150 decisions at the same time and they are all related to each other. If you omit even one of these 150 issues, it simply means destroying the entire unity. Therefore, I think it’s unethical and unconstitutional to act on the results of this referendum, whatever they may be. It is irresponsible.

Read more – It was a Fake Referendum. Ex-Defense Minister of the Netherlands Explains why the Dutch Voted against European Integration of Ukraine

David Pratt, Former Minister of National Defense of Canada:

I cannot speak for all other NATO members, for all countries, but I know that many states that are members of this organization are very concerned about what happened in Crimea and Donbas. I hope that Canada will take a tough stance concerning sanctions against Russia. Moreover, we will insist that it is inadmissible to weaken these sanctions, and we will discourage other governments and other parties from this.

Read more – The Whole World is Waiting for what Trump is Going to do. Ex-Minister of National Defense of Canada on the coming era of instability

Rebecca Harms, Member of the European Parliament:

Ukraine must raise this issue in the Council of Europe. And all of us, members of the European Parliament, at least the majority, believe that Ukraine has fulfilled all the conditions and, consequently, has to receive some kind of a response. We believe that Ukraine deserves it – such a response would be visa-free travel for Ukraine.

Read more – Strange Irresponsibility. MEP Rebecca Harms on why Ukraine has not yet been granted visa-free travel.

Photo: Oleksandr Kovalenko

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