Lviv Opinion

Андрій НОВАК: «Дефолт — це не трагедія»

Issue 116, October 2018.
Економіст, екс-радник двох прем’єр-міністрів України Андрій Новак про загрозу дефолту, монетарну політику та перспективи української економіки

Russia still overshadowing Ukraine in the heart of the European Union

Issue 116, October 2018.
Ukraine cannot take continued EU attention for granted as Russia reasserts itself in Brussels

Ukrainian comic book superheroes join the hybrid war against Russia

Issue 116, October 2018.
The creators of “The Will” comic book franchise hope to create an inspirational and entertaining Ukrainian alternative to the cultural imperialism of Vladimir Putin’s “Russian World”

Building Brand Ukraine

Issue 115, September 2018.
How should Ukraine seek to brand itself before international audiences? The New Europe Center and the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter assembled distinguished state officials, academics, diaspora and civil society leaders at the Hyatt Kyiv in summer 2018 to share insights and experience from the Israeli state-building project and discuss how the lessons of Israel might be applicable to modern Ukraine.

What does the EU mean to ordinary Ukrainians?

Issue 115, September 2018.
While conducting a series of regional visits earlier this year, we at the New Europe Center think tank noticed that European integration as imagined by the Kyiv political class is somewhat out of step with the perceptions of ordinary Ukrainians outside the capital. What does the EU really mean to the Ukrainian public? To be able to gain a clearer picture of these attitudes, we decided to involve polling company GfK Ukraine, with the support of USAID/ENGAGE and PACT.

Russia still overshadowing Ukraine in the heart of the European Union

Issue 115, September 2018.
A new political season is now underway in Brussels but Ukraine will have its work cut out remaining high on the EU agenda as we head towards the end of the year. Thoughts in the European capital are already turning towards upcoming elections to the European Parliament in May 2019, meaning a lull in lobbying as the focus shifts to campaigning.

Memo to international community: Ukraine is awkward – get used to it

Issue 114, July 2018.
As Ukrainians prepare to celebrate the twenty-seventh anniversary of the country’s independence, there is no escaping the fact that independent Ukraine has become an extremely awkward actor in the world of international relations. It is simply too big, too strategically important, too unknown and too unexpected to fit into most people’s perceptions of modern Europe. Almost nobody saw independent Ukraine coming back in 1991, and there remains a sense that nobody knows quite what to do with the country. This uncertainty leaves Ukraine stuck firmly in geopolitical no man’s land. The country currently finds itself in an unenviable position, locked in an undeclared war with Russia while being denied any hope of a roadmap towards future European Union or NATO membership. As each year passes, this failure to address the international implications of Ukrainian independence in an adequate manner is becoming more and more costly for all concerned.

Local optimism vs national pessimism

Issue 113, June 2018.
Ukrainian politicians must make the case that decentralization is more than a local success story In today’s Ukraine, pessimism at the national level is a well-established phenomenon and one that often obscures the very real progress that is taking place at the local level. In fact, since 2015 the local picture has often been strikingly optimistic across Ukraine, at least according to polling data compiled by the International Republican Institute (IRI).

Carpathian cooperation can help Ukraine attract Romanian tourists

Issue 113, June 2018.
Poor connections and low profile mean relatively few Romanians currently visit Ukraine despite close proximity

Ivana Kupala Day 2018 – Ukraine’s Newest (and Oldest) Holiday

Issue 113, June 2018.
As Ukraine continues its quest to redefine Ukrainian culture, some traditional holidays have taken on more importance. Take, for example, Ivana Kupala Day – the Ukrainian celebration of summer solstice. Celebrated for centuries in Ukraine, the event has seen a revival in recent years. Leopolitans take pride in protecting traditional Ukrainian legacies, so it’s no surprise that the Western Ukrainian capital is one of the best places to celebrate the holiday. Among the country’s most picture-ready cultural festivals, you’ll want to have camera-in-hand on 6-8 July as you check out one of Ukraine’s most unique and folksy festivals.