Skip to comments.Sustaining Ukraine's breakthrough: EU expertise and markets are essential [Soros]
Posted on 02/27/2014 12:38:34 PM PST by annalex
Following a crescendo of terrifying violence, the Ukrainian uprising has had a surprisingly positive outcome. Contrary to all rational expectations, a group of citizens armed with not much more than sticks and shields made of cardboard boxes and metal garbage-can lids overwhelmed a police force firing live ammunition. There were many casualties, but the citizens prevailed. This was one of those historic moments that leave a lasting imprint on a society's collective memory.
I established the Renaissance Foundation in Ukraine in 1990 before the country achieved independence. The foundation did not participate in the recent uprising, but it did serve as a defender of those targeted by official repression. The foundation is now ready to support Ukrainians' strongly felt desire to establish resilient democratic institutions (above all, an independent and professional judiciary).
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I hope and trust that Europe under German leadership will rise to the occasion. I have been arguing for several years that Germany should accept the responsibilities and liabilities of its dominant position in Europe. Today, Ukraine needs a modern-day equivalent of the Marshall Plan, by which the United States helped to reconstruct Europe after the second world war. Germany ought to play the same role today as the US did then.
I must, however, end with a word of caution. The Marshall Plan did not include the Soviet bloc, thereby reinforcing the Cold War division of Europe. A replay of the Cold War would cause immense damage to both Russia and Europe, and most of all to Ukraine, which is situated between them. Ukraine depends on Russian gas, and it needs access to European markets for its products; it must have good relations with both sides.
Here, too, Germany should take the lead. Chancellor Angela Merkel must reach out to President Vladimir Putin to ensure that Russia is a partner, not an opponent, in the Ukrainian renaissance.
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I mourn for the people of Ukraine. They don't know what they've gotten themselves into.
Interesting here is that Germany is just assumed to have the responsibility for Central Europe. And for Greece. And for Spain...
Beware of anything Soros has his hands on.....or is funding...
I don't. They made a choice for the European civilization, and away from Putin's asiatism. Good for them. That there will be all kind of pressure of them, they probably knew. That there would be an economic benefit they also knew. They could do far worse than a German protectorate.
Soros has hands on every idealistic recent college graduate with a useless degree, in every country. This is just how things are.
Yeah, Spain, Greece, Hungary, and Cyprus know all about the economic benefits of being mired in the sodomite EU.
couldn’t be more dangerous to us all
Yes, but the Balt countries and Poland, closest to Ukraine culturally, did very well.
Besides, in Spain and Greece they problem was domestic; EU simply did not expect that they would end up so bad off.
“The foundation did not participate in the recent uprising, but it did serve as a defender of those targeted by official repression. The foundation is now ready to support Ukrainians’ strongly felt desire to establish resilient democratic institutions (above all, an independent and professional judiciary).”
In other words the Renaissance Foundation is ready to step
in and take over and ensure a more permanent communist
This uprising happened because the Renaissance Foundation
was not involved.
Soros v. Putin
You are right. I gather insights from what is happening in large part from Russian conservative blogs, that are neatly divided in two parts, supporting the Maidan and hoping for one on the Red Square one day, -- and supporting the Russian people inside Ukraine to various extents. Unfortunately the latter part is rapidly sliding to positions virtually indistinguishable from Sovietism.
You give Soros and his money too much significance.
It boils down at this point to whether Putin decides a Cold War II or not.
I sincerely hope that these Ukrainians have enough sense and enough morality to stay away from the likes of Soros.
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