The Institute of World Policy published an article by Ioannis Karras, Assistant Professor of History Freiburg University, Visiting Lecturer International Hellenic University Thessaloniki:

So, I was asked to say a few words about what Ukraine needs to do in order to become a part of the European Union. And before I continue, I’d like to say that it’s slightly absurd for me to be telling Ukrainians what to do. But I think, it is an important question actually to ask “Why?” Because there is a whole practical side to joining the European Union, the things that every country needs to do: the Acquis communautaire, the Copenhagen criteria… But there is also philosophical side and the philosophical side is very important. Because if you don’t know why you are doing it, then what is important about it?

The Institute of World Policy published an article by Marie Mendras, Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, German Marshall Fund (Washington, D.C), Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs:

It’s now been 2 years since Russia annexed Crimea and so far the Ukrainian government has been doing pretty well in keeping the country afloat. Things are not easy, it’s clear that Donbas is not pacified, that Russian militaries are still there but the Ukrainian government is working.

And I guess for European governments and for the European Union what the most important now is to see new political and economic resolve here in Kyiv, to engage more actively with state reforms and economic reforms.

The “Europe Without Barriers” civic organization presented the results of the project realized in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration with the support of the European Commission.

The analytical report contains the regional gaps analysis of the institutional migration management capacities in Ukraine. Alongside, the analytical report includes recommendations for relevant bodies of state authorities in Ukraine concerning gaps in the migration policy of Ukraine and recommendations on how to overcome them.

The Institute of World Policy presented infographics on “What is EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and what will the Netherlands gain with it?” The Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine is an international treaty, which includes trade (“Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement”, or DCFTA) and political provision. Association Agreement is win-win process, leading to more trade, more jobs, and lower prices.

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On the 10th of March 2016 Europe without Barriers NGO presented public ranking of 18 EU countries, which are the most and least effective in implementing the Visa Facilitation Agreement between the European Community and Ukraine, as wells as the EU Visa Code. Consular practices of Schengen countries were characterized as “friendly”, “neutral” or “contradictory”. This was based on the survey of Ukrainian citizens on the following criteria: the fastest and slowest consideration of visa applications, issuing most / least amount of long-term and multiple-entry visas, fastest and slowest collection of biometric data, requirements of additional documents. According to the survey:

The Institute of World Policy presented comprehensive talking points in debate about the Association Agreement (AA) with Ukraine. The Institute recommends emphasizing that the AA between Ukraine and the EU is, on the first place, a democratic choice of the citizens of Ukraine and is primarily aimed at internal reforms in Ukraine targeting development of trade, fighting corruption, stability, protection of human rights and cooperation with the EU. The AA does not provide the EU membership perspective for Ukraine, and application for membership is not a part of Ukraine’s agenda. It is worth explaining that adopting “European values” means more democracy, human rights, rule of law etc.

According to Veronika Movchan, Director of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting, the reasons for the trade turnover decline are mutual sanctions and market closures. Movchan predicts that the decline trend in trade turnover will continue in 2016. In the medium term, Ukraine may completely abandon trade relations with Russia.

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The Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels joined #FreeSavchenko campaign through signing the open letter to European leaders calling for facilitating an immediate release of Nadiya Savchenko. Join us!

The Razumkov Centre released the latest newsletter of 4 March 2016. It presents new analytics from Razumkov Centre’s experts on topical issues related to Ukrainian domestic policy, Ukraine’s economy and energy system.

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Ivan Medvinskyi, expert of the Institute of World Policy, published a new article “Issue of Ukraine in the U.S. Presidential Race: Positions of Main Candidates”.

Ivan Madvinskyi notes that current leadership in the White House has a mixed record of addressing security challenges emanating from Russia, Middle East, and beyond. Obama’s administration has less than a year in office and little is expected to change in its position toward Europe and Ukraine. Thus, all the glances are turned toward the presidential hopefuls from both Republican and Democratic camps. For them, Russian aggression in Ukraine is a real test of the foreign policy aptitude. From Ukrainian perspective, not all candidates have passed.