Denis Horbach, analyst of information campaign “Stronger together”, explored the “resource curse” (when a country rich in natural resources is often economically undeveloped, corrupted and socially unequal, with authoritarian regime in power and an increased risk of armed conflict) and gave examples of how individual countries and the international community try to fight against this curse and which measures Ukraine should take in order to avoid the fate of many other unsuccessful countries.

According to ICPS economic expert Vasyl Povoroznyk, the EU made significant concessions to Ukraine by agreeing to delay the implementation of a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement by 31 December 2015, that is, the EU allowed for an asymetrical trade regime.

According to the experts of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting the real GDP of Ukraine is expected to decline by 8.2% in 2015 and will grow at 1.6% in 2016.

According to a study, conducted by the Razumkov Centre from 6 to 12 March 2015, most (47.7%) Ukrainians think that relations with the EU should be the main foreign policy priority.

This issue contains articles and interviews of the Razumkov Centre’s experts, dealing with most topical issues in Ukraine’s current affairs. In particular – domestic politics, security sector, the situation in the Ukrainian economy and energy sector.

Survey of Ukrainian experts, politicians, journalists, public officials and community leaders, conducted by the Institute of World Politics in the framework of a major project of the Association for International Affairs (Czech Republic) showed: during five years of the Eastern Partnership, doubts and fears of Ukrainian experts and diplomats did not vanish, they transformed into clear requirements for its reform.

Since the outbreak of war in Eastern Ukraine, a complete failure of evacuation from the social institutions, located in the conflict zone, happened and no one was brought to justice – says in the new analysis of the Kharkiv Institute for Social Research (KHiSR).

Ukrainian leaders need to stop the political rhetoric of Europeanness and move to practical steps in political, security, trade and economical spheres, as well as sectoral or humanitarian cooperation, believe experts of the International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS)

Survey of Ukrainian enterprises conducted by the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting in early 2015 in the framework of the project “Business Surveys”, shows that producers evaluate the business climate in the country and their own financial and economic situation worse than in the previous quarter.