Changes in the foreign policy orientations of Ukrainians after the Euromaidan


Maria Zolkina and Olexiy Haran, political analysts of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, analysed changes in the foreign policy orientations of Ukrainians after the Euromaidan in their article for BlogActiv.

Changes in the foreign policy attitudes of Ukrainians over the period 2014–2016 represent one of the most significant transformations in public opinion in recent years. They are characterised by changes in both quantitative and qualitative indicators evident nationally as well as at the regional level.

Regarding European integration, one can speak of the disappearance of the polarity in integration priorities. The choice between Ukraine joining the EU or joining the Customs Union no longer divides society. As of May 2017, proponents of joining the Customs Union in Ukrainian society amounted to a mere 11 percent.

At the same time, fluctuation in support for (hypothetical) accession to the EU ended up at 49 percent (in May 2013 it was 42 percent). Basically, this suggests that the maximum possible level of conscious support for Euro-integration given today’s realities has been reached. Any additional growth seems possible only with the emergence of new circumstances, either domestic or foreign, including positive developments in bilateral relations with the EU.

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