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EU-Ukraine talks overshadowed by Tymoshenko trial | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 18.12.2011

Monday's EU-Ukraine summit looks set to be derailed by the EU's dismay at the treatment of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. The former prime minister was convicted of abuse of power in a trial that was condemned internationally as politically motivated.

The trial removed President Viktor Yanukovych's main rival off the political stage.

Monday's summit marks the culmination of four years of negotiations and Yanukovych insists he expects the talks to be a success.

"We are geared up for the signing of the agreement for an association with the European Union that recognizes Ukraine's right to become a full-fledged member of the European community," he said on Friday.

Yet it would be something close to a miracle if the summit did indeed make any significant progress towards an association agreement, intended as a broad framework encompassing a free trade deal with the EU.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 12:03:06 PM EST
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