EU and the Ukraine

The European Union is acting more like a super state and less like a union of independent states. It seems to be imposing its foreign policy on the whole of the Union and undertaking a diplomacy which seeks to suck in as many states as possible into its hegemony.

The EU’s policy and so called sanctions against a handful of Russian people and enterprises are evidence of this.

Just a year or so ago the European Union’s Parliament passed the following resolution:-

“The EU is concerned about the rising nationalistic sentiment in Ukraine, expressed in support for the Svoboda Party, which, as a result, is one of the two new parties to enter the Verkhovna Rada; recalls that racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic views go against the EU’s fundamental values and principles and therefore appeals to pro-democratic parties in the Verkhovna Rada not to associate with, endorse or form coalitions with this party.”

So, in December 2012 the EU felt that nationalism in Ukraine was a bad and dangerous thing. Clearly the nationalism of the Svoboda Party threatens those in Ukraine who are not Ukrainian nationalists, which people also comprise those Ukrainian citizens who speak Russian, which was, until the recent coup and official state language of the Ukraine.

One analyst, Richard North, writes:-

“The EU spent €389 million on Ukraine between 2011 and 2013, apportioning money to pressure groups such as ‘the Agency for Legislative Initiatives Citizens Association’, and ‘the All-Ukrainian Non-Governmental Organization Committee of Voters of Ukraine’. Some European taxpayer cash was also given to the ‘All-Crimean Association of Voters for Civil Peace and Interethnic Harmony’.

€389 million is a large sum. I have no idea why the organisations need such a large sum and doubtless there is no accounting as to how the money was spent. Obviously the EU cash was wasted. None of it seems to have promoted inter-ethnic harmony; the Ukrainians seem to be becoming more nationalistic and the indigenous Russians feel threatened and look for protection.

Today the EU supports sanctions as a means of preventing Russia from annexing Crimea (despite the clear will of the people there) and to encourage Russia against future annexations. Its policy of shoveling large amounts of EU taxpayers money (collecting mainly of Value Added Tax receipts) into agencies supposedly formed to promote peace has failed, and as a result it imposes sanctions on those who have stepped in to protect and ethnic minority. The ethnic protector is Russia.

The EU has now signed a treaty with the Ukraine. I wonder how much EU money will flow into the Ukraine as a result and whether any of that money will actually be spent on improving the lot of the Ukrainians and combating corruption.

Catherine Ashton,  is the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union. She is someone who has been elected to nothing during her life and was appointed not for her experience or knowledge of foreign affairs but because she was a European Commissioner appointed because she was a supporter of the Labour Party. I get the feeling that she does not know what she is doing . There is certainly no evidence of competence in this aspect of EU foreign policy.

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