Ukraine has new institutions and a vibrant civil society, but a culture of corruption erodes state legitimacy. The state has been captured by enemies within.
To make progress on stamping out corruption, Ukraine requires targeted reform of the powerful institutions that perpetuate corrupt practices, particularly the justice system.
Ukraine’s reformers have largely ignored the key issue of the separation of powers. The EU should help put this important priority back on the agenda.
The EU needs to step up its support for Ukraine’s still-fragile democracy, focusing on the three areas of conditionality, decentralization, and engagement with civil society.
Extensive reform efforts are under way across Ukraine. Yet the country will not stabilize its finances until it addresses what both investors and ordinary citizens care about most—corruption.
The biggest challenges facing Ukraine are its long-standing, systemic failures—a corrupt government and a political system dominated by big business.
Ukraine is trying, once again, to become a functioning democracy. Yet the war in Donbas, the slow pace of reforms, and the economic crisis are all impeding democratic consolidation.
Ukraine is undertaking an ambitious reform package. Yet the enduring influence of oligarchs, the challenge of corruption, and the slow economic recovery could seriously undermine the viability and sustainability of any progress.
Ukraine faces monumental challenges as it strives to build a transparent and accountable system of governance. How can the EU support the country’s constitutional reform and democratic institution building?
Ukraine held local elections and made modest reform progress, while the economy improved slowly. But there are renewed concerns about the ceasefire in the east.