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CDU wants stop to EU talks with Ukraine

The Local · 12 Oct 2011, 08:50

Published: 12 Oct 2011 08:50 GMT+02:00

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“The negotiations for an association agreement between the EU and Ukraine cannot simply be carried on as if the conviction never happened,” Polenz told the Rheinische Post newspaper. He said the trial had shattered faith in Ukraine’s legal system.

Polenz said Tymoshenko’s trial had given the impression of being about political retribution from its beginning. “The conviction removes the most popular opposition politician from public life,” Polenz said. “The EU can’t ignore that.”

Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison on Tuesday for abuse of office. She is alleged to have signed an unfavourable gas agreement with Russia in 2009.

Georg Schirmbeck, Eastern Europe specialist in Germany’s governing Christian Democratic Union, called the verdict a regression to barbarism. “The association agreement that was planned can only come about if the Kiev government respects principles of international law,” he told Wednesday’s edition of the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper.

He also called on European leaders not to sit next to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, or any member of his government, in the stadiums at next year’s football European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. “The leaders and heads of state can cheer on their teams in Poland just as well,” he said.

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10:56 October 12, 2011 by nolibs
Honestly, what does the Ukraine have to offer the EU or Germany? The EU already has plenty of cheap labor in the former Eastern Block countries. Plus, they can't afford to transfer any more wealth from those you work hard and produce (Germany) to those who don't (Spain, Portugal, Greece, etc.)

Although I'm not sure if I agree with the sentence, it sounds like European politicians are actually scared that this may start a trend...being held accountable for questionable decisions and agreements. Too bad we couldn't send Schröder to prison for his agreements with Russia.
16:21 October 12, 2011 by storymann
The fact that she did not personally benefit from the Russia /Ukraine gas deal, makes this political rather than a criminal matter.
19:57 October 12, 2011 by Englishted
If your team is playing in the Ukraine how can this work?

¦quot;The leaders and heads of state can cheer on their teams in Poland just as well,¦quot; he said.

You can cheer them on from anywhere but hey may not hear you.
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