European values and Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, Brussels, June 22, 2017

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, Brussels, June 22, 2017 

Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov

The new French president, Emmanuel Macron, in his interview with leading world media, has clearly outlined his vision for the European Union. It is a union of values and not a supermarket, he said. For the first time in many years, these words were clearly voiced by the leader of one of the leading countries on the continent.

It is no secret that many Ukrainians concur with this position towards the European Union — an attitude that is often even more intuitive than conscious. The people who came out on Maidan demonstrated not simply for the association with the European Union. They demonstrated for the values of the European Union. For those values that stand for justice and solidarity.

This is why those European politicians who adhere to such values find it is so strange to observe the current behavior exhibited by some of the elites and societies in the countries of Central Europe — our neighbors. Emmanuel Macron cites the prominent Polish politician and dissident Bronislaw Geremek, who told his young French colleague: “You cannot even imagine how much you owe us.” Geremek, naturally, spoke of  principles, not money. He spoke of the dividing lines that arose in Europe after the Second World War, when the part of the continent that was liberated from Hitler was turned over to the actual rule of a regime no less disgusting than Hitler’s. This is why Macron has been so surprised by the actual rejection of principles coupled with the desire to receive money. This is probably why people in Warsaw or Budapest they are so offended by the French leader.

Europe should not simply be used

For Ukraine these words by the French president represent a program for the future. If we want a successful European integration, we must first think of principles, about European solidarity. Europeans do not even realize how much they owe us. But in order for such an idea to emerge, we must become a part of the Europe of values and not the loan-consuming Europe. We must remember what Europe went through on the difficult path to unity. But we must also reiterate that Ukraine was part of the “bloodlands,” to use the accurate designation by historian Timothy Snyder, and that it sacrificed no less.

After the current disillusionment by European leaders over what Macron calls the “betrayal” by neighbors on the continent, we must not give reason to suspect us of commonplace consumption. Ukrainians have suffered too much to want simply to take advantage of Europe. No, we must become the real Europe — not in the geographical sense, but in the sense of values. That will be the secret of Ukraine’s civilizational success.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Radio Svoboda

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  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Timothy Snyder, the esteemed historian from Yale University and international expert on Eastern European affairs recently described Putin’s meddling in EU politics as a direct attempt to undermine and sow disunity among member states of the European community which he considered as a mortal enemy of Russia. However, it has become more than apparent that the diminutive dwarf’s efforts have backfired. Angela Merkel of Germany (an opponent of Putin) appears to be headed for reelection in Germany, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (another opponent of Putin) won reelection in 2017 but the recent victories of the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and his Party came as a devastating blow to the Russian dictator. In fact, Putin who had provided covert financial support to the fascist Marine Le Pen and her National Front Party, recently tried to make amends with Macron during a visit to Paris but was instead met with a stern lecture (along with the threat of increased sanctions) from the French President concerning his unjustified aggression in Ukraine and his constant meddling in European affairs. On top of that, European sanctions against Russia have been formally extended to 2018 along with another black eye for the Pederast. A just dessert or would Monsieur Putin prefer some more rotten cabbage?

  • zorbatheturk

    Nobody in Europe is interested in any RuSSian or Putinistic BS.

    • Mick Servian

      Yeah that’s why the Dutch voted against your association. WHAT? Lol
      And given a choice so would the German, French, Italian, Spanish etc people. Yeah they really care about having you there.
      The British have come to love those Polish people they owe so much to, that they are giving them free money. And not bitching about it every day in the newspapers.
      And if the USsr was as bad as Hitlers regime. Shouldn’t Russians get the most thanks? Not only did they lose the most against the Nazis. They sacrificed the most during the soviet era too.

      • zorbatheturk

        Farkov.

        • Mick Servian

          Can’t handle the truth. Lol
          But obviously can handle ass. Lol

          • zorbatheturk

            Bogovsky.

          • Mick Servian

            I don’t speak ” bigot racist”
            Sorry

          • zorbatheturk

            Suck a ratsky.