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Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy by Rosa Balfour

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4 Reluctant engagement: EU foreign policy towards Ukraine

4.1 Introduction

Ukraine's importance to the EU is intertwined with its history of independence. Domestic developments have been influenced by its relations with the outside world and vice versa, and its oscillation between East and West has had a direct link with the human rights and democracy situation as much as with its position vis-à-vis the EU. Given the fluidity of Ukraine's recent history and the degree to which its importance to the EU was interlocked with domestic and exogenous developments, this chapter is organized in a historical fashion, and deals with developments within Ukraine as well as EU policy towards the country between 1991 and the end of 2010, dedicating special ...

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