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Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy by Rosa Balfour

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6 Implementing human rights and democracy: elections in Ukraine and the Orange Revolution

6.1 Introduction

The presidential elections of 2004 were widely seen as a ‘make or break’ test for Ukraine's international alignment between Russia and the West, rekindling Cold War-type interpretations of a struggle for mastery over Ukraine. As The Economist put it, among the many consensual commentators, ‘Ukraine's [vote] will help map out not only the future shape of Europe but also the relations between the West and another, colder East: Russia, and its former dominions.’145 For Russia, the fate of Ukraine was considered crucial in the context of its policy of consolidating its influence in the ‘near abroad’, and the electoral test exemplified ...

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