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A quarter of a million people came out on the streets in 2004 in the Orange Revolution (Photo: mattlemmon)

Is Ukrainian democracy really dead?

As the EU fetes the new government of Ukraine in a string of diplomatic encounters, there is one question on the lips of the EU side that no one has the nerve to ask: is Ukraine still a democracy and does it really aspire to European values?

In view of recent events it would be easy to believe that the spirit that inspired 98 percent of the population to vote for an independent and democratic Ukraine in 1990, and the hope that again inspired 250,000 people to flood Independence Square ...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

A quarter of a million people came out on the streets in 2004 in the Orange Revolution (Photo: mattlemmon)

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Author Bio

Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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