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The treaty could in this way enter into life even if one or another parliament in an EU country says No to ratification (Photo: thisisbossi)

EU-Ukraine association pact: avoiding ratification

Before the furore over Yulia Tymoshenko's bruises and Euro2012 Ukraine and the European Union initialed their Association Agreement on 30 March. It seemed like progress, albeit of a technical nature, with the hardest part of the job ahead.

Diplomatic sources say the the ink was put only on the political association part of the pact. Meanwhile, only the first and last pages of the "deep and comprehensive" free trade section were initialled because the two sides are still fine-tuning the ...

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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.

The treaty could in this way enter into life even if one or another parliament in an EU country says No to ratification (Photo: thisisbossi)

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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.

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