On 28 October 2012, Ukrainians elected a new parliament in a poll that is widely considered to be yet another sign of a reversal of democracy in one of the EU’s most important neighboring countries. While the electoral process was indeed subject to a number of irregularities, the dominant interpretations in Brussels and other EU capitals in the EU with regard to these elections are, however, highly misleading. Concentrating on the imprisonment of the former prime minister, Yulia Tymoche...

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