The main point of departure for this observational material is represented by a desire to test the following hypothesis: in order to be theoretically solid, structurally stable and operationally viable, the special case of the EU-Ukraine integration needs to portray a synergised two-way traffic.
Coming naturally from the aforementioned claim, the data-gathering chapters (theoretical, structural, and operational) will be methodologically supported by discourse analysis and process tracing, considering the report’s pluralistic qualitative outlook. Historically, there is no better time to address the issue of multiple inconsistencies in regards of the EU-Ukraine interactions. With the ongoing ‘revolution of governance’ in Ukraine and the upcoming new European Commission in the EU, the two sides have already got a particular ‘homework’ to be completed to get on a higher level of interrelations.
Arguably, the duo is currently facing a range of certain challenges, and many of those are common for the two partners. In such a context, paradoxically, it is where this material makes a call on detecting a proper framework for the EU and Ukraine to synergise their integration-focused positive intentions, should they keep communicating with each other in geo-strategic terms of partnership. In many respects, as detected in this report, an enhanced all-round integration between the EU and Ukraine not only exemplifies a basic function of statecraft, but it can also be a matter of survival for both.
Liubov Akulenko, Dmytro Naumenko