Iryna Solonenko

Iryna Solonenko is a researcher at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder and associate fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). She is a country expert of the Bertelsmann Stiftungs Transformation Index.

Die letzten Beiträge

Ukraine before the Elections: A Country Struggling to Reform Itself

Presidential candidate and comedian Vladimir Zelensky. Photo by Ярослав Бурдовицин via, CC BY-SA 4.0 With a record of forty-two candidates running for the top job, it remains to be seen who will become Ukraine’s next president. But will Ukrainian actors and their international partners be able to keep the country on the road to […]

How Western Populism Weakens Democracy in Ukraine

Euromaidan, Kiev 2013. By Ivan Bandura via, CC BY 2.0, Populism in Europe, and in the West generally, plays into the hands of anti-democratic forces in Ukraine – and supports Russia’s destabilizing influence. Europe’s rising populist surge threatens Ukraine’s democratic future. During the Euromaidan protests in 2013/2014 and their aftermath, when the anti-Yanukovych […]

Anti-government protests in Kiev, December 2013 © via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Democracy in Limbo

Anti-government protests in Kiev, December 2013 © via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) While in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine commitment to European integration and political will to reform seem to have fostered democratization, prospects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Belarus remain gloomy. As we enter 2015 it is worth taking another look at the political developments […]