So now even bombings: The crisis between Europe and Ukraine has just become even more complicated. More and more, the discomfort in the democratic part of Europe on the European football championship in a country that has made a former prime minister to political prisoners and their health problems in a way bypasses that can only be described by torture.
So far, no one knows who put the bombs in Dnepropetrovsk, the birthplace of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Was it a radical faction of the opposition, which wants to demonstrate to the government shortly before the European Championship in early June, about which print resources are available? Was it the government itself, which wants to bring the opposition to a "strategy of tension" in disrepute? Or has a hand in the Mafia?
One thing is clear: President Viktor Yanukovych is playing a nasty game and Tymoshenko used as leverage against Europe. "When you sign the Asoziationsabkommen, then we leave Tymoshenko," Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroschowskij has recently told European journalists in Brussels said. Clearly can not be said that the former Prime Minister is just a pawn.
The EU is in an uncomfortable position. On the one hand, they can not simply close our eyes to the violations of human rights in Ukraine, which show that the country is still far from ripe for an Association Agreement. On the other hand, wants to slam the door not to Kiev not to drive into the arms of Russia, which is likely to stifle democratic aspirations in the long term.
In a similar predicament is to UEFA. The would like to keep out of politics and keep the football championship as planned. On the other hand, is a festival of football in a country of torture is not a good advertisement – not for sport, nor for its sponsors.
At most one may have sympathy with the Poles, as the star pupil of the East European Democracy Now through no fault or less in joint liability.
If the EU did not have breakfast as a director of foreign minister, but someone with perseverance, then this should now forge an alliance between sport and politics against the autocrats in Kiev.Because unlike in international organizations there are in the UEFA a clear preponderance of democratic states. There could be a little gentle persuasion with a majority, organize the Yanukovych introduces the alternative: either EM or Tymoshenko. Using Germany as an alternative venue if Kiev does not come around. One would not even just moral and political argument, but could also cite safety concerns, if Yanukovych maintains its hard line against the opposition.
It is hard to believe that Yanukovych would risk the European Championship on home soil. So it is very unwahrscheilich that Europe and UEFA would have to actually make the true threat. With a turn-Yanukovich but all would benefit. Athletes, officials and fans could enjoy the Euro, the EU would have the extortion attempt in terms of association agreements is not bent and Tymoshenko could be treated abroad.
But as it currently looks like Europe can drive the matter further. Until the end, denatured all the pleasure in this festival of football is.
One wonders why in festive speeches always the unity of Europe is invoked with the argument, otherwise you would get foreign policy, not enough weight on the scales. If it then becomes serious, however, it provides the EU does not even put an underdeveloped country like Ukraine to sufficient pressure. Where is the self-respect of this continent’s democratically gone?