It is no secret that one of the advantages of Zelensky’s opponents, both European Solidarity and Batkivshchyna, lies in international affairs. They tirelessly compete in forging close ties with the political leadership of the European People’s Party. After all, Yuliia Tymoshenko and Petro Poroshenko know quite well how important it is to have protection within the walls of European institutions in the event of an internal political struggle.

The systematic cross-party work has led to necessary and important decisions being taken in EU and partner countries which further serves as a basis for deepening European integration. Unfortunately, the cooperation of political parties in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine with European parties is predominantly informal and non-systemic (meaning full membership or observer status in such transnational parties).

One of the obstacles is the difference in the functioning of the institution of parties itself. The ideological division into right-wing, left-wing and centrist parties is rather alien to the post-Soviet space. In addition, there is a systemic problem with the oligarchisation of political parties, to which the European parties sometimes turn a blind eye, guided primarily by their ability to influence decision-making.

Bohdan Ferens, Founder of SD Platform (21 May 2021)

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