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Do European values still matter in Ukraine?
Do European values still matter in Ukraine?

Author(s): Volodymyr Yermolenko
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, Politics and communication, Politics and society, Crowd Psychology: Mass phenomena and political interactions, Political Essay, Sociology of Politics
Published by: Kolegium Europy Wschodniej im. Jana Nowaka-Jeziorańskiego we Wrocławiu
Keywords: Ukraine; presidential elections; Volodymyr Zelenskyy; European values; pro-European and pro-Russian forces; populism; election campaign;

Summary/Abstract: When Volodymyr Zelenskyy won the 2019 presidential election in Ukraine, Ukrainian philosopher Vakhtang Kebuladze called his phenomenon a “non-Maidan”. I repeated this expression in my interview for New Eastern Europe published in May this year. Kebuladze meant that Zelenskyy’s election undermined the 2013 – 2014 confrontation between the pro-European “Maidan” and the pro-Russian “anti-Maidan”, and his political project – Servant of the People – intuitively or consciously sought a different approach: more inclusive, but also more vague, a comprehensive platform attracting voters with different origins and values. At that time, I called the Zelenskyy phenomenon “populism 2.0”. During the election campaign, Zelenskyy was not proposing ideas, values or even slogans.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 06 (44)
  • Page Range: 12-19
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English