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Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Ukrainian business leaders want better economic policy and rule of law

The fifteen principles reflect a broad reform consensus in Ukraine, aiming at creating well-functioning markets and strong private property rights.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Fiscal and Structural Reform Political Reform

Wed, Aug 14, 2019

Do something with state enterprises already

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is right to emphasize the need to privatize state-owned enterprises.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Financial Regulation Fiscal and Structural Reform

Tue, Jul 23, 2019

A unique chance for change 

Ukraine finally has a parliament no longer dominated by businessmen. This offers a unique chance to establish rule of law and break up the oligarchic system.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Fiscal and Structural Reform Political Reform

Wed, Jul 17, 2019

If Zelenskyy’s serious about reform, he’ll ditch the cronies

Leaders are judged by those closest to them, and Zelenskyy’s mishandling of this matter is destroying his “brand” and will impede his reform agenda.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Elections Fiscal and Structural Reform

Tue, Jul 2, 2019

Five reasons why investors are giving Ukraine another look

The ambitions of Ukraine House Toronto arise from what UkraineInvest has witnessed over the last year: a renewed confidence in and interest among investors for exposure to the Ukrainian market.

UkraineAlert by Daniel Bilak

Democratic Transitions Fiscal and Structural Reform

Tue, May 28, 2019

Zelenskiy sows confusion and another chance for change

Volodymyr Zelenskiy may be popular among Ukrainians, but he is getting the cold shoulder from its political elite. Ukraine’s new president has few friends in the parliament and government. Within days of taking office, Zelenskiy suffered a defeat in the Rada as the parliament has not considered his bill for a new electoral law. The […]

UkraineAlert by Oksana Bedratenko

Fiscal and Structural Reform International Financial Institutions

Thu, May 23, 2019

Critical questions for Ukraine’s new president

Ukraine’s domestic politics will change fundamentally in 2019. On May 20, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was inaugurated as president of Ukraine. The country’s upcoming parliamentary elections this summer or autumn will likely reconfigure much of the governing elite, and lead to deep changes in the country’s legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Five major topics will keep Kyiv […]

UkraineAlert by Andreas Umland

Conflict Economic Sanctions

Wed, May 8, 2019

Zelenskyy’s first big test

A key issue has emerged in the post-election drama in Ukraine. In a disturbing interview given by Andrij Bohdan, lawyer, confidant, and political advisor to President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he reveals that he continues to act as a lawyer for oligarch Ihor Kolomoiskiy with regard to the nationalization of PrivatBank. This assertion, if accepted by the […]

UkraineAlert by Basil Kalymon

Corruption Financial Regulation

Mon, Apr 29, 2019

Central Bank Independence Under Scrutiny

On April 26, following stronger than expected US economic growth numbers, the White House’s National Economic Council director, Larry Kudlow, urged the Federal Reserve (Fed) to cut interest rates by 50 basis points.

EconoGraphics by Ole Moehr | Graphics by Shiqing Hua and Francis Aubee

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

Fri, Apr 26, 2019

What is wrong with the Ukrainian economy?

Construction is booming in Kyiv, Ukraine, but not the rest of the economy. A major reason is that Ukrainians with some extra savings do not put their money into banks but buy additional apartments instead. Others keep their savings in cash. On average, Ukrainian MPs keep $700,000 at home. Those who have a lot of […]

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Financial Regulation Fiscal and Structural Reform