Toumioja addressing the European Parliament today (epa)
July 12, 2006 -- The foreign minister of Finland, which currently holds the rotating EU Presidency, says Ukraine is in a "sorry state" as it grapples with a political crisis.
Erkki Tuomioja told the European Parliament that Ukraine, which has been without a full-fledged government since inconclusive elections in March, was making it more difficult for the European Union to engage with the country.
Referendum On The Revolution
Yushchenko supporters attend a rally in Kyiv on December 26-27, 2005
RETHINKING THE ORANGE: The March 26 elections are the first major national referendum on President Viktor Yushchenko and the ideals of the Orange Revolution that brought him to power in early 2005. Opinion polls in Ukraine indicate widespread dissatisfaction with developments in the country since Yushchenko took power. The results of the elections are expected to clarify whether Yushchenko will be able to step up the implementation of his reformist policies declared during the 2004 Orange Revolution or whether he will get mired even deeper in political wrangling with his opponents...(more)