Thursday, February 6, 2014


Attempting to “liberate” Ukraine may be high-minded of the European Union, but it poses important questions (“Back to the future: Russia slams West’s support for Ukraine opposition,” Web, Feb. 1.)

Are there any geographical limits to an expanding European Union? Include Armenia, Georgia and Turkey, and the union would border Chechnya, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Should Kiev’s young be encouraged to think that the accord on the free movement of peoples will remain a bedrock principle of the European Union? This accord will be further tested with the end of transitional restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants, as well as Moldovan migrants, given the ease with which Moldovans can acquire Romanian citizenship.

The scale of uncontrolled immigration into Western Europe will be further augmented by Croatia, which recently joined the union, and in due course from six other western Balkan states.

Was it wise of the European Union to entice Ukrainians into abandoning their economic dependence on Russia without offering transitional aid? Will EU taxpayers consent to bailing out Ukraine?


Dorset, England

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