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Ukraine’s tug of war

Pressed against the gates of Europe

By Annabelle Chapman   January 2016

Pro-European protestors in Kiev’s Independence Square in December 2013: “It was a winter of great possibility” © © VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images

In Ukraine, the pull of Europe works in curious ways. When I first moved to Kiev in 2012, the metro was plastered with adverts offering to “euro-renovate” my Khrushchev-era flat, install “euro-windows” or even treat my nails to a “euro-manicure.” There is even a Ukrainian Wikipedia entry for “euro-renovation”…

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