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Robert Petraru

Robert Petraru is a research trainee at Vocal Europe. He holds a bachelor degree in European Studies and now is currently studying Public Policy and Human Development. His main interests lie in the Eastern Partnership, development policy and EU’s common foreign and security policy. He is fluent in English and Romanian and he has a good command of Spanish.

The 2019 Ukrainian presidential elections find the Eastern European country still engaged in conflict with Russia and struggling with implementing reforms in various sectors while its citizens have one of the lowest incomes in Europe.

Although the EuroMaidan provided hope to many Ukrainians of becoming an EU member state, this development still seems very far away as corruption still flourishes in Ukraine, oligarchs still control important sectors and the implementation of reforms have been done at a slow pace, which angered both the Ukrainian citizens and the external partners, such as the European Union, United States and International Monetary Fund. As of now, it is highly likely that next president of Ukraine will be either Petro Poroshenko, Yulia Tymoshenko or Volodomyr Zelenskiy.


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