In the five years after the Revolution of Dignity there have been tremendous changes in the judicial system of Ukraine, key laws have been adopted, new bodies are being formed. Nevertheless, experts believe that out of all the “20 deliverables of the Eastern Partnership until 2020” the progress is the most modest in this particular sphere. In Moldova, meanwhile, another state system - the electoral one – was tested. Experts believe that in many respects precisely because of the new mixed electoral system the parliamentary elections in the country did not bring the long-awaited peace.
The traditional political calm of August in the Eastern Partnership was broken by Belarus. Firstly, with a wave of loud arrests of journalists and searches in media outlets, and later - with an unexpected reformatting of the government. How these two events are interconnected and how are they related to the upcoming elections is in the focus of this issue.
On the way to tightening relations with the EU, domestic changes in the Eastern Partnership countries have always been a required precondition. One thing that western partners keep a close eye on is internal reforms. But what drives these reforms and what slows them down? Is it responsible authorities, documented agreements, or European carrots and stick ?