Shedding the Soviet skin is a long and painful process, and in many cases what is revealed underneath may not be any better than what was before. Let us hope that Ukraine will take the first step out of this old skin and into a new one by signing the agreements with the EU; especially since the alternative that remains does not look very attractive.
Adam Reichardt is editor-in-chief of New Eastern Europe, a quarterly news magazine that covers Central and Eastern Europe affairs.
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