Lviv Opinion

A Tale of Two Airports

Issue 120, February 2019.
Booming Lviv International Airport almost doubled passenger numbers in 2018 while Donetsk International Airport lay in ruins as the ultimate monument to the futile destructiveness of Putin’s Ukraine War

International Women’s Day in Ukraine: To Be or Not To Be?

Issue 120, February 2019.
The 8th of March, or International Women’s Day (IWD), is one of the biggest celebrations in Ukraine. But for how long is the question. While the day has its roots in the American protest movements of the 19th and 20th Centuries, the celebration has long been associated with the Soviet Union, which largely popularized and politicised the proceedings. As Ukraine continues to tinker with its holiday calendar – to move away from traditional Russian celebrations to a more European schedule – it begs the question: is time ticking on International Women’s Day in Ukraine?


Issue 119, January 2019.
Back by popular demand – the art of pouring vodka! Here’s a little piece that we originally published in 2013. Locals often don’t even realise just how many rules there are to pouring vodka in Ukraine. At least, not until you start sharing the rules from this list! Try it – they’ll start recognising the rules and add their own that we haven’t even listed. We’ve added new “rules” since we first published. Have we forgotten any? Be sure to tell us at!

Lviv Real Estate Investment Guide

Issue 118, December 2018.
In recent years, Lviv has emerged as Ukraine’s number two real estate market. With a stunning architectural ensemble, vibrant tourism industry and close proximity to the European Union, the city is poised to become a popular choice for international real estate investors seeking to add something Ukrainian to their property portfolios.

Speaking Ukrainian in Ukraine should not be a political act

Issue 117, November 2018.
Ukrainian has never enjoyed greater state protection but speakers still risk encountering casual hostility.

Андрій НОВАК: «Дефолт — це не трагедія»

Issue 116, October 2018.
Економіст, екс-радник двох прем’єр-міністрів України Андрій Новак про загрозу дефолту, монетарну політику та перспективи української економіки

Russia still overshadowing Ukraine in the heart of the European Union

Issue 116, October 2018.
Ukraine cannot take continued EU attention for granted as Russia reasserts itself in Brussels

Ukrainian comic book superheroes join the hybrid war against Russia

Issue 116, October 2018.
The creators of “The Will” comic book franchise hope to create an inspirational and entertaining Ukrainian alternative to the cultural imperialism of Vladimir Putin’s “Russian World”

Building Brand Ukraine

Issue 115, September 2018.
How should Ukraine seek to brand itself before international audiences? The New Europe Center and the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter assembled distinguished state officials, academics, diaspora and civil society leaders at the Hyatt Kyiv in summer 2018 to share insights and experience from the Israeli state-building project and discuss how the lessons of Israel might be applicable to modern Ukraine.

What does the EU mean to ordinary Ukrainians?

Issue 115, September 2018.
While conducting a series of regional visits earlier this year, we at the New Europe Center think tank noticed that European integration as imagined by the Kyiv political class is somewhat out of step with the perceptions of ordinary Ukrainians outside the capital. What does the EU really mean to the Ukrainian public? To be able to gain a clearer picture of these attitudes, we decided to involve polling company GfK Ukraine, with the support of USAID/ENGAGE and PACT.