October 15, 2019

Reuniting Territories and People — from 30 Years of Germany's Experience

Our country will soon have to resolve a similar problem — restoration of the Ukrainian nation


Serhiy Polyovyk

In the geopolitical map of Europe and the world there are many unresolved ethnic problems, obvious and hidden conflicts that have arisen on the basis of the artificial separation of nations. Some of them resemble the domestic political situation in Ukraine as a result of Russia's permanent wars, the latest of which has been going on for almost six years.

Historical circumstances and wars with the participation of powerful geopolitical players have divided and dispersed Azerbaijanis, Armenians, Georgians, Koreans, other peoples of the Caucasus, the Balkans, Africa, etc. Some have succeeded in restoring territorial integrity, upholding their national unity and building a strong state after reunification and restoration of historical justice. The most striking example of such a positive process in Europe is the reunification of Germany that happened 30 years ago.

Our country will soon have to resolve a similar problem — restoration of the Ukrainian nation — which will inevitably arise after the liberation of the temporarily occupied territories of the Donbas and the return of the annexed Crimea. Restoration of loyalty to the central Ukrainian authorities and recognition of the unitarity of the state will be prerequisites for the restoration of a single prosperous Ukraine and elimination of the effects of the century-long Bolshevik experiment on it.

Will Ukraine benefit from such experience in the light of, inter alia, future developments in the East and in Crimea? And if it does, can we make good use of Germany's experience? Without this, we can hardly count on gaining subjectivity and becoming a geopolitical player.

The article is available in Ukrainian