On 6th December 2013 the authorities and opposition in Ukraine accepted the establishment of a panel of experts, under the aegis of the Council of Europe to supervise an investigation into the violence that has occurred in the country. Indeed, for the last fifteen days the Ukrainian opposition has been protesting against the decision of the Ukrainian authorities not to sign an association agreement with the European Union. On 5th December 2013 in a message read out by her daughter Yevguenia in Independence Square, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko called on demonstrators to overthrow the regime led by President Viktor Yanukovych, comparing him to Joseph Stalin. Just as the OSCE Summit took place in Kyiv on 5th and 6th December demonstrators chanted "Ukraine is Europe." "We are with the Ukrainian people who see their future in Europe," declared the American Deputy Secretary of State for European and Asian Affairs Victoria Nuland. On the previous day, 4th December the head of German diplomacy, Guido Westerwelle, travelled to Independence Square to provide his support to the demonstrators. In a joint letter three former Ukrainain presidents Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko also expressed their "solidarity with the peaceful action of hundreds of thousands of young Ukrainians." On December 1st NATO's Secretary Genral called on "all sides to refrain from violence and the use of force at all costs." He explained that NATO fully respected "the Ukrainian population and the country's democratic ideals." The protests, which are occurring all over Ukraine, have been unprecedented since the Orange Revolution of 2004.
The protests in Ukraine have been unprecedented since the Orange Revolution in 2004 and have continued to escalate over the weekend. On 8th December 2013, hundreds of thousands of pro-European opponents demanded the depature of President Viktor Yanukovych accused of "selling" Ukraine to Russia. Demonstrators even toppled a statue of the leader of the 1917 Russian revolution, Vladimir Lenin. Arseny Yatsenyuk, one of the opposition leaders called for "the protest to spread" and to "block off the government quarter of the city". For his part boxer Vitaly Klichko called for a general strike. On 5th December 2013 in a message read by her daughter Yevguenia in Independence Square, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko called for demonstrators to overthrow the regime led by Mr Yanukovych, comparing him to Joseph Stalin. Just as the OSCE Summit was taking place on 5th and 6th December in Kyiv, American and European leaders provided their support to the demonstrators who chanted "Ukraine is Europe!" The day before, on 4th December the head of German diplomacy Guido Westerwelle travelled to Independence Square to provide his support to demonstrators. In a joint letter three former Ukrainian presidents Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko also expressed their "solidarity with the peaceful action of hundreds of thousands of young Ukrainians."
Ministers meeting in Bali, Indonesia, as part of the 9th WTO negotiation welcomed the agreement that was found in the night of 6th to 7th December. The implementation of this agreement estimates the wealth created by the "Bali Package" at 1000 billion dollars. The Bali Package comprises three parts: agriculture (with a commitment to reduce export subsidies), development aid (planning for further exemption of customs duties on products from the least advanced countries) and the "facilitation of trade" which aims to reduce red-tape on the borders.
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The euro zone has been so omnipresent that it has tended to strengthen the traditional European navel-gazing. By focusing so hard on the Greek debt or the mysteries of banking supervision, there is a danger that we shall neglect the wider context of globalisation to which the Union is trying to adjust. Of course globalisation has significantly weakened what we have achieved, our comparative advantage and even the model of European integration, thereby adding a series of crises and vital challenges to the economic crisis in terms of the future of Europe. But globalisation also highlights the considerable advantages that the Union has in the international arena, and it is up to political leaders to acknowledge these and implement them.