Joerg Drescher: My Understanding of the Ukrainian Revolution
Meanwhile foreign newspapers describe the Ukrainian revolution as “struggle for power.” But this leads to some questions. The first is, who is fighting? On the one hand, of course, those people in power want to keep their power (mainly the president and people of his Party of Regions); on the other hand, there are three political parties and their leaders, who want to take this power. However, there is another “party” in this struggle, and my guess is, this “party” does not really care, who is in power, but it is interested, how this power is used – this “party” consists at least of those people demonstrating on Maidan.
Being a foreigner and knowing some political systems in the EU, it is comprehensible to see a “struggle for power,” if there are some people not wanting to resign their power and others wanting to get this power. However, beside this struggle the question get lost: power for what purpose?
The Communistic Party of Ukraine (CPU), for example, voted in December against a request for a vote of no confidence with the reason, the opposition parties would not have a better plan for the country. Of course, the Communists are involved in the current power, but nevertheless I miss also a plan of the opposition parties.
Up to now, as far as I know, nobody have had the idea to ask the people on Maidan, how they want the power to be used, which would be given by them for a new government. They are very aware what happened 2005 after the “Orange Revolution” as they elected a new president in the hope, he would use his (given) power in the interest of the people. They were disappointed and lost trust in the existing political institutions.
But in my opinion, foreign observers think about the revolution based on conditions as they can be found in the EU. Either it is really difficult for them to imagine, power could be abused for selfish interests, or they do not want to tell about this in public, because people within the EU could also start questioning their leaders and how they use power given to them.
Hence, the “struggle for power” of this revolution is in my understanding deeply connected with the purpose of power. What can be done with power and for what it is necessary? Who controls the use of power (another form of power)? How can power be limited (by whom and again for what purpose)?