Ukrainian commentators are fairly sceptical in their assessment of the chances of two former deputy PM – Polish Leszek Balcerowicz and Slovac Ivan Miklos – who are to assist in reforming the Ukrainian economy. Considering the extremely difficult wartime conditions in the eastern and southern parts of the country, it will be hard to put through even the best reformist ideas.
The Ukrainian authorities are trying to create an image of a country of reforms and strong anti-corruption attitude. The well-known economist Arthur Laffer is going to help the government, because without reforms Ukraine cannot count on further financial assistance.
In Poland political parties are bidding which one of them can promise the most on the eve of the elections. Meanwhile, in the Belarusian presidential campaign Alexander Lukashenka is distancing himself from populism.