In October 2011 respected German Center on intercultural cooperation and communication (Das Zentrum für Interkulturelle Kooperation und Kommunikation e.V. (ZIKK) conducted a poll among German experts on whether the Tymoshenko's conviction will effect Ukraine's cooperation with the EU. The poll was held among 20 experts, including political scientists, social scientists, heads of public organizations, journalists.

The majority of the respondents believe it is inexpedient to break down negotiations or delay the signing of the Association agreement.

"The free trade agreement is not a present to Ukraine for good behavior, but mutually beneficial agreement. If Brussels pushes Ukraine away, Moscow with take it with open arms into the Customs Union," ZIKK chairman, Prof. Dr. Julius Khesin believes.

Tymoshenko's case revealed double standards in the West. Political scientist Peter Kupperschmidt noted that Germany strictly observes equality before the law. "If somebody in Germany insulted the court, as Ms Tymoshenko did in Ukraine, this person would be severely punished and his or her political carrier would be finished."

International correspondent of the influential German edition "Handelsblatt" Mathias Brüggmann criticized the first reaction of the Euroepan Union on Tymoshenko's case. "Ms Tymoshenko should be allowed to take Ukraine and Europe hostages," he said.

Political scientist Edgar Flik accused Tymoshenko of manipulating public opinion. "Such high level of nationalism and populism, demonstrated by Ms Tymoshenko, would be unacceptable for a high-ranked official in Germany," the expert is convinced.

German political scientists believe that threats to stop cooperation between Ukraine and EU on free trade areas because of Tymoshenko's conviction are groundless.

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