The authorities of Germany, the most influential country in the European Union, are clearly alarmed by the possible outcome of Ukraine's presidential elections. Only this can explain the fact that immediately after the first round of voting, the website of Bundestag's most influential parliamentary faction CDU/CSU featured statements of its Deputy Chairman Johan Vadeful (https://www.cducsu.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/wahl-zeigt-geschwundenes-vertrauen-die-politischen-eliten) giving a tough assessment of the political situation in Ukraine. Berlin seems to have decided to drop all the diplomatic niceties and intervene at this stage, so that everyone is sure that the West feels free to dictate to Kiev who should rule this country and in what manner.
Without any doubt, on the banks of the Spree have thought long and hard who should voice moral arguments to the Ukrainian mentees, and the choice fell therefore on a middle-ranking politician, Angela Merkel' fellow party member rather than she herself or the German Minister of Foreign Affairs. Indeed, why use a steam-hammer to crack nuts... The very fact that the statement's title alone sounds like a harsh sentence is enough: "Elections show a breakdown of confidence in the political elites." And further: "Ukraine needs an experienced team of leaders." Perhaps it is these two positions that raise concerns with the Germans, who love all the order, as regards the possibility of a political chaos in Ukraine with unpredictable consequences for the European Union.
At the same time, the CDU/CSU faction of the Bundestag, read Germany, "expects" both candidates who made it into the second round of Ukrainian presidential elections, to stick with the existing course of "binding Ukraine to the West". And further the text features direct claims: in particular, they should take on explicit obligations to step up efforts for establishing the rule of law and corruption control, as well as keep consolidating the economy. Many first-round votes received by actor Vladimir Zelensky is a clear "breakdown of confidence in the political elites and disappointment with the reform process under President Petro Poroshenko", and moreover, "a larger portion of the population invests their hopes in Vladimir Zelensky to decisively fight against corruption and the influence of oligarchs," the CDU/CSU statement reads.
Most likely, the German authorities, who have already had a hard time because of Donald Trump's unpredictability, are very much afraid that embodied in Vladimir Zelensky they will receive a new "Ukrainian Trump" as a possible partner. After all, in case of his second round victory, his power will be strongly limited, at least until the autumn general elections. President Zelensky will not be able to appoint either ministers or the prosecutor general, not to mention any legislative amendments. For this reason, over the next three weeks before the vote, this little-known politician "must", in Berlin's opinion, "specify what he stands for and which team of politicians will support him."
This is followed by a thesis showing Germany's fear of the fact that in case of Poroshenko's final failure, the West, represented by Ukraine, may lose an ally in its confrontation with Russia. "Ukraine cannot afford to rely on inexperienced leadership in the conflict with Russia and in its difficult economic and social situation. It will play into the hands of Moscow and push it towards intensifying its destabilizing policy against Ukraine", the Berlin well-wishers warned. And this is an obvious and impudent intervention in the Ukrainian elections followed by a rather harmless though very poisonous demand to clarify how Zelensky is going to deprive oligarchs of power "given that oligarch Igor Kolomoysky largely supported his election campaign".
Tellingly, Berlin was unmoved by Yulia Timoshenko's statement that Petro Poroshenko blatantly falsified presidential elections on a mass scale, which nevertheless didn't help him to avoid defeat in all the regions of Ukraine in the first round, except for the two westernmost areas. However, Poroshenko can't help lying, even in minor issues. Like, for instance, when his campaign headquarters issued a sudden message that Angela Merkel allegedly called him to congratulate on making it to the second round of elections. Well, the real story is that it was Poroshenko who called the German Chancellor to report his "success". In response she naturally expressed her congratulations. No one knows for sure whether was ironic or not.