Ukraine’s new PM visits EU headquarters

Thursday, seeking support for his country's reform agenda. Yuriy Yekhanurov is to meet with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

Barroso "will want to know what the situation in the country is ... what is going on with the reform process," EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said Wednesday. Last month, President Viktor Yushchenko fired the previous premier, Yulia Tymoshenko, who had been an ally of Yushchenko's during his presidential campaign.

Although Tymoshenko's Cabinet was rather, but critics complained its populist moves hurt the economy and scared away investors, and did little to live up to EU reform demands. Yekhanurov, an economist, has challenged his new Cabinet to make boosting Ukraine's economic performance a priority, reports the AP. I.L.

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