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Ukraine and the European Union - 8th Germany Breakfast Debate

New Europe Center
New Europe Center

What about Ukraine's relations with the European Union? Experts discussed Germany's expectations of Ukraine's rapprochement with the EU. The focus was on the Berlin perspective.

Membership in the European community of states has been a clear goal of Ukraine since the signing of the Association Agreement in 2014. All Ukrainian policy areas are shaped by this agreement.

German-Ukrainian relations play a prominent role in this integration process. However, in addition to common goals, the bilateral relationship is also characterised by conflicts of interest and different perspectives.

The 8th Germany Breakfast Meeting in Kyiv dealt with the status of reforms in Ukraine as well as German expectations of the Associated Trio (Ukraine, Republic of Moldova and Georgia). The speakers Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth, Programme Director of the Diplomatic Academy, Federal Foreign Office (Berlin) and Marcel Röthig, Country Representative of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova (Kyiv) also discussed which accents the new German government will set in this regard.

The welcoming address was given by Alyona Getmanchuk, Director of the Kyiv New Europe Center, and Dr. Bertram von Moltke, Envoy of the German Embassy in Ukraine. Lyudmyla Melnyk, Research Associate, IEP, moderated the event.

The Germany Breakfast Debates are part of the project "German-Ukrainian Researchers Network" (GURN 2) and take place in close cooperation with the Ukrainian partner organisation New Europe Center (NEC, Kyiv).

Team & authors

About the GURN – German Ukrainian Researchers Network project: The cooperation between think tanks and politics are strengthened. GURN focuses on knowledge transfer, capacity building and bilateral dialogue. Current developments and German-Ukrainian relations are discussed in a variety of formats.

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