International Conference: Ukraine, Russia and the EU

International Conference: Ukraine, Russia and the EU

One year after the annexation of Crimea, an international conference held at the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation in Berlin on March 2 offered European and US experts the opportunity to analyse and discuss Europe’s response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. How do we view this conflict? What can be done in order to support Ukraine on its rocky path towards Europe? What are the EU’s policy options towards Russia? We will also focus on domestic developments in Ukraine one year after Yanukovych fled Kiev: What progress has been made towards political and economic renewal? And what is the import of Ukraine’s reform movement for Europe and Russia? (You can change the video by clicking on the playlist-menu in the upper left corner)

Articles

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At the beginning of March, international experts discussed at the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation in Berlin Europe’s response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. They all agreed on Europe lacking a long-term strategy.

East or west? In which directions should the market be adjusted?
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The trade relations of the six countries of the Eastern Partnership is a complex web of discrepancies. They have assigned different association agreements with Russia and the EU. The coexistence of these two models of economic integration poses challenges - and problems.

Statue
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Today, the future of European nations is at stake in eastern Ukraine. If not effectively addressed, the Ukrainian crisis will pose the biggest threat the EU’s member states have experienced since 1945.

The crowd holding placards with the slogan in favor of the integration of Moldova to the EU: "We fight for Europe", and thank messages to Štefan Füle: "Thank you, Mr. Füle"
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The crisis in Ukraine with all its reverberations comes at a moment when the EU and the European project are very weak and while international insecurity is on the rise. As a result the Perspectives for the EU’s Eastern Partnership will have to change.

Pipes for construction of a gas pipeline
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The conflict in Ukraine has shown that the EU’s energy security depends largely on strengthening its own resilience.

Soviet Medal
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While Russia is redrawing the European map, Ukraine needs to move forward: A hybrid war cannot be ended with a hybrid peace and an economic crisis cannot be overcome with hybrid reforms. Changes have to be fast and radical.

Kremlin
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The Russian personalised power system is showing an amazing capacity to survive – even in an advanced state of decay.

Audio recordings of the conference

Further Information and comments

Workers at the disaster reactor in April 2015 - The reactor is currently receiving a new protective sheath
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Thirty years after the biggest nuclear disaster at Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine is still seriously dependent on nuclear energy. It is high time for Ukraine to take the path of nuclear phase-out.

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
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The Minsk agrrement has come to a standstill. From Ukraine can't accept bogus elections in Donbass and grant autonony to puppet republics while Russia simultaneously expand its power in the region.

This Way
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Medication and water bottles have numerous advantages in a crisis situation, but they cannot be used to stop ISIS. The greatest dilemmas of European Greens are rooted in a conflict of values. They need to work on a political solution.

Pictures of the conference

International Politics

After the end of the cold war foreign and security policies have been subject to rapid change. This development has been further accelerated after September 11. Traditional security policies such as deterrence and containment have been replaced by risk prevention, crisis intervention, and preemptive policy measures. Increasingly questions of foreign, security, and developmental policy have become intertwined. The debates surrounding the war on Iraq have brought to the surface tensions between the USA and Europe – as well as within Europe itself. Against this background we would like to continue the debates on the future of transatlantic relations - and this against the background of new security policy risks, crisis prevention, and preemptive policies.