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Online-Event: 18th Ukraine Breakfast Debate German-Ukrainian Bilateral Relations: New Tendencies in Cooperation?

German-Ukrainian bilateral cooper­ation has been steadily inten­si­fying since 2014 with Germany as an active supporter of the Ukrainian reform process and a key actor in the talks within the Normandy Format. The year 2019 saw a shift in the Ukrainian political landscape. The new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Selenskyy, was elected and during the first year of the current legislative period, Ukraine has already seen two prime ministers and their govern­ments. These devel­op­ments invite an explo­ration of their impacts on the German-Ukrainian cooper­ation, the expec­ta­tions and challenges for  bilateral relations, and how to foster sustain­ability in  cooper­ation between Germany and Ukraine in the future.

We are pleased to announce that the 18th Ukraine Breakfast Debate on “German-Ukrainian Bilateral Relations: New Tendencies in Cooper­ation?” will take place online on Wednesday, June 10, 10–11:15 AM in partnership with the New Europe Center. During our Ukraine Breakfast we will present the first  results of the joint German-Ukrainian study on the current trends in German-Ukrainian relations. The paper is published in the framework of the “Europeani­sation beyond borders” project imple­mented by New Europe Center with the support of the Open Society Initiative for Europe.

Welcome and Moderation:
Dr. Katrin Böttger, Director, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin

Alyona Hetmanchuk, Director, New Europe Center (NEC), Kyiv
Ljudmyla Melnyk, Research Associate, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin
Sergiy Solodkyy, First Deputy Director, New Europe Center (NEC), Kyiv
Dr. Susan Stewart, Head of the Research Division on Eastern Europe and Eurasia, German Institute for Inter­na­tional and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

Terms of participation 

Register: Please register by 8 June 2020 by e‑mail at Please indicate your name and institution.

The Ukraine Breakfast Debate is held as an online event via Zoom. To partic­ipate, we will send you the event link and further infor­mation by email one day before the event.

In order to partic­ipate in Ukraine Breakfast Debate please have your favourite cup of tea or coffee on hand to enjoy while listening and discussing the topic.

The number of virtual seats is limited and switched-on video preferred. After a successful regis­tration and confir­mation, partic­i­pation is oblig­atory.

Ukraine Breakfast Debates are part of the project “German Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN). GURN aims to establish a German-Ukrainian network for senior and junior researchers, strength­ening expertise in the field of policy analysis and promoting joint research projects. GURN is conducted in cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv), the think tank devel­opment and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv), New Europe Center (NEC, Kyiv), and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

This event is furthermore organized in cooper­ation with the Berlin Policy Hub, which has supported the elabo­ration of the joint Ukrainian-German publi­cation at IEP.

Please note that the event will be held in English.