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January 18, 2011
Party workshop Dnipropetrwosk

Seminar in Dnipropetrovsk

Is it possible that parties with programs existed in Ukraine?

On January, 15, 2011 Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized a seminar in Dnipropetrovsk concerning main values and programmatic of political parties. More than 40 participants, mostly young people, discussed possible value basis of party programs and key topics of important German and European political ideologies. It was concluded, that the foundation of a modern party should be connected with the development of democratic and subsidiary organization culture.

January 7, 2011

Report

Political conclusions of 2010

2010 was a year of substantial changes for Ukraine. In its report KAS representative office in Ukraine makes political conclusions of the year, concentrating on different activity aspects of the country. Besides internal policy and elections, we should mention here party system, constitutional process, attitude to totalitarian past, interconfessional dialogue and approximation to European institutions. In 2010 almost in all spheres some critical tendencies were traced.

November 5, 2010

Country report

Local elections in Ukraine: Yanukovych’s consolidation of power

Ukraine's president Viktor Yanukovych has significantly strengthened his grip on power in most parts of the country with local elections on October 31st. But international observers criticised the conduct of the elections for not meeting democratic standards. The negative trends in Ukraine with regard to minimum standards of democracy pose a great challenge for the European Union. Read the new KAS country report. more…

May 27, 2010

International Conference

Dealing with the past - a litmus test for democracy

On 19 May, KAS, Institute for Political Education and Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter invited historians and writers to discuss goals and values of a critical debate of the past. During the conference entitled „Remembering the Past – Building a Future“ young listeners did not hesitate to ask sensitive questions about their identity and Pulitzer prize winner Anne Applebaum emphasized that she understands patriotism rather as putting effort in one´s daily life than to indulge in national heroic epic.

April 27, 2010

Congratulations to the Prize Winners of the Youth Project „Health of Civil Society“

«We would like to congratulate the winners of the third step of the youth project “Health of Civil Society”. They have given us proposals for interesting and relevant social projects which intend to better the health of civil society in Ukraine.»

April 22, 2010

KAS-Club

Vice Prime Minister Sivkovych: The security forces need to be downsized and made simpler

Volodymyr Sivkovych, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine in charge of the security forces, was guest at the KAS-Club on April 21 in Kyiv. In his speech Sivkovych clearly recognised the necessity for fundamental reforms of the police and military. In particular, he laid emphasis on the need to dispose of or simplify many of the structures and investigative authorities. The current duplications and the size of the authorities make it difficult to control them effectively and it leads to corruption.

April 8, 2010

School of Political Studies

Prof. Oberreuter: „Democracy is facing serious challenges“

On April 8, Prof. Dr. Heinrich Oberreuter delivered the opening speech to this years Ukrainian School of Political Studies organised by the Laboratory for Legislative Initiatives and supported by the Council of Europe, the Embassy of Japan and the KAS. In his discourse to „Today`s Challengenes for Democracy“ Prof. Oberreuter mentioned, among other things, the conflicting tension of the basic consensus of values, necessary for democracy, with individualised media society.

March 31, 2010

Publication

Ukraine in the World

On March 31, KAS presented its newest publication „Ukraine in the World“ in Kyiv. This bilingual manual (English/Ukrainian) contains commented statistics from the sphere of economy, politics, society, public health and education. To make it easier for the readers to understand, the statistics are accompanied by short comments and explications. Every year a new edition containing up-to-date information will be published. The handbook is available for free at the KAS.

March 31, 2010

Interactive Seminar

„Ideologies are Instruments“

„Ideologies are instruments which can be helpful to systematically solve current political problems“ This result was reached by the participants of the School of Politics held from March 26-29 in Donezk. To end their 3-day-seminar the participants created and presented party programmes which tackled the problems of a fictional country in the field of education, economic integration and migration. By doing this they learned about current political ideologies.

March 25, 2010

Training for journalists

A better understanding of EU-Ukrainian relations

On March 23-24, journalists from the south-eastern region of Ukraine took part in a workshop about press coverage of EU-related stories. It was organised by the KAS and the Academy of the Ukrainian Press in Mariupol on the shore of the Sea of Azov. The journalists were confronted with common mistakes and problems of the Ukrainian press coverage and they talked about possible causes. The workshop gives journalists background knowledge and helpful advise for their daily use.