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January 12, 2010

Before the presidential elections

Tense quiet before the first round of the elections

A few days before the first round of the Ukrainian presidential elections one can experience a tense quiet in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. The positions of the most favoured candidates for president differ mostly in style not in their contents. There should be no surprises in the first round on January 17; thus Viktor Yanukovych and Yulia Tymoshenko are supposed to compete against each other in the second round on February 7.

December 25, 2009

Merry Chrismas and happy New Year!

We wish all partners, friends and acquaintances of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Ukraine a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

December 23, 2009

Presidential elections

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) publishes the Electoral Guide Ukraine 2010

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Ukraine publishes the Electoral Guide Ukraine 2010. In this publication one can find all relevant information with regard to the Ukrainian presidential elections in January and February 2010. It provides both a detailed description of the Ukrainian electoral law and eventual problems and manipulations as well as a presentation of the presidential candidates and their political programmes.

December 14, 2009


Remembering for he future

From December 10-12 the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in Kiev in cooperation with the Institute for Political Education organized another seminar on the topic of coming to terms with the past in Luzk. The German politician and publicist, Vera Lengsfeld, the former dissident Myroslaw Marynowytsh and the professor for history at the National Taras Shevchenko University, Wolodymyr Sergijtshuk were – among others – referees at the seminar. Special attention was paid to the issue of OUN/UPA.

December 7, 2009

Change in leadership

Hans-Gert Pöttering is the new chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)

The former president of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, was elected new chairman of the foundation by the general meeting of the KAS. Simultaneously, the outgoing chairman and former prime minister of Rhineland-Palatinate and of Thuringia, Bernhard Vogel, was elected honorary chairman of the foundation. The change in leadership will take place on January 1, 2010.

December 1, 2009

Panel discussions in Chmelnyzkyj

Understanding the European Integration

On November 30 the KAS Ukraine organized together with IEAC two panel discussions in the town council of Chmelnyzkyj and at the University of Chmelnyzkyj. The relevant issues in both discussions were the euro-atlantic integration of the Ukraine and the perspectives of European Integration with emphasis on the Eastern Partnership. The Rumanian ambassador presented in his statement the development of the relationships between Romania and NATO and Romania and the EU before the accession.

November 23, 2009


Remembering for he future

From November 19-21 the KKonrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in Kiev organized another seminar “Remembering for the future” in cooperation with the Institute for Political Education in Simferopil (Crimea). The main topics of the discussions addressed the role of the media in the formation and the overcoming of stereotypes, the identity policy in the Ukraine and the historical development of Crimea with the focus on Crimean Tatars.

November 18, 2009

Political discussions

Difficult political situation in the Ukraine in the run-up to the presidential elections

On November 13 Christian Kremer, the deputy secretary-general of the EPP group, and Nico Lange held talks with some leading politicians of the Ukraine. The very difficult financial situation of the country, the cooperation with the IMF, the gas deliveries from Russia and the situation of the Ukrainian EPP associate parties were topics on the agenda. Another issue was the eventual participation of president Yushchenko and prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko at the forthcoming EPP congress.

November 13, 2009

KAS Club

Challenges for the European Union

Economic policy on the basis of the concept of social market economy and political decisions with regard to the climate change – Christian Kremer, the deputy secretary-general of the EPP regards these topics to be the current challenges for the European Union. On November 12, 2009 he discussed with the participants of the KAS Club topics regarding the European Union, the relations between the EU and the Ukraine and the forthcoming EPP summit on social market economy in Bonn in December 2009.

November 12, 2009

New handbook

EU in the pocket

On November 11 Professor Ivanov from the Academy for Ukrainian Press and Nico Lange presented the new EU handbook “EU in the pocket”. This new publication of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) summarizes intelligibly all facts regarding the European Union and its institutions after the Treaty of Lisbon, the relations between the EU and the Ukraine and some statistical data concerning economy and society. Within a very short time the first edition was nearly completely exhausted.