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Christian Democracy: Principles and Policy-Making

For decades Christian Democratic parties shaped the politics of numerous European countries while also playing a major role in initiating the European integration process. Named after the first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1964, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is tied to the values of Christian Democracy. Our founding belief is the Christian understanding of man. All individuals should be treated with dignity. On this basis principle, the KAS has been advocating the advancement of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and the principles of the social market economic model. more…

Dr. Gerhard Wahlers, Dr. Nino Galetti, Karsten Grabow, David Jonathan Grunwald, Manfred Agethen, Prof. Dr. Rudolf Uertz, Reinhard Willig, Matthias Schäfer, Christine Henry-Huthmacher, Christopher Beckmann, Dr. Patrick Keller, Dr. Helmut Reifeld, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stock | December 9, 2010

Van Rompuy encourages Europe

800 citizens listen to the first „State of Europe“ address at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin

„Today, Europe’s 500 million citizens have the foundation on which to build a better Europe in the future,” said Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council in the first „State of Europe“ address. Van Rompuy used this address to promote a confident and strong Europe in front of an audience of 800 citizens at the historic Pergamon Museum in Berlin. more…

Event Reports | November 9, 2010

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. more…

Nico Lange | Country Reports | November 9, 2010

The first 100 Days after Change of Power in Ukraine

Authoritarian Tendencies and Rapprochement with Russia

Within the first weeks after Viktor Yanukovych's victory in the presidential elections, a small group close to the president and the new prime minister Mykola Azarov has swiftly taken extensive control of the country. The parliament plays only a minor role. The opposition and the free media are under pressure. Besides, the new government has addressed the country's enormous budget deficit immediately by ratifying a deal to keep Russia’s Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol in exchange for cheaper gas. Several new agreements strengthen the ties with Russia on a long-term basis. more…

Nico Lange | Country Reports | May 27, 2010

Ukraine in the World

Interesting Statistics

The publication “Ukraine in the World” gives some answers to the questions: where do we stand? where do we need to go? how good are our standards of living in comparison to other countries? who are the best ones – in our region, in our neighborhood, worldwide? The chosen combination of popular and less known statistics and indicators serves to demonstrate Ukraine’s ranking with reference to the different areas of life. To make these figures more understandable for the reader they are supplemented with short comments and explanations. more…

March 30, 2010