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Jena is the first major German city to introduce obligatory face protection for shoppers

Face protection will be required for shoppers in Jena in about one week Jena, which has 119 cases of the coronavirus and an overall population of about 110,000, decided to follow Austria which on Monday said it was requiring shoppers to wear basic face masks in supermarkets. Starting from next week, it will be obligatory […]

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Measures taken by Germany regarding the situation with COVID-19

The number of cases in Germany continues to increase. According to the information released by Robert Koch institute there are 61.913 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Germany. And that’s why local and federal governemt implemented measures regarding the situation with coronavirus.A new federal law was implemented on 28. March for the protection of the public in […]

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Ukraine lagging in reform efforts to prevent corruption of MPs, judges and prosecutors

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO has published its conclusions on Ukraine’s progress in enacting recommendations that were made by GRECO in 2017, on preventing corruption of MPs, judges and prosecutors. Out of 31 recommendations, Ukraine has satisfactorily enacted five, with fifteen partially enacted and eleven not implemented at all. GRECO notes that although some laws addressing its […]

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Merkel: Since the Second World War, there has not been a challenge to our country that requires so much of our joint solidarity

Angela Merkel addresses to the public:”It is serious. Since German reunification, no, since the Second World War, there has not been a challenge to our country that depends so much on our joint solidarity. The virus is changing life in Germany dramatically, the Chancellor continued: “Millions of you cannot go to work, your children cannot […]

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Germany: Anti-racism report recommends ways to improve fight against hate crime

CoE: Chancellor Angela Merkel praised for speaking out against hate speech A report by the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) calls on Germany to step up their efforts to prevent and counter extremism and neo-Nazism and to ensure that evidence of online hate speech is transmitted to the police. It furthermore recommends […]

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How will the citizens’ lists be created for special flights to return to Ukraine?

Lists of Ukrainian citizens who urgently need to return home on special flights will create embassies in the countries where they reside. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs about this in its Facebook page. “Lists of citizens who urgently need to return to Ukraine on special irregular flights shall be prepared by embassy or consulate […]

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Ursula von der Leyen proposes temporary restrictions on travel to EU

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday announced plans for temporary travel restrictions on all “non-essential” travel to the European Union (EU), as the continent seeks to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.   “The less travel, the more we can contain the virus. Therefore, as I have just informed our G-7 partners, […]

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An International Event in Munich with Sergiy Zhadan

Sergiy Zhadan’s cultural event took place at the Ukrainian Free University in Munich. Among the guests are Ukrainian and German students of Munich’s educational institutions, professors. Sergey Zhadan starts with his novel “Orphanage”. According to the author, this work is not for “reading out loud”, so after a short abstract, he moves on to reading […]

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The United States and Ukraine Hold Third Cyber Dialogue

USDepartmentofState: The United States and Ukraine held their third cyber dialogue in Kyiv on March 3, 2020.  This dialogue reaffirms the shared commitment to ensure an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure cyberspace in which all states behave responsibly. Representatives of the United States and Ukraine discussed recent national cybersecurity policy developments, 5G security concerns, cyber […]

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Parliamentary integrity, transparency and accountability: seminar for members of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada

CoE: A seminar on parliamentary integrity, transparency and accountability took place on 27-28 February 2020 for members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, organised by PACE and hosted by the Parliament of Finland. The event aimed to support the Ukrainian parliament in its anti-corruption efforts, including as regards financing of political parties which it has […]

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Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe plans a monitoring visit to Ukraine

CoE: A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out a monitoring visit to Ukraine, in Kyiv, Fastiv and Tomashivska, from 4 to 6 March 2020, to assess the implementation of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government which the country ratified in 1997. […]

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2019 is the first year without Eiswein

DeutschesWeinInstitut: The 2019 grape year is to be remembered here in Germany as the first year in which the Icewine Harvest failed nationwide. „Aufgrund des milden Winters wurde in keinem deutschen Weinbaugebiet die für eine Eisweinlese erforderliche Mindesttemperatur von minus sieben Grad Celsius erreicht. Und die kommenden Tage lassen ebenfalls keine frostigen Nächte mehr erwarten“, […]

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EU Statement on the Security Situation in and around Ukraine: conflict in Ukraine ist a bleeding wound on the European continent

OSCE Secretariat: During the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation that was held in Vienna, Austria, European Union made a statement about the situation in and around Ukraine. In it’s statement, EU urged countries to find the solution to end this ongoing conflict in Ukraine:” The conflict, which started six years ago as a consequence of […]

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OSCE Representative Désir calls on Ukrainian authorities to find swift and effective solution for unblocking accounts of public broadcasting company

OSCE: The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, called on the Ukrainian authorities to urgently find an effective solution to lift the blocking of the bank accounts of the public broadcasting company of Ukraine, UA:PBC. According to UA:PBC, on 18 February 2020, the Department of State Executive Service (the bailiff service) at […]

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Germany increases humanitarian aid for Ukraine: Further 4 million euro for activities conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The German Government is increasing its financial support for humanitarian activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Ukraine: in 2020, a further EUR 4.0 million will be provided in addition to the EUR 2.0 million that have already been confirmed. A further EUR 2.0 million is planned for 2021. In total, […]

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Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission raises alarm over the situation in Europe with Ultra-nationalism, antisemitism, anti-Muslim hatred

CoE: Increasing influence of ultra-nationalistic and xenophobic politics across Europe, hate speech setting the tone in social media, rampant antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred, as well as an increasingly hostile environment for NGOs working with vulnerable groups – these alarming trends and new challenges linked to artificial intelligence were outlined by ECRI, the Council of Europe’s […]

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David Zalkaliani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia and President of the Committee of Ministers emphasized about support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine

CoE: The Council of Europe remained concerned about reports of a worsening human rights situation in the Crimea, particularly regarding minorities. “This year marks the 6th anniversary of the illegal annexation of the autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, and the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. […]

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FOODEX Japan 2020

The 45th International Food & Beverage Exhibition FOODEX Japan 2020 is officially cancelled. Ukraine planned for the second time to organize a Ukrainian Pavilion and present the work of leading manufacturers and exporters of quality Food and Agro products. Today, Japan Management Association, the organiser of FOODEX JAPAN 2020, has officially taken the decision to […]

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Council of Europe on the development of cross-border cooperation in Ukraine in the context of European integration

CoE: Current tendencies of cross-border cooperation development in Ukraine and other European countries, as well as the activities of the Council of Europe and other international organizations on the development of cross-border cooperation, were discussed during the research and development round table “Development of cross-border cooperation in Ukraine in the context of European integration: status, […]

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Shared responsibility between East and West – action by the Catholic Organization for Eastern Europe

Domradio: This year’s “Renovabis” campaign of the Catholic Organization for Eastern Europe will be held on Trinity under the motto “Blessed are those who make peace”. East and West shared responsibility”. “The situation in eastern Ukraine reminds us of how fragile the world is in Europe”, says Renovabis CEO Christian Hartle. Even 75 years after […]

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“Climate security: A musical piece in major or minor tonality?”

John Kerry, an American politician during a meeting in Prinzregententheater in Munich talked about the current situation in the USA, climate change and sustainable lifestyle. The event was a part of the pre-conference events of the Munich Security Conference (MSC). The event has a beautiful and poetic name “Climate security: A musical piece in major […]

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Ukrainian president to take part in the Munich Security Conference

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy will make a working visit to Germany to take part in the 56th Munich Security Conference on February 14-15. In the framework of the conference, the President will deliver a speech at a separate session dedicated to Ukraine, as well as hold bilateral meetings with leaders of foreign states. Besides […]

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What is mentioned about Ukraine in Munich Security Report 2020?

The main topic of this Munich Security conference is #Westelessness “Westlessness” – a widespread feeling of uneasiness and restlessness in the face of increasing uncertainty about the enduring purpose of the West. About Westlessness mentioned a century ago Oswald Spengler in his book “The Decline of the West”. He wrote “today, “the West” is the […]

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Pope and President of Ukraine talked about peace

The situation of humanitarian aid, the struggle for peace, but also bilateral cooperation: these were the main topics that marked the conversation between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj and Pope Francis at the Vatican this Saturday. On Saturday morning Pope Francis welcomed the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Selensky for an Audience, who, according to the Vatican […]

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Eastern perspective: The European Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy under Review

A conference at the Academy for Political Education in Tutzing with the title “Focus on the East” will discuss the topic of European integration and the enlargement of the European Union. The EU has always been considered as a project of peace and stability for the European continent. These aspirations have convinced more and more […]

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Deutsche Bahn signed a Memorandum with ukrainian Ukrzaliznytsia

Over the next few years, Deutsche Bahn will advise and support the Ukrainian state railway JSC Ukrsalisnyzja (UZ) on business and technical matters. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv by Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Kryklii and DB Infrastructure Director Ronald Pofalla. According to the agreement […]

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Dr. Andreas Nick, Head of the German Delegation and CDU Member of the Bundestag: How to bring Ukraine and Russia together

Bundestag: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe PACE has once again called on Russia to stop the military aggression against Ukraine and has recognized the Russian Federation as a party to the Minsk agreements. This is clear from the resolution on the progress of the countries under the observation of the Parliamentary Assembly, […]

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Exhibition “SHATTERED” shows the changes that the war in Donbas brought into the life of ordinary people

The Gasteig and the non-profit organization Handicap International (HI) opened the exhibition “erschüttert – Einschläge, die alles ändern” . The exhibition is open until 09.02.2020 in the foyer of the Glashalle, 1st floor. The award-winning photojournalist Till Mayer shows people whose lives have been devastated by war or armed conflict. He presented their stories on […]

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo travels to Ukraine The Secretary will travel to Kyiv on January 30, where he will meet with President Zelenskyy, Foreign Minister Prystaiko, and Defense Minister Zahorodnyuk to highlight U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Secretary will also attend a wreath-laying ceremony at St. Michael’s to honor those who have fallen in the Donbas, and […]

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EU-Ukraine Association Council: the EU reiterated its unwavering support and commitment to Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders

The EU reiterated its unwavering support and commitment to Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, says the joint press statement following the 6th Association Council meeting between the EU and Ukraine . Both sides reiterated their strong condemnation of the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts […]

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PACE decides to open monitoring of Poland over rule of law

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has voted to open a monitoring procedure for Poland over the functioning of its democratic institutions and the rule of law, declaring in a resolution that recent reforms “severely damage the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law”. Poland joins ten other Council of […]

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Fabulous nightshots by the American photographer O. Winston Link (Kunstfoyer Munich)

Retrospective of the fantastic night shots and morning colors produced by the American photographer O. Winston Link in the Kunstfoyer in Munich. America’s last steam trains of the Norfolk & Western Railway in motion in the 1950s. With 120 high-quality photographs, sound recordings, working sketches and “making of” another highlight for all fans of photography […]

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Where to go in Germany in 2020?

Germany is a very diverse country. The modern world is situated there along with the medieval, high technologies with beautiful nature and rich cultural traditions. And holidays in this country can also be very diverse: beach and ski resorts, historic cities, museums with masterpieces of painting, sculptures. We gathered for you interesting events that will […]

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Holland no more: Dutch government officially changes nickname

Government of the Netherlands: The Dutch authorities have decided to rebrand their country’s international image, with a switch from calling it ‘Holland’ to ‘The Netherlands’. The Netherlands and the Kingdom of the Netherlands can be recognised internationally by a new logo. The logo is characterised by two symbols: NL and a stylised orange tulip. The […]

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Croatia’s EU Council presidency: What is mentioned in the Programme About Ukraine

Eurointergration: On January 1, 2020 started the Croatian Presidency of the EU Council, the leading institution of the European Union. This was reported by a correspondent of the European Truth. The Balkan state representative will chair the EU Council for 6 months, after which he will transfer the German presidency. The presiding state can influence […]

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Merkel noted in her New Year’s speech the German Chairmanship of the Council of the European Union and encouraged not to be afraid of change

Bundesregierung: Angela Merkel in her New Year’s Eve speech encouraged Germans not to be afraid of changes and noted that now more than ever, Germans need “the courage to think in a new way, the strength to leave behind well-known paths, the desire to decide on something new and the determination to act faster”. Merkel […]

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Happy New Year!

Dear our readers! Thank you for being with us in 2019. We are happy to meet friends and colleagues from Germany, Ukraine, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Scandinavia and the Baltic States. We wish everyone a good New Year holidays. Let’s be together! Together we create good things and with our information […]

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Third Ukrainian Women’s Congress

coe: The Ukrainian Women’s Congress was held in Kyiv, bringing together about 90 speakers and about 700 participants. The annual event brings together activists, top politicians, think tanks and experts to discuss the current situation, challenges, and successes in promoting gender equality in Ukraine and beyond. During the two days of intense discussions, 9 debates […]

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Fighter for the freedom and independence of Ukraine, veteran of the anti-terrorist operation in Ukraine Olga Benda was awarded the International Human Rights Award One of the heroines of the book “Girls cut their hair”, a veteran of ATU / OOS Olga Benda (Tarasevich), who lost her limb in the war, was awarded the medal named after Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt. Olga Benda was the first Ukrainian to receive this honorable award for the protection of human rights, thanks […]

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Germany contributes 1 million euros to the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2021 At the beginning of December Germany confirmed a contribution of one million euros to the Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Ukraine. The Council of Europe Action Plan supports reforms in Ukraine to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law. To discuss the implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan for […]

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EU report: Implementation of reforms continues to bring EU and Ukraine closer together

European Commission: According to the EU report published today Ukraine has adopted important legislation and strengthened institutions, as demanded by the Ukrainian citizens. The next step in the process is to improve the business and investment climate. “The Association Agreement continues to bring the European Union and Ukraine closer together. Thanks to this agreement, the […]