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Joint fight against Covid- 19 – German support for the work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission SMM

In order to support the OSCE Special Observation Mission in fulfilling its mandate and to ensure that the monitoring mission operates safely during the Covid 19 crisis, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine, Anka Feldhusen, handed over a package consisting of protective gear, breathing masks, protective masks for mouth and nose, […]

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UWC calls on Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to amend the Draft Law on Citizenship

Draft Law #2590 “On amendments to certain laws of Ukraine on citizenship” that is due to be reviewed by Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the coming days and that provoked vivid discussions in the society, must be substantially amended. The Ukrainian World Congress consistently emphasizes the need for liberalization of multiple citizenship upon the condition […]

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Ukraine is planned to close the state border by 15 June 2020 inclusive

Due to the rapid spread of coronavirus, the Government of Ukraine adopted Decree No. 392 of 20 May 2020, which, among other measures, foresees the closing of the State border of Ukraine to foreign flights, scheduled until 15 June 2020 included. Should the situation improve by that date, this date will be changed. All citizens […]

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Foreign media about Ukraine 25.05.2020

Awakow’s Grand Ukrainian Wall At the beginning of the war, the government promised to build a wall on the border between Ukraine and Russia within four years. Why is the project still not finished, what has been done and how are the finances used? Ukraine during the crisis and future developments The Corona crisis also […]

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Joint statement by Human Rights Commissioner Kofler and Coordinator Wiese on the commemoration of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars

On the occasion of the commemoration of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, Dr Bärbel Kofler, and the Coordinator for Cross-Society Cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership countries, Dirk Wiese, stated “76 years ago, on Stalin’s orders, the deportation of hundreds […]

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Chancellor Merkel speaks with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Schmyhal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal spoke today via video conference. They discussed close bilateral and economic relations, the reform process in Ukraine and the security situation in eastern Ukraine. The Chancellor promised the Prime Minister to continue to provide further support to the reform process, especially in the key areas […]

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Coronavirus: Germany to reopen hairdressers and let children return to school

In Germany, the coronavirus spreads slowly compared to the beginning of the epidemic. This makes it possible to implement measures to allow opening in selected areas. On May 6th, federal and state governments intend to discuss the issue again. Starting this week, further steps towards opening in some institutions and service areas are possible: hairdressing […]

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The Federal Government cautions people against unnecessary tourist trips abroad

The Federal Government cautions people against unnecessary tourist trips abroad – and also within Germany. In many countries, restrictions on international air and travel and quarantine measures are expected to become more and more strict. There are contact restrictions and travel restrictions throughout Germany – initially until 3 May 2020. Accommodation should only be provided […]

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Bavaria fines the violation of the obligation to wear masks with 150 euros

Starting this week, all federal states introduced an obligation to wear protective masks on public transport and during shopping. The federal government urgently recommends wearing the protective masks. The implementation of the regulation is the responsibility of the federal states. From now on, there is a compulsory wearing of protective masks in all German states. […]

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How usual is it to work from home?

The social distancing measures that have recently been introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic, have forced many people to work from home; for many of them this will be the first time that they have had to do so. However, how common was working from home before these measures came into force? Informs EUROSTAT In 2019, […]

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With 10 million masks the Antonov-225 aircraft landed in Leipzig

The Antonov An-225, the world’s largest aircraft, has landed in Leipzig. On board, the plane has ten million protective masks from China. The Antonov An-225, also called ” Mriya”, which means “dream”, had its first flight in Soviet times in December 1988. The aircraft was originally intended to transport the space shuttle Buran with a […]

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to officially open Ukraine’s Chairmanship of OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation on Wednesday

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba will address the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) on Wednesday, 29 April 2020, marking the official opening of Ukraine’s FSC Chairmanship. The meeting, which will take place remotely on the Zoom platform, is the first in the FSC’s history to be held completely online. Media representatives are invited to […]

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Mask use will be compulsory on public transport throughout Germany

All federal states have announced plans to make face masks compulsory to combat the spread of coronavirus starting from Monday. The measure will be will apply to public places, shops and public transport. Bremen was the last federal state to support this initiative. The local parliament must confirm the decision on Friday. All types of […]

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Video call on Eastern Ukraine in Normandy format next week

Next week, a video call in Normandy format will be held with the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine on the situation in eastern Ukraine. This was announced by the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, on 22 April. He had agreed on this with his counterparts from the three countries. Maas did not […]

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More recovered in Germany than still infected

Germany registered for the first time more fully recovered coronavirus patients than people still infected with the virus, according to Robert Koch Institut. The Robert Koch Institute reported 64,300 recoveries as of Monday, compared to 123,016 current COVID-19 infections. According to the RKI data, the number of new infections and deaths decreased for the third day […]

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“Our Familiar Hunger” by Laisha Rosnau won the 2020 KOBZAR™ Book Award

The book “Our Familiar Hunger” by Ukrainian writer Leysha Rosnau won the KOBZAR™ Book Award 2020 in Canada. This is announced on the website of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, the founder of the award The book of poetry explores the lives of Eastern European women from the Holodomor in Ukraine and the […]

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Ukraine is among prison administrations with the largest prison populations

Ukraine is among prison administrations with the largest prison populations (52,973), along with Russia (563,166 inmates), Turkey (269,806), UK (England and Wales) (82,236), Poland (72,204), France (70,059), Germany (63,643), Italy (60,125), and Spain (State Administration) (50,612), that shows new annual statistics of Council of Europe on prisons in Europe for the period until end-January 2019. […]

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German Ambassador to Ukraine Anka Feldhusen delivered equipment worth 175,000 euros to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine

Equipment for the fight against Covid-19 worth a total of 175,000 euros was handed over during a video conference between Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine Anka Feldhusen and Chairman of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine Mykola Chechetkin. All this equipment, noted Feldhusen, should help prevent the spread […]

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“Corona is not a joke”

Germany is calling on people who plan to get silly on April Fool’s Day to refrain from making light of the coronavirus pandemic. The health ministry told citizens under the banner of “Corona is no joke” not to make up stories about the pandemic “Corona is no joke”, the department of Minister Jens Spahn tweeted […]

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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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EU Member States granted citizenship to over 15.000 ukrainians in 2018

In 2018, around 672 300 persons acquired citizenship of one of the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU), down from 700 600 in 2017 and 843 900 in 2016. Of the total number of persons obtaining the citizenship of one of the EU Member States in 2018, 13% were former citizens of another […]

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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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Ukraine Closes the state border Until 24 April 2020

To counter the coronavirus pandemic, more and more countries are sealing off their own borders. Due to the rapid spread of coronavirus, Ukraine will also close its national border to all types of international passenger transport by 24 April 2020. The Ukrainian embassy in Germany said: “If the situation improves by then, this date will […]

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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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Bavaria announces state of emergency

Due to the spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, Bavaria’s Minister President Markus Soeder (CSU) has declared a state of emergency in Bavaria. As of today, schools, day-care centers and kindergartens are closed. As of Tuesday, the restrictions on public life will be further extended: No more public events will be allowed, bars, cinemas and swimming […]

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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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Germany says coronavirus cases more than 1110

RKI: According to the Robert Koch Research Institute, the number of confirmed cases of new type of coronavirus infection in Germany increased by 265 per day to 1112 by Monday morning. Germany ranks third in Europe after Italy and France in the number of confirmed cases. The health authorities of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous […]

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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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The Geneva International Motor Show is Cancelled

The 90th edition of the GIMS, which was supposed to welcome the media from next Monday and the general public from 5 to 15 March 2020, will now finally not take place. This is an injonction decision of the Federal Council of 28 February 2020 that no events with more than 1,000 people are allowed […]

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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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Hurricane “Sabine” threatens Germany

“Sabine” has reached the North German coast. In the early afternoon, storm wind speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour and individual hurricane gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour have already reached the coast, said Felix Herz of the German Weather Service in Hamburg: ” Now things are starting”. In the next […]

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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 […]