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EM Germany Newsletter CW 08/2023 | War in Ukraine

Almost a year ago, Russia started its extended war on Ukraine and German politics had to admit that it had held on too long and too naively to the principle of “change through trade” with an openly imperialist Russia. Despite the Crimean annexation, the war in eastern Ukraine, the interference in European elections and political assassinations in the middle of Europe, Germany continued to build the Nord-Stream-II Baltic Sea pipeline, accelerating the road to the dead end of energy dependency.

The change of opinion came bit by bit with the new “Zeitenwende” approach. However, the suffering in Ukraine continues and Russia’s brutality is increasing. This makes it all the more important, firstly, to strengthen together in Europe Ukraine with humanitarian, financial and military support and to further isolate Russia on the financial markets and at the diplomatic roundtables. Secondly, the German government – just because of its Nord Stream II project – should proactively advocate for a rapid start to EU accession negotiations with Ukraine. The active participation of social forces in Ukraine will play a key role. We, at EM Germany, will support this idea where we can within European Movement International with our member organisations on the ground. Thirdly, as a lesson of the failed Russia policy, German foreign policy should re-evaluate its relations with autocratic states and review its strategic dependencies together in a coordinated European approach.

Because now it is time to put an end to German unilateral politics with autocratic states. In the interest of its own security, the German government should act instead in a truly pan-European and joint approach based on the European values.


Dr. Linn Selle

President of the European Movement Germany

#EBDGrafik of the week

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Upcoming Events

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16.03.2023 | Europe’s Wars. Europe’s Women. European Wars from the Perspective of Women. Panel discussion of the Network Preis Frauen Europas in cooperation with the European Academy Berlin and the Europa-Union Berlin. The panelists are Jasmina Prpič, Lawyers without Borders e.V., Prize Winner Women of Europe 2012, Mariia Lutsak, Graphic Artist, Painter (tbc), Hana Camdzic, Student, Organizer of the Film Festival „Wake up Europe“ (tbc), Regina Hellwig-Schmid, donumenta e.V.. Lisi Maier, Director of the Federal Foundation for Gender Equality, winner of the Women of Europe Award 2021, will moderate the event.

27.03.2023 | EBD De-Briefing on the European Council with Sibylle Katharina Sorg, Head of the European Department at the Federal Foreign Office and Hendrik Kaelble, Head of Unit EB1 for General European Policy, European Economic and Fiscal Policy at BMWK. The first commentary will be given by Nora Hesse, Head of the Political Team at the Representation of the European Commission in Germany.

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