Thursday, 4 December
About the event
A year ago, protests at Maidan Square triggered a chain of events that resulted in the overthrow of the corrupted and de-legitimized President Janukovych. They also served as pretext for Vladimir Putin to exploit the chaotic situation and annex the Crimean Peninsula followed by a disguised warfare in Eastern Ukraine. Despite the agreed sanctions by the EU, substantial cracks among member states became visible.
Hungary and the Czech Republic criticized the economic sanctions and downplayed the significance of the Russian aggression. This was in strong contrast to the position of Poland and the Baltic States which felt directly threatened and called for more action. Is there a threat of new divide within the EU on the stance towards Russia? Why are the reactions of the CEE countries so diverse? What should be the political and economic response of the EU? We invite you to discuss these questions with us.
Petras Auštrevičius MEP, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, ALDE Group
Urmas Paet MEP, Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, ALDE Group
Dirk Schuebel (tbc), Head of Division for Eastern Partnership, EEAS
Csaba Toth, Director of Strategy, Republikon Institute, Hungary
Leszek Jazdzewski, Liberté! Magazine, Poland
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