The 8th Europe-Ukraine Forum Has Come to an End

Olga Łabendowicz

The conference organised by Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies on February 15-17 in Łódź gathered in Poland many distinguished individuals, including politicians, economists, journalists, think tankers and many others, who were seeking the possible ways of helping Ukraine develop in the midst of the on-going conflict with Russia. 

Key remarks:

Ukrainians are dying for democracy. They are dying for Europe”.
Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief of Gazeta Wyborcza daily, Poland

It”s difficult to negotiate with a man who isn”t rational”.
Norbert Spinrath, Member of Bundestag, Member of the German-Ukrainian Parliamentary Group, Germany

Russia challenges the very general idea of online casino democracy”.
David Bakradze, State Minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Georgia

Crimea should not be removed from the European agenda”.
Pavlo Petrenko, Minister of Justice, Ukraine

European Parliament will do everything to bring peace to Ukraine”.
Rebecca Harms, President of the Green/EFA, European Parliament, Germany

EU is a hybrid ally – it tends to help but is pragmatic when it comes to confronting Russia”.
Mykhailo Gonchar, President of the Center for Global Studies “Strategy XXI”, Ukraine

Energy has been used by Russia as both, the proverbial carrot and stick”.
Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, Professor, Helsinki University, Finland

We should not be afraid of Russia but follow our own scenario”.
Volodomyr Omelchenko, Director, Energy Programmes, Razumkov Centre for Economic & Political Studies, Ukraine


Liberté! was media partner of the event.

Olga Labendowicz