Diverging Perceptions Between Russia and EU Complicate Solutions in Ukraine
Atlantische Initiative, publisher of atlantic-community.org, has concluded a German-language project "Germany and the Ukraine conflict" in which participants discussed their ideas on the causes and possible solutions for the Ukraine conflict with eminent policy-makers. Following this consultation, all parties deemed Russia a key factor in the conflict's escalation, and civil society the chief actor needed to counter the increasing divergence of perceptions between Russia and the West.
Over six months participants from all over Germany, as well as Ukraine and Russia, outlined their opinions on the causes of the conflict and how to solve it in two rounds of online discussion. A wide variety of thoughts and concepts were presented, showing once again the complexity of the crisis in Ukraine and highlighting worsening Russian-European relations.
After all the submissions had been published and subject to public debate, participants produced a "conclusion paper" in an intensive online collaboration workshop. All users could find information from various German and foreign sources about Ukraine, the conflict and the ongoing reforms on the website. The resources provided anyone with interest in the conflict access to a wide array of opinions and facts; from travel stories to political analyses. The project, funded by the German Federal Agency of Civic Education, aimed at creating an informed, open and constructive debate. The findings of such debate were presented to Gernot Erler, Special Representative of the Federal Government of Germany for the OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 and Oleh Mirus, Minister Counsellor of the Ukrainian Embassy in Berlin, in an open exchange at the closing panel discussion in Berlin this April.
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