Eastern neighbours

Successes and failures of supporting Ukraine from the local, Polish and EU perspective

Since the Euromaidan Revolution and with European Union’s support, Ukraine has made progress on implementing necessary reforms. However, in endorsing Ukraine, Europe and its member states made several mistakes. What are implications for the EU from the last three years of Ukraine’s transformation and the Minsk process? Which expectations has Ukraine failed to meet?

By Andrzej Mendel-Nykorowycz

A New Attempt to Resolve the Ukraine Conflict

There can be no normalisation of the relations with Russia as long as Moscow leads a war in the eastern Ukraine. This articles examines a new attempt to resolve the Ukraine conflict.

By Ralf Fücks, Marieluise Beck

International Working Group: Thinking about a Common European Future

Press-Statement: Civil society actors and think tank experts from Poland, Ukraine, Russia and Germany have met in Potsdam on 22-23.09.2015  to confer on the crisis of the European security order and on ways out of the current political-military conflict between Russia and Ukraine.


The Minsk (dis)agreement and Europe’s security order

The annexation of Crimea by Moscow, and then the provocation and support of the separatism in Eastern Ukraine were the beginning of an ongoing armed conflict. Two years ago in Minsk an agreement was made whose official objective was to restore peace in Eastern Ukraine. The analysis outlines the significance of this conflict in the context of discussions on the model of European security and of Russia’s policy on the West. The authors present the risks associated with the process of implementing the Minsk agreement and conclude with several conclusions for EU policy.

Diverging Voices, Converging Policies: The Visegrad States’ Reactions to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The annexation of Crimea and the hybrid war against Ukraine pose fundamental challenges for the European Union, especially its unanimity. Given a differing stance of the Visegrad countries, the publication analyses reactions of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic focusing on their historical experiences, public opinions, economic relations, and energy- and foreign policy.

Eastern neighbours

The Warsaw Regional Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation appreciates Polish aspirations and achievements within the European Neighbourhood Policy and the enlargement of the EU, especially in its Eastern dimension. Therefore, it has for many years supported debates about the future of the relationships between the EU and its Eastern neighbours, especially with Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. In the meetings we organize, and in the projects of the partner organisations that we support, we aim to deepen the dialogue between East and West, between the old and the new member states of the EU. Furthermore, we search for a political consensus to promote good neighbourhood relations.