EPDE observed presidential election in Poland on 10 May 2015

Poland, May 10, 2015

EPDE started its observation on 7 May 2015. The observers group included 40 observers from Germany, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and Sweden and was deployed to Warsaw, Crakow, Lublin, Lodz and Szczecin. The observers met with authorities, election administration, candidates' election staff, local civic monitoring organizations and other election observation missions. On 10 May EPDE observed the voting and vote counting in approx. 120 polling stations in different regions of Poland. The observers provided the Polish authorities and the election administration with some recommendations concerning the election day procedures.

Please find the press release in English, Polish and Russian.

EPDE: Psychiatry instrumentalised to silence Russian election observers

Berlin, May 4, 2015

The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), of which European exchange holds the secretariate, has issued a statement today strongly protesting severe harrassment and intimidation of election observers from the Russian election observer organisation GOLOS. Ludmila Kuzmina, leader of the Samara’ regional branch of EPDEmember organization GOLOS, Russia, has been threatened to undergo a psychiatric examination by the prosecutor's office in April 2015. This sort of repression has been often applied in the late Soviet Union against dissidents.

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Round Table "Weapons, Sanctions or Diplomacy?- The Ways of Deescalating the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine"

Berlin, February 27, 2015

European Exchange in collaboration with German Council on Foreign Relations organised a Round Table aiming at elaborating the ways of deescalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine with leading experts from the EU and Ukraine which took place on February 27, 2015.

The participants of the Round Table agreed upon the necessity of the withdrawal of heavy weaponry, immediate release of prisoners and restoration of control on the Ukrainian-Russian border. Nonetheless some questions remained unanswered. Will Russia stick to the Minsk Agreement? Will the conflict escalate? The experts emphasised the responsibilities all sides of the conflict bare in addressing the issue. The OSCE and the EU should also increase its control and engagement in solving the conflict.

Please find the report on the Round Table here

Round Table "Between Propaganda and Counterpropaganda: "

Berlin, February 19, 2015

European Exchange together with the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum organised a Round Table with experts from Ukraine, Russia and the EU aiming at developing new strategies to combat propaganda in the European information space, which took place in Heinrich Böll Stiftung on December 17, 2014.

All participants of the Round Table concluded that contemporary media faces a double challenge: to counter disinformation and to stop the erosion of public trust in general, as well as to create alternative channels of information for Russian speaking audiences in the post-Soviet countries and the three Baltic states.

The minutes of the Round Table are now available here (English version) and here (Russian version).

Freedom for Anar Mammadli-no preferential treatment for Ilham Aliev

Foto: Franziska Senkel, Berlin

Berlin, January 21, 2015

European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) protested on the occasion of Ilham Aliev's visit to Germany on January 21, 2015 against the suppression of civil society and democratic opposition in Azerbaijan. Together with Reporters Without Borders, Lilia Shibanova (GOLOS, Russia) and Ales Beliacki (Viasna, Belarus), EPDE organized a vigil in support for Anar Mammadli and other political prisoners in Azerbaijan  in front of the German Chancellory in Berlin.

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Human rights situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions

The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group [KHPG], working in cooperation with the German NGO ‘European Exchange’ and representatives of NGOs from the Russian Federation and Germany with the support of the German Foreign Ministry, carried out an international mission to monitor human rights in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in the areas that have been returned to Ukrainian control. The aim of the visit was to investigate the situation in regards to the observance of personal, political and social rights on territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The mission involved three visits to the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts: October 16, November 16-18, and December 25. The monitoring group documented cases of rights infringements in the social sphere, with respect to unlawful detention, unlawful deprivation of liberty, unlawful seizure of people’s property, and disappearances.

The full report as: PDF (EN) | PDF (RU) | PDF (DE)

Public Discussion “Between Propaganda and Counter-Propaganda. The Danger of Disinformation in Europe ”

Berlin, December 17, 2014

European Commission Representation in Germany, Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin

European Exchange invites you to a public discussion with a focus on the dangers of disinformation in Europe with following leading meadia-experts from Ukraine, Russian and the EU: Ann-Dorit Boy, Ivan Rodionov, Peter Pomerantsev, Maria Stepanova.

More information on the event you can find here

Please, confirm your attendance until December 15th 2014 per email to: assistenz@kiev-dialogue.org

Round Table on Human Rights

Berlin, December 16, 2014.

With support of German Bundestag, European Exchange together with Kharkiv  Human Rights Protection Group organizes a round table on human rights issues in East Ukraine, Russia and  Crimea.

The event will be held on December 16, 2014, Deutscher Bundestag, Unten den Linden 71, Room 123. The round table gathers about 15 human rights defenders, representatives of deifferent NGOs and Think Tanks from Ukraine, Russia and the EU. Michael Brand,German Bundestag and SPD Faction are among the speakers.

By invitation only.

Public discussion with civic observers from Ukraine, Moldova and Russia, Warsaw, 11 December, 19.00, Club Chmury

Berlin, 3 December 2014

European Platform for Democratic Elections cordially invites to a public discussion on the recent parliamentary elections in Ukraine and Moldova. The discussion will be held on 11 December 2014 at 19.00 hours in Club CHMURY, St. 11 Listopada, House 22, Warsaw-Praga, Poland. Speakers: Serhiy Tkachenko, Comitee of Voters of Ukraine, Donetsk; Nicolae Panfil, Promo-LEX, Chisinau and Lilia Shibanova, GOLOS, Moscow. The discussion will be held in Russian with Polish translation. After the event there will be an opportunity for further talks and informal networking. For interviews and all other inquiries please contact EPDE team: info@epde.org.


Election Party on the Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

Berlin, October 26, 2014

On Election Day the European Exchange together with the Euromaidan Wache Berlin organized an election party at the “Club der polnischen Versager” in Berlin. About one hundred guests, participants of the Ukrainian Community and social activists, watched the election results and listened to the comments of Serhij Tkachenko, Committee of Voters of Ukraine, Kiev (Donetsk) and Anastasija Matvienko, Committee of Voters of Ukraine, Odessa. The first election results and the possible coalition formations in the Ukrainian Parliament were discussed together with Stefanie Schiffer, European Exchange, Inna Melnykovska, Free University of Berlin and Oleksandra Bienert, Euromaidan Wache Berlin.

More information on the event you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/events/305381206328356/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar