A Wish List for the Eastern Neighborhood


By Munich Young Leaders

“Germany should harmonize its own bilateral ties to states of the Eastern neighborhood with initiatives of the European Union, particularly the Eastern Partnership and the Common Foreign and Security Policy. Through the EU framework, Germany should

focus on strengthening sound governance and strong institutions in the region, especially to counter Russia’s open as well as covert aggression towards several states of the Eastern neighborhood.”

Hanna Hopko, Munich Young Leader 2016; Head, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine, Kyiv

“The ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict has a lasting negative political and military impact for the whole Eastern neighborhood as well as European security system. Therefore, finding a peaceful solution to it – in close cooperation with other partners from the transatlantic alliance – should continue to be Germany’s foreign policy priority.”

Dominik P. Jankowski, Munich Young Leader 2011; Head, OSCE and Eastern Security Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Warsaw

“The potential of German foreign policy towards its Eastern neighborhood is much higher than the role Germany plays today. Germany should stop pretending to be small. It is more interconnected with the region than most other European states and therefore in an ideal situation to take on a leadership role in shaping EU policy. This policy should be balanced and pragmatic, and it should aim at maintaining stability and security in Europe.”

Sergejs Potapkins, Munich Young Leader 2015; MP: Member and Secretary, Foreign Affairs Committee, Saeima (Parliament) of the Republic of Latvia, Riga

“On the one hand, Germany should continue to consolidate the EU’s policy on issues of European Security, such as the sanctions against expansionist Russia. On the other hand, Germany should proactively foster convergence between Eastern European countries and the EU, and enable the full realization of the political and economic potential offered by Association Agreements.”

Eka Tkeshelashvili, Munich Young Leader 2013; Former Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; President, Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies, Tbilisi

The Munich Young Leaders Program is a joint project of Körber-Stiftung and the Munich Security Conference