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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ukraine met the students of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy



Ernst Reichel, the German Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Ukraine since 2016, who used to hold a respective office in Kosovo in 2011-2013, gave an open lecture at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy entitled Ukraine’s Cooperation with Germany. This event was a part of the special course on Modern Economical Politics in Ukraine.

The main topic of the Ambassador’s speech was the cooperation between Ukraine and Germany in the spheres of economics and trade as a part of the Ukraine-EU cooperation. He dedicated special attention to the financial support IMF gives to our state, the activity of European and international investors here, and the common projects the Republic of Germany offers to Ukraine. Mr. Reichel made an accent on his state as one of Ukraine’s key strategic partners, and yet he also highly encouraged our country to widen her international relations.

When it came to the political questions, Mr. Ambassador first of all draw the students’ attention to the importance of reforms (with a special emphasis on the Anti-Corruption Court Project) and to the problem of corruption which slows down the progress of Ukrainian economics.

The Q&A session was very active. Here are the impressions some of the students shared with us:

The event was very interesting. Meeting an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary is always interesting. Since Germany is one of the leading states of the European region it was curious to hear their position. I learn some new stuff. But we’ve still got many problems. All the diplomats who come to the Academy always mention them. This problems are very important for the Ukrainian people, but we didn’t manage them yet, unfortunately.”

Vasyl’ Novak (4th year student, Bachelor Program in Economic Theory)

First of all it was very interesting how deep are Mr. Ambassador’s the concerns about Ukraine, and how much he knows about it, in how many details. And also it is clear that this person came here to promote the interests of his own state in Ukraine, and that’s natural. There were some things he explained very clearly, and it’s a great pleasure that he is so open, cheerful, and ready to speak frankly with the students.”

Zoriana Lebedivna (4th year student, Bachelor Program in Political Studies)

 

A report by Olesia Dalebiha, 2nd year Master student, Department of Philology; Strategic Development Center

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