#DFS2021: Normandy after Merkel: The Future of Donbas Peace Negotiations

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As the security situation in Donbas deteriorates, prospects for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine seem more elusive than ever. And with the departure of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel after Germany’s federal elections in September 2021, Ukraine is losing one of its strongest advocates in both the EU and Normandy format negotiations. At the same time, a new US administration means that Washington’s participation in the Donbas negotiations is no longer out of the question.

The panel discussion takes place under the umbrella of GPPi's PeaceLab project which is supported by the Federal Foreign Office. For registration, please click here to go to the GPPi Website

What impact will Germany’s upcoming elections have on the stagnating peace negotiations in eastern Ukraine? Given the current deadlock facing the “Normandy Four”, what is the future of peace negotiations post-Merkel? And what expectations – both from Kyiv and from Washington – will a new German government have to face when it comes to bringing about a peaceful solution in Ukraine?

Leading experts from Ukraine and Germany will delve into these and other questions in an open panel discussion during the German Forum on Security Policy (DFS) on 3 May 2021.
This panel discussion takes place under the umbrella of PeaceLab, a Global Public Policy Institute project supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. The PeaceLab Blog and events aim to promote the debate on peace and security policy in Germany. For more information, visit www.peacelab.blog or follow @PeaceLabBlog on Twitter.


  • Nataliya Gumenyuk, Journalist, Hromadske.TV
  • Roderich Kiesewetter, MdB, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Deutscher Bundestag
  • Torrey Taussig, Research Director, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard University


  • Julia Friedrich, Research Associate,  Global Public Policy Institute

Date: 3 May 2021, 16:00-17:00 CEST
Format: Open panel discussion (in English)
Registration: via the Global Public Policy Institute