(Re-)Generation. Generational Change in Ukrainian Politics?

The recent presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine have become an “expiration date” for many established political forces that have received no or significantly fewer posts in the new constellation of power in the country. With more than 80% comprised by the newcomers, the setup of the current Ukrainian parliament serves as the best indicator for a public demand for “new faces” in Ukrainian politics.

At the same time, while the electoral campaigns of 2019 have clearly revealed that Ukrainian political landscape is in need of fresh perspectives, the question still lingers on, what values and practices do the political novices, amongst which are a wedding photographer and a pizza maker, can bring to the political culture of Ukraine?

The average age of newly elected ministers is 39 years. Therefore, Ukrainian officials are six to ten years younger than their foreign counterparts. What difficulties do new politicians face? Will inexperience remain a synonym for non-corruption? How are they perceived by experienced foreign colleagues? Will the generational change lead to fundamental political transformations, the electorate is longing for?

Participants of the discussion

Yevgenia Belorusets
photographer, artist and writer, Kyïv-Berlin

Serhiy Leshchenko
journalist and Ukrainian politician, deputy of the Verkhovna Rada 2014-2019, Kyïv

Dr. Andreas Umland
political scientist, publicist and Eastern European expert, Kyïv-Berlin

Moderation: Dr. Gesine Dornblüth (Berlin)


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Please register until 19 November.

Datum: 21.11.2019

Zeit: 18:00

Repräsentanz der Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin