German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the Prime Ministers of the the Ukraine (Arseniy Yatsenyuk), Georgia (Irakli Garibashvili), and Moldova (Iurie Leanca) this evening in Berlin. Though the excuse was an award, the press conference was about the EU’s policies looking eastwards and the role Germany plays there, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the EU’s major eastward expansion in 2004. The meeting comes on the heels of the Ukrainian presidential election, amidst increased fighting in the country’s east. The evolving situation in the Ukraine was clearly on everybody’s minds.
I had the chance to spend a few days in Prague earlier this month with two of my favorite people. I travel light photographically – often just with my Fuji X100. Especially when I can take the train (ah, internally borderless Europe), I always bring a film camera or two along. Even taking my 4×5″ is a lighter load than the three or four lenses and two or three cameras (and computer) I carry every day for press work. This time I brought my medium format film rangefinder, but also my X100. Here are a couple of shots of Prague, away from all the tourists (which is not easy to do…).
Amnesty International launches their Stop Torture campaign worldwide, including at a press conference in Berlin on 12 May 2014. The Secretary General of Amnesty International in Germany, Selmin Caliskan, discussed the legal and political effects of torture. She pointed out in particular that torture is still common in many countries which have signed the United Nations Convention against Torture and even have their own laws against torture – which adds to a distrust in the legal foundation of countries (Rechtsstaat).
A demonstration is held in front of the German Parliament against the recent killing of students in Ethopia by government security forces, who have been protesting the planned expansion of Addis Abeba into the sorrounding Oromo region. This protest on 9 May 2014 in Berlin, Germany, is part of a day of worldwide demonstrations by members of the Oromo community and their supporters, including human rights groups.