The flag of the Ukraine neatly sandwiched in between the European flag and the German Flag.

Merkel, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova…

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.

The whole gang: the leaders of Moldova, Georgia, Germany and the Ukraine. The whole gang: the leaders of Moldova, Georgia, Germany and the Ukraine.

The whole gang: the leaders of Moldova, Georgia, Germany and the Ukraine.

 Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Prime Minister of the Ukraine, speaking at the press conference.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Prime Minister of the Ukraine, speaking at the press conference.

Angela Merkel speaks while Irakli Garibashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia, listens.

Angela Merkel speaks while Irakli Garibashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia, listens.

Angela Merkel and Arseniy Yatsenyuk. She listens while he mimics her famous hands.

Angela Merkel and Arseniy Yatsenyuk. She listens while he mimics her famous hands.

Iurie Leanca, the Prime Minister of Moldova, at the press conference.

Iurie Leanca, the Prime Minister of Moldova, at the press conference.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk in profile.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk in profile.

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