The absence of violence around the 2015 presidential election and the release of political prisoners have led to existing EU sanctions against Belarus largely being lifted. This has opened up new…
Belarus has become closer to Germany and the EU in recent years. At the same time, the country needs to make progress on important reforms in the fields of democracy and the rule of law.
Since 2014, the Eastern Partnership programme has enabled numerous civil-society organisations in Germany and in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia to play their part as key actors and important partners of governance.
On Friday (29 June), Federal President Steinmeier opened the Blagovshtshina part of the Maly Trostenets memorial site in Belarus. The Federal Foreign Office opened the way for efforts to examine the history of the place also across borders and helped finance the construction of the memorial.
In Minsk, Gabriel spoke about human rights, democracy and the Ukraine conflict. Recently there have been signs that the country is becoming more open towards the EU.