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The Sunday Show: What Eastern Europe Expects From Trump?
22 January, 2017

This Week on the Sunday Show: What Eastern Europe Expects From Trump?

As Russia keeps advancing on European neighbors and meddling with EU politics even more, we break myths and cliches about what Eastern Europe really thinks and expects from new U.S. President. We gather a group of prominent thinkers and decision-makers from Ukraine, Poland, Georgia and the Baltic countries to figure out the future of Europe's biggest geopolitical storm in decades. Today with the bright minds from Kyiv, Tbilisi, Riga, Budapest we are discussing what EU awaits - in terms of foreign policy, transatlantic co-operation, economy as well human rights and media.

✅  Michal Kobosko, Director Of Wrocław Global Forum, @michalkobosko

✅ Nina Jankowicz, Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow, @wiczipedia

✅ Brian Bonner, The Kyiv Post Editor-In-Chief, @bsbonner

✅ Oleksandr Sushko, Research Director At The Institute For Euro-Atlantic Cooperation

✅ Olena Tregub, Director Of International Programs At Ministry Of Economic Development And Trade, @otregub

✅ Maris Andzans, Research Fellow at Latvian Institure of International Affairs

✅ Pauls Raudseps, Latvian Journalist,  'IR' Magazine Founder, @raudseps

✅ Natalia Antelava, A Freelance Journalist And Co-Founder Of Codastory.com, @antelava

As Russia continues to advance on European neighbours and meddles with European Union politics, Hromadske breaks the myths and clichés about what Eastern Europe thinks and expects from the new U.S. president, Donald Trump.

Hromadske gathered a panel of prominent thinkers and decision-makers from Ukraine, Poland, Georgia and the Baltic countries to discuss the future of transatlantic co-operation, foreign policy, human and media rights under the Trump administration. What should Ukraine and Europe expect?

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“What Ukraine wants from Trump would be at least what it got from Obama,” says Brian Bonner, Editor-In-Chief of the Kyiv Post.

IMG_0152.JPGNina Jankowicz and Oleksandr Sushko. Photo credit: HROMADSKE

Oleksandr Sushko, Research Director at The Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, says that this is the first time since WWII, that the United States president has no enthusiasm about a transatlantic linkage. Trump has criticized not only European leaders but the entire system of transatlantic cooperation. Sushko says it will be a challenge for Trump to “adjust to the reality in which transatlantic connection and transatlantic security is the issue of vital importance.”

According to Nina Jankowicz, Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow, the “Trump administration is not setting a good example of holding up American values abroad.”

IMG_0223.JPGOlena Tregub. Photo credit: HROMADSKE

“We should understand that Trump is a businessman; he looks at money differently than public servants,” says Olena Tregub, Director of International Programs at the Ministry of Economic Development. She adds that this will affect the way he spends his money overseas, but a republican congress would support aid for Ukraine.

According to Michal Kobosko, Director Of The Atlantic Council Poland Office, the Polish government has expressed positive feedback about the new president: “The expectation that Trump will be a person, administration, not easy to talk to, but easier to understand, persuade each other than it was in the past.”

Latvian journalist Pauls Raudseps says, “Trump’s rhetoric is a cause for concern here.” The U.S. President’s consistent praise of Putin has not gone unnoticed in the Baltics.

Georgian Journalist Natalia Antelava says her country is “feeling quite small right now and quite powerless in the face of these changes.”

Balázs Jarábik, a non-resident Scholar at The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, finds similarities in Trump to Hungary’s own Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Hromadske’s Nataliya Gumenyuk spoke to a group of prominent thinkers and decision-makers from Ukraine, Poland, Georgia and the Baltic countries during The Sunday Show on January 22nd, 2017 in Kyiv.