Dr. Maria Davydchyk

Associate Fellow, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

Areas of expertise

  • European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership of the EU
  • Relations between the EU and Belarus
  • Relations between the EU and Kazakhstan
  • Eurasian Economic Union
  • Social transformation in Central and Eastern Europe

Languages

English, Russian, Belarusian, Polish

Contact

Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-62
Email: davydchyk@af.dgap.org

Dr. Maria Davydchyk is an Associate Fellow of the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. She is currently with the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, previously she worked as a referent on education for the association “Bürger Europas” in Berlin.

She wrote her PhD on “Transformation of cultural policy: culture-political changes after the collapse of the socialist system in Central and Eastern Europe”. She studied cultural science and cultural management as well as international economic relations in Minsk and Ludwigsburg.

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Selected Publications

The price of success, the benefit of setbacks:
Alternative futures of EU-Ukraine relations
by Maria Davydchyk
Davydchyk, M., Mehlhausen, T., Priesmeyer-Tkocz, W., 2018. The price of success, the benefit of setbacks: Alternative futures of EU-Ukraine relations. Futures 97, 35–46. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2017.06.004
This article explores the various futures of relations between the European Union (EU) and Ukraine. After distilling two major drivers we construct a future compass in order to conceive of four futures of relations between the EU and Ukraine.
An Important Election despite Predictable Results
A brief analysis of the presidential elections in Belarus
by Maria Davydchyk
GET Belarus Newsletter, issue no 36, September/October 2015
The October 11 presidential election was the most important political event in Belarus in years. President Alexander Lukashenko, who was elected to a fifth term, benefited from the fragile security situation in Eastern Europe. Although the elections were peaceful, the EU should not be guided by purely pragmatic considerations in dealing with Belarus; it should watch developments in Belarusian society closely.
Category: Elections, Belarus
Ukraine’s Ongoing Trial by Fire
The EU must seek a mediating role in Kiev, and ultimately do more to support civil society
by Maria Davydchyk
Five Questions, January 26, 2014
Ukraine’s Ongoing Trial by Fire
The situation in Kiev is tenser than ever, made no better by foundering talks between President Viktor Yanukovych and leaders of the opposition. These refused to accept offers he made on January 25, dismissing them as delaying tactics. They continue to demand his resignation and new elections. But Yanukovych remains intractable. Fronts have hardened completely. Violence has escalated. DGAP expert Maria Davydchyk comments on Ukrainian power relations and the EU’s potential as mediator.
Category: Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Europe, Ukraine
The Failure of the EU’s Ukraine Policy
It is time to offer Ukraine real prospects for membership
by Ewald Böhlke, Maria Davydchyk
DGAPstandpunkt 9, November 22, 2013, 3 pp.
The Failure of the EU’s Ukraine Policy
Brussels has lost sight of the most important foreign policy concern: providing security and prosperity in its immediate neighborhood. Instead, it is fixated on the wellbeing of Ukraine’s former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, and has imposed the condition of her release. Now, the government in Kiev has provisionally called off signing an association agreement that was planned for Vilnius at the end of November.
Category: European Union, European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Eastern Partnership, Europe, Ukraine, Russia
The EU should focus more on Belarusian society
Lithuania may be in a position to bring new impetus to the strained relations between Minsk and Brussels
by Maria Davydchyk
Five Questions, August 7, 2013
The EU should focus more on Belarusian society
Relations between the EU and Belarus have been anything but a success story. A new low was reached in 2012, when the tightening of EU sanctions led to a diplomatic crisis. But there have been recent signs of détente; Brussels has lifted its travel embargo against the Belarusian foreign minister. “But the EU is still putting too much weight on symbolic gestures. In doing so, it is missing the opportunity to enter into dialogue with society,” says DGAP expert Maria Davydchyk.
Category: European Union, European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Eastern Partnership, Europe, Eastern Europe, Belarus, Russia, Lithuania