A dark day in Europe Statement of Foreign Policy 2014, on Ukraine

#Kiev #Sochi2014 #Ukraine

It is a dark day in Europe. On the streets of one of our capitals, people are being killed. Their demands were simple and natural: democracy, reforms and European cooperation. Their desire was, for a long time, the desire expressed by the entire Ukrainian nation. And this was why we in the European Union, through the Eastern Partnership, opened the door to cooperation, trade, reforms and integration.

We did so because we too were convinced that this was in the interests not only of Ukraine, but of the whole of Europe. But let us be clear about what happened. Last summer, Russia launched a single-minded pressure offensive to make Ukraine deviate from its chosen course. Brutal trade barriers were combined with open threats. And a wavering leadership in Ukraine gave in.

But when they gave in, it was seen as a betrayal by all those people who had hoped for a better future. The European flag flew in Maidan Square as a symbol of the desire for a better future. People wanted to move forwards alongside the rest of Europe – not backwards towards the all too well-known. Without those threats from Moscow and the wavering in Kiev, Ukraine could today have been clearly on its way to a better future.

The International Monetary Fund, with support from us all, was prepared to offer an economic assistance and reform programme. And the door to European political cooperation, and the political solidarity that goes along with it, had been opened.

Not all of the problems had been resolved. But Ukraine was, with broad European and international support, clearly on a path to a better future. But this future of European cooperation was a future that powerful forces did not want to see. And that is where the responsibility for the killings on the streets of Kiev clearly and ultimately lies.

Today, President Yanukovych has blood on his hands. And I am afraid that the path he has now taken will lead to even more suffering and violence. He was the only one who could have prevented the killing – by extending a hand of genuine cooperation to the democratic opposition.

Instead they were shown a fist. People have been shot dead with live ammunition. Peaceful demonstrators. But police officers and others have also been harmed in the violence that broke out. I am afraid that Ukraine is now heading for dark times. The crisis in the country will become deeper and longer. I am deeply concerned.

But the outcome of the violence will be precarious and short-lived. It will die away like a storm on the steppes. What has happened, and is happening, in Ukraine also demonstrates the power of the European dream. A Europe of peace and freedom and cooperation.

And sooner or later, it will triumph in Ukraine too.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs 19 February 2014
Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs Sweden

Erik Zsiga
Press Secretary to Carl Bildt
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email to Erik Zsiga

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Stockholm University of the Arts Call for applications: ten Ph.D. positions

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Stockholm University of the Arts

Call for applications: ten Ph.D. positions

The application process is open until February 28, 2014 (11.59.59pm local time).


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Stockholm University of the Arts (Uniarts) announces ten practice-based Ph.D. positions where the focus is put on the artistic process:

– Two in Choreography
– Two in Media
– Two in Opera
– Two in Performing arts
– Two in Visual Art – in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Art

In addition to formulating an artistic research project in one of the above fields, the applicant should motivate how the project relates to one (or several) of Uniarts’ four profile areas:

– Concepts and composition
– Bodily and vocal practices
– Public engagements
– Technology/materiality/performance (gestaltung)

The admission process will be carried out in collaboration with Konstnärliga Forskarskolan (the Swedish national research school in the field of the arts) and the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts at Lund University.

For more information about the Ph.D. positions, the studies and the employment, and how to apply, please use the links below.

For Choreography, Media, Opera, Performing arts:

For Visual Art: www.kkh.se/index.php/en/research/phd-programme

The application process is open until February 28, 2014 (11.59.59pm local time).

About Stockholm University of the Arts
Stockholm University of the Arts is establishing a research environment that promotes the development of education and research with a focus on high artistic quality, originality, innovation and critical potential.

Investment in artistic research contributes to the strengthening and further development of first- and second-cycle programmes’ specialisations and topicality. Research becomes a dynamic driving force for artistic knowledge development and provides excellent opportunities for collaboration and exchanges with art and cultural life, exerting influence on critical dialogue. The new research environment should be steeped in the overall concepts of transdisciplinarity, performance (gestaltung*) processes and critical encounters.

Uniarts has four fields of research education: Choreography, Media, Opera and Performing Arts. Uniarts’ research strategy identifies four new profile areas: concept and composition, bodily and vocal practices, public engagements, technology/materiality/performance (gestaltung). Stockholm University of the Arts is comprised of the University of Dance and Circus, the University College of Opera, and the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and was established on January 1, 2014.

Stockholm University of the Arts and the Royal Institute of Art have entered an agreement on a research collaboration, including two Ph.D. positions. Hereby visual art is added as a field of research education.

For more information, see www.uniarts.se.

About the Royal Institute of Art
With a history dating back to 1735, the Royal Institute of Art is one of the oldest and most influential higher education art institutes in Europe, offering BA and MA courses in Fine Art, and one-year professional development programmes for professional artists and architects. Since a few years the institute is developing its activities around artistic research including PhD candidatesMejan Residents, and senior researchers.

For more information, see www.kkh.se.

If you have questions about:

– Ph.D. positions in Choreography, Media, Opera, Performing arts, please contact Camilla Damkjaer, Ph.D. Coordinator: camilla.damkjaer@uniarts.se
– Concerning the Ph.D. positions in Visual Art, please contact Åsa Andersson, Research Coordinator:asa.andersson@kkh.se


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