Well, a week before the crucial runoff presidential elections in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) receives on Friday the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko.

In the discussions in the Chancellery in Berlin during a joint lunch, including bilateral relations, the internal political situation in Ukraine and the further implementation of the Minsk agreements. Only a few hours later, Poroshenko visited Paris, France’s head of state, Emmanuel Macron. This will already meet previously Poroshenko’s Challenger, the actor Volodymyr Selenskyj to a conversation. Merkel had been accused by critics of the election campaign help, because she expected only Poroshenko.

Poroshenko is fighting on 21. April in a runoff against a political newcomer Selenskyj to the President. Both candidates stand for a clear Western orientation in the EU-seeking Ex-Soviet Republic.

Merkel wants to speak with Poroshenko in addition to the location on the 2014 Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula also continue on the floor at the end of the implementation of the Minsk peace agreement for Eastern Ukraine. There government have been fighting for more than four years, troops and separatists, supported by Russia. According to UN estimates, about 13 000 people have been killed in the conflict so far.

The French President’s office recalled that France and Germany in the so-called Normandy Format in the Ukraine conflict. To belong to the four-round, the Ukraine and Russia. Because of the annexation of the black sea Peninsula of Crimea by Moscow and the war in the East of Ukraine between government soldiers and Pro-Russian separatists are excited to see the relations between the two neighbouring countries. The Normandy is named after the place of the first meeting.

according to A survey of the 41-year-old comedian Selenskyj standing in front of a house of high victory. He can hope for more than 71 percent of the votes, as published on Thursday data from the Ukrainian survey Institute rating group. The 53-year-old incumbent, Petro Poroshenko, would be voted out of office accordingly, with under 30 per cent clear. However, nearly 20 percent of Ukrainians are still undecided. Approximately 30 million Ukrainians to decide about the new head of state for the next five years. The first election of the political newcomer Selenskyj had already decided, with a little more than 30 percent.

dpa

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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