The Diplomatic Option or the Military Option? Germany mediates in Ukraine

Since the revolution in Ukraine in February 2014, the country has been destabilised by fighting between pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, and Ukrainian government-controlled forces in the west.

With four EU countries on the Ukrainian border, the conflict became of great concern to the European Union. As Europe’s biggest economy, Germany has had a big role to play in mediation between the two sides.

This week, Chancellor Angela Merkel went to Kiev and Moscow with French president Francois Hollande to discuss diplomatic means of reducing the bloodshed.

On Saturday I spoke to blogger on EU affairs, Jon Worth, to explain the recent developments in the area, Germany’s role in the mediation process and how Germany is affected by the conflict. Take a listen to our full report in the player below.