GERMANY – Reference Group’s Dr Frank-Dieter Freiling spoke to eurovision.de clarifying many things. First he said that EBU will be more inolved in the future regarding the orgnisaiton of the Eurovision Song Contest after what happened with the Ukrainian mess this year. Second he mentions the tension between Russia and Ukraine which brought the image of the contest into an embarrassment saying that both countries should be punished. On the Reference Group meeting on June 12th there will be discussions about all these and penalties will be issued. According to Dr Frank-Dieter Freiling, Lisbon is the favourite to host the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest edition but he still insists for all cities to submit their bids.