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Russia Facing Europe: A Provisional Road Map

Russia and Europe are not in confrontation—unlike Russia and the United States. They are, however, experiencing estrangement and, in some cases, alienation. There are several reasons for this. The erstwhile platform for Russia-EU relations—the 1990s assumption that as Russia “modernizes” and becomes a “normal country,” it will be “more like the rest of Europe”—is gone. A companion assumption that Russia…

Germany’s Pipeline Politics

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian President Vladimir Putin in late August, a key item on their agenda was the proposed construction of a new gas pipeline from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the project, known as Nord Stream 2. This was despite many articles in the international media urging Merkel to pull back. She…

Andreas Umland: Towards a Kyiv-Berlin Axis?

Andreas Umland, a Nonresident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, Principal Researcher of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Jena, as well as General Editor of the book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” and “Ukrainian Voices”, prepared counterintuitive deliberations on a possible future partnership between Ukraine and Germany.…

Opportunities and Risks in Zelenskyy’s New Ukraine

What to make of the new political realities in Ukraine? Both, the presidential and parliamentary Ukrainian elections of 2019 delivered historic results. Ukraine never had a President with so much electoral support (73%), and so little connection to the country’s old political class. Moreover, independent Ukraine never had a parliament with as dominant a party as Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s “Servant of…

Sergey Utkin: Russian debate on Europe

In a new policy brief for the European Leadership Network, Dr Sergey Utkin highlights how Russia’s unique geographical heritage has shaped its relationship with Europe and ‘the West’.  Russia is historically bound to, and culturally influenced by, Europe but it remains outside of ‘political Europe’. Black and white assumptions of assimilation or malevolence have often failed to take into account…

Russia and Europe, Visa-Free: A Pipe Dream or a Real Possibility?

In 2011, Moscow launched an initiative to found a visa-free area encompassing the EU and Russia, the move was not supported by the Europeans. Two years later, in 2013, the EU seemingly warmed to the idea and developed a list of steps to be implemented by both parties, which would culminate in visa liberalisation. The “joint steps” document stressed institutional equality between…

Andrew Wilson: how will Zelensky survive in real life after basically a virtual campaign?

Starting with a general question: what’s your overall impression of the 2019 presidential elections in Ukraine and are the Ukrainians still unexpected  (reference to “The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation” book – Editor) Well, certainly a lot of unexpected things happened in the campaign. We’re finding out a lot more about Zelensky’s past history and according to some sources he planned this…