Epistolæ Obscurorum Virorum: A New Wave of Attacks on Academic Freedom in Europe

The essay begins with the latest developments related to academic freedom in Europe. First, the article describes the situation of the Central European University and the attempts of the European Parliament to draw attention to the general problem of academic freedom in the European Union and across the world. Then, the authors analyze the main world trends, after which they focus on the European context. Further, the essay draws attention to methodological problems in dealing with the measurement of academic freedom and formulates two main theoretical approaches. At the end, there are several recommendations about crucial points, which should be taken into account when addressing academic freedom

Thirty years of the post-Soviet Europe

Major historical events that happened 30 years ago in 1989 to a large extent determined the way Europe looks today. It was the year when Mikhail Gorbachev started his political reform. Our new project will help to understand how that turned out and what lessons should be learnt for the future

Alexander Asmolov: A university that risks turning into a hypermarket is doomed

On the 21st of February in Blagosfera center Eugene Gontmakher, member of the European Dialogue Expert Group interviewed Alexander Asmolov, former deputy minister of education and head of Personality Psychology Department, Moscow State University. This is the sixth interview in the string of "From the European point of view" talks organized by the European Dialogue Expert Group with support from Konrad Adenauer Foundation Russia. The next interview scheduled for March 21 will be with Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage State Museum

«Ukraine today. Key trends» issue #6

We are delighted to offer you the 6th issue of our "Ukraine today. Key trends" bulletin. This bulletin draws a line under Ukraine's performance in 2018. In this issue: how well do Ukrainian authorities, parties and elite groups fare in the election tests, what happens to the Ukrainian economy, how well many social reforms are progressing, including the decentralization reform, one of the most popular of all. We are closely watching Ukraine so in the end of the bulletin you will find some facts and figures, the results of the health-check that we performed on Ukraine

Liberalism. Theoretical foundation of the liberal world order

Another seminar from "XXI century liberal agenda" series of events took place. The seminar was organized by the European Dialogue Expert Group with support from Friedrich Naumann Foundation Russia. As usual it was a meeting between Russian and European experts who this time discussed crisis of liberal values in the context of international relations. Here are six key points of this two-hour discussion for your attention

Euro-Digest. A collection of publications on Europe and Russia for January 2019

Is Restored Franco-German axis an opportunity or a threat? The euro: twenty years of anti-dollar struggle to no avail? “A fire in the house of Europe” - a worrying manifest of European intellectuals. Russia and nuclear deterrence: no agreement. Getting to digital market through open data. Please read our brief reviews on these topics in the January edition of the Euro-Digest

Liberalism and religion in XXI century

Can liberalism offer individuals, society, church and religion a reliable way to coexist and cooperate? Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the European Dialogue Expert Group organised a round table discussion in order to find an answer to this question bringing together scientists, journalists, European politicians, theologians, and ministers of various religions. We launch a series of publications on the results of the this round table with the first one focusing on the problem setting.

The dark side of decentralisation

Every reform has light and dark sides of its own and Ukrainian decentralisation reform is hardly an exception. We have already told you about its light side and now it is time to take a look at the dark one

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