European Russia

"Just the fact that we started to debate if Russia belongs in Europe over again indicates that we are back in Europe"

On November 23 a roundtable discussion “Go, Russia. But where to? To Europe or out of it?” took place in St. Petersburg. Prominent Moscow and St. Petersburg experts in international relations, social philosophy, history, political science and geography took part in it. Here are key conclusions written down by Nickolay Petrov, member of the European Dialogue Expert Group over the course of the debate

Go, Russia. But where to? To Europe or out of it?

On November 23 St. the European University of St.Petersburg is hosting a roundtable discussion within the framework of The European Russia series of talks, organised by the European Dialogue Expert Group with support from Konrad Adenauer Foundation Russia

Time to meet. Irina Prokhorova, NLO Publishing house, editor-in-chief

On Friday, November 23rd, Blagosphere centre will host an open interview with Irina Prokhorova, editor-in-chief of Novoye Literaturnoye obozreniye publishing house. This is another talk in a series of open interviews under From the European Point of View project, which is organised by the European Dialogue Expert Group with support from Konrad Adenauer Foundation Russia

Alexander Auzan: “A nation has certainly emerged in Russia despite all its ethnic and cultural differences”

On October 25th, Blagosfera center hosted an open interview of Eugene Gontmakher, member of the European Dialogue Expert Group with Alexander Auzan, head of Department of Economics, Moscow State university. This is the second talk in a series of open interviews, which is organised by the European Dialogue expert group with support from Konrad Adenauer Foundation Russia. Our next interview will be with Irina Prokhorova, editor-in-chief of the Novoye Literaturnoye Obozreniye publishing house

European Russia. How can we boost confidence in people and state institutions in Russia?

Under the "European Russia" project the European Dialogue group talks to experts about values and understanding of these values shared by the Russian and the European nations. Elena Nikishina, Head of Institute of National Projects and associate professor, Department of Economics, Moscow State University has told us about the correlation of individualistic values and confidence with economic growth and the quality of political and economic institutions. We also discussed how students’ vision changes as they advance from course to course and what the government should have done to reduce resentment caused by the pension reform

European Russia. How does the conservative turn in Russia correlate with conservatism in Europe and the US?

The European Dialogue as part of the European Russia project holds a series of conversations about the values and value orientations of Russians and Europeans. We talked to Andrey Melvil, Director of the Department of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Higher School of Economics, about crisis of the liberal doctrine in Russia and Western countries, about the situational understanding of conservatism and liberalism, and about factors determining the traits of modern Russian conservatism.

Markus Ederer: “When in Russia I always see pictures of European life and no Genghis Khan around”. An open interview with Markus Ederer, EU ambassador to Russia

On September 24th Blagosfera center welcomed Markus Ederer, EU ambassador to Russia, who was interviewed by Eugene Gontmakher, economist and a member of Civic Initiative Committee. The interview kicked-off “From the European Point of View” series of talks, which was organised by the European Dialogue expert group with support from Konrad Adenauer Foundation. A heavy Moscow rain did not deter several diplomats including ambassador of Belgium, minister-counsellor of Poland, a representative of a German embassy as well as many students from visiting the event. Other meetings from this series will take place on October 25 and November 23

European Russia. Why does Europe see a growing demand for populism and Russia - for a national idea?

Under the European Russia project the European Dialogue group talks to experts about values and understanding of these values shared by the Russian and the European nations. Our conversation with Edward Ponarin, Laboratory of Comparative Social Studies, Higher School of Economics, Head, highlights the way religion influences diversity of values in Europe, why Russia sees an increasing demand for developing a grand national idea and how the government capitalises on this demand

European Russia. How and where do the basic values of Russians change?

Under the European Russia project we talk to experts about values and understanding of these values shared by the Russian and the European nations. Vladimir Magun, Head, Laboratory of comparative studies of mass mentality, Higher School of Economics, Head, Personality studies department, Sociology Institute, Federal Scientific Center for Sociological Studies, Russian Academy of Science, told us about the values, which Russia lacks to boost its economic growth and why conservative u-turn and public rhetoric, which puts state interests above the personal ones are misaligned with value-affecting changes that happened 10-15 years ago.

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