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

Eugene Gontmakher: Russia stands to make a civilisational choice

The European Dialogue expert group together with Blagosfera centre and supported by Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Germany, kicks off series of public talks called “From the European Point of View”. The Snob magazine provides information coverage to the event and during the first talk Eugene Gontmakher, Professor, Higher School of Economics, and a member of the European Dialogue expert group looks into the significance of “Russia belongs in Europe” narrative in the context of defining Russian national idea

Awareness campaign. What are the implications of cooperation and membership in international organisations for Russia?

In fairness, recently passed law by Duma, which establishes supremacy of Constitutional Court’s rulings, does not necessarily mean that the country is about to drop international law standards. On its path to democracy Russia has adopted a great deal of international law principles turning them in integral part of its own legal system, and scrapping them all may turn out to be tricky

Scandinavian populism. Has Sweden had a narrow escape from a disaster at its recent parliamentary elections?

Not only in Russia was September 9th a single voting day: Swedish voters also went to the polling stations on that day to exercise their right to vote in general national elections with over 20% supporting Swedish Democrats, populist anti-immigrant party. Since experts expected the ultra right to fare even better, the results of recent elections are perceived as a victory of progressive forces. However, loss of majority in Rigsdag by socialists brings new political risks related either to minority government or grand political coalition. In both scenarios the new cabinet is unlikely to resolve all problems, which fuel popularity of the ultra right forces in Sweden, namely unemployment and difficulty of integrating 1st generation migrants in society.

Economy during the crisis of liberalism

We publish one chapter from a future book on liberalism, which looks deeper into how well modern economy is doing whilst its underlying liberal ideas are undermined by a crisis

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.

Euro Digest: review of publications on Russia and Europe for the 2nd half of August (15.08-01.09)

Traditional Euro Digest, containing articles and researches on Europe and Russia for the last two weeks of August 2018. In this issue you will find — articles by European experts and journalists attempting to look if there is any ground for rapprochement between Russia and EU after Vladimir Putin met Angela Merkel in Meseberg this August, — new collection of materials from Institute if Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences containing analysis of political, economic, and social situation in Germany in 2017 — research by American political scientists on how illegal refugees adapt to increasingly strict regulations barring them from entering and staying in the European Union — Analysis of debate between politicians and political scientists on Spitzenkandidaten mechanism used during elections to the European Parliament.

Populism. Evolution in Russian politics

A group of like-minded social activists and experts from think tanks in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Germany held a number of meetings starting from autumn 2015 in an attempt to imagine new security layout in Europe, discuss possible scenarios of the European future, explore solutions to the crisis between Russia and Ukraine as well as Russia and the West. Following a number of meetings the group has prepared an analytical report highlighting possible solutions for these problems. Below you will find the third part of this report on populist movements and sources of their origin in Russia and Europe

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