Why the interdependence of the EU and Russia doesn’t lead to regional stability

Estonian Foreign Policy Institute published the book “Post-Crimea Shift in EU-Russia Relations: From Fostering Interdependence to Managing Vulnerabilities”. The liberal theory supposes that the interdependence had to contribute to regional stability and possibly even the democratization of Russia. Why the expected positive effects of interdependence have not materialized is the main question raised up in the book.

Sergey Utkin: Russian debate on Europe

Dr Sergey Utkin, the Head of the Strategic Assessment Section at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), analyzed what the political elite thinks about the “West” for the European Leadership Network.

Sean Hanley: 1989 is used and misused across the political spectrum

The demonstration against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is the largest protest since the fall of communism in 1989. We found the ideal person to talk about it. Sean Hanley is Senior Lecturer at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London. He is a political scientist specialising in the politics of Central and Eastern Europe, democracy and parties in the Czech Republic, anti-establishment parties and movements. Why is the protest constructed around the symbols of 1989? Why is corruption such a sensitive issue in CEE? How can anti-establishment parties may make democracy role less functional today than it has been in the past?

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

Connection to Europe

Radio Freedom ran a broadcast called “Born after the USSR” about our contest for European-minded experts. Eugene Gontmakher, member of the Steering Committee of the European Dialogue Expert Group, Kiril Zarifullin, one of the laureates, and Taisia Shentseva, a journalist and participant of the award ceremony, took part in the program

Can Italy’s “Government of Change” change all of Europe?

On March 1st it will be 9 months since Italy’s Government of Change took up its duties. Very few in Europe expected to see a coalition of left and right Eurosceptics calling into question the basic principles of European integration in the government of one of the EU founding states, which had been run by the centrists for over 30 years

Time to meet! Ambassador of Austria to Russia Dr. Johannes Aigner

Our next interview in the Dialogues with Ambassadors series will take place on March 1st. This time the European Dialogue Expert Group will interview Dr. Johannes Aigner, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Austria to Russia. Before the interview we publish the ambassador’s biography

Chicanery at the Élysée Palace

By criticising the response of the presidential administration to the Benalla affair the Senate has infringed upon the separation of powers. This is what the government of the Fifth Republic stated after choosing to dodge away from discussing the essence of the report prepared by Philippe Bas’s Senate Commission and deciding to pick on its form

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