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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

Civilization of Russia: to the West through the East?

On October 25, at 19:00 Blagosfera center will host the second talk in a series of open interviews, which was organised by the European Dialogue expert group with support from Konrad Adenauer Foundation Russia. The series was opened with an interview with Markus Ederer, EU ambassador to Russia. Eugene Gontmakher, member of our expert group asked the Ambassador what it takes to be a European today and where the borders of the European civilisation are. Russia’s relations with the Eastern and Western Europe will be the topic of the second talk

"Russia, Europe, World" writing contest among young Europeists started

The European Dialogue expert group and the Delegation of the European Union to Russia announced a Young Researcher and Expert’s Award, a competition for the best essay and article on relations between EU and Russia or internal policy of the European Union. Applicants are requested to send their papers to the e-mail address of our group info@eedialog.org. Papers are accepted till December 10th. The winners will receive a money prize, an opportunity to have their works published in the leading papers and a paid trip to Belgium to understand better the work of EU institutions

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

Time to meet each other: Marcus Ederer, EU ambassador to Russia

On Monday, on September 24th Blagosfera centre will host an open interview with Marcus Ederer, EU ambassador to Russia. The interview will kick-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.

Strong cities — a key condition for the successful development of the state

The institute of local administration forms the foundation, which supports the state governance system. It is local authorities who engage in communication with people, deal with discontent and are the first to see and accept public response to the governmental initiatives. Not only it is important to ensure their stability but also leave them with the functionality, which was defined through many years of global development. In Russia the role of local administration bodies as self-sufficient institution and an important component of social and governing structure is frequently ignored, laments Emil Markwart, President of European Club of Experts in Local Self-Government and professor from RANEPA. He argues that legislation on local administration bodies becomes a barrier, which restrains urban growth in Russia

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