Russia and Europe

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.

Cinema. What is the difference between Russian and European cinema industries?

Nominations of Academy Awards, world’s most prestigious cinema award, have recently been announced. European movies make it to the final shortlist every year. This year the nomination was won by “The Favourite” by Yorgos Lathimos. Usually European movies always stand out in shortlists for Foreign Language Film nomination. In recent years Russian films have also been short listed, however, as compared to European film industry its Russian peer produces considerably less films that catch the eye of the Academy Awards jury. Why so? We tried to answer this question and looked into what could be done to change the situation for the better

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

Euro Digest. A collection of publications on Russia and Europe for the last two weeks of October and beginning of November

The new issue of the Euro Digest: surprising results polling results in the European Parliament, the implications of Mrs Merkel's step down as party leader, populism as a systemic response to liberalism, election strategies of traditional parties, Britain’s chances for a better deal and more. If you lack time to read long texts, we will give you the gist and key take-aways

Drinking by the rules. How alcohol industry is regulated in Russia and Europe?

Strict regulation of alcohol sales have accustomed Russians to show passport whilst buying alcohol to confirm their legal drinking age. However, coming to a European country like Italy you can forget about this rule. At the same time Europeans tend to get very surprised that in Russia buying alcoholic drinks is hardly a problem despite all the restrictions. People from the Northern Europe are surprised the most as in their countries alcohol is normally sold in dedicated and often remotely located stores. Our Awareness Campaign column looks into the reasons for taking so different approaches to alcohol regulation and informal attitude to alcohol

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