Russia and Europe

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

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.

Awareness Campaign. Explaining the mechanism of sovereign debt in EU countries

Sovereign debt servicing is one of the largest cost items in the budgets of EU countries. In 2010 the situation around Greek sovereign debt turned into a real stress test both for the eurozone and EU itself. Amid the crisis there were even calls for Greece to leave the eurozone and bleak forecasts predicting crush of the Euro. The European Union has survived once again proving its flexibility and 8 years after on August 20th 2018 the bail-out program for Greece came to an end. Costing around 400 billion euros saving Greek economy resulted in imposing austerity measures and exacerbated social problems in the country. How does sovereign debt system work in other European countries and what economic parameters does sovereign debt impact the most? This is what our correspondent explores in “Awareness Campaign” column

Euro Digest. A collection of publications on Russia and Europe for the first two weeks of September.

Traditional Euro Digest, containing articles and researches on Europe and Russia for the first half of September 2018. In this issue you will find: a more detailed look into 2018 State of the Union Speech of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. The address focused on migration and common defence policy, but unlike the previous speech, barely mentioned reforms inside the European Union. Analysis of the Spinelli Group manifest. An intellectual product of European federalists that outlines their vision EU reforms. European press on the results of the parliamentary elections in Sweden where the ultra-right Swedish Democrats received almost 18% of votes. Back to Sweden again: we have read ECFR research on Sweden’s influence in EU and recommendations on enhancing this influence in the view of the fact that Britain, traditional Swedish ally, is no longer in EU. We have listened to “Asks Judy” expert discussion in Carnegie foundation about populism and ways to contain it both in Europe and across the globe.

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

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

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.

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