Russia is once again facing the need to choose among the options of civilisational development. Eugene Gontmaher and Nickolay Petrov discuss the current state of relations between Europe and Russia, factors that may influence them, as well as why Russia’s ability to make a leap forward into the future hinges on the country’s adherence to humanistic values. They believe that, given the current state of things, expert community being mindful of its responsibility towards the society should resume the dialogue about the country’s future at all levels. In the light of this European Dialogue expert group initiated a new project that is called European Russia featuring a sequence of both internal discussions about Russia’s European path as well as dialogues with international experts on mutual experience of tackling common threats
At first glance, when it comes to values, Russia may seem very close to Europe. However, the case is far from being that clear. Nickolay Petrov talks at a conference in Berlin about how Europe is seen in Russia from the perspective of space, time, and ideology.