The envisaged cooperation between the Carnegie Moscow Center and the EU-Russia Expert Network on Foreign Policy (EUREN) aims to make a key contribution to Russian and international debates about the challenges the EU and Russia face in their relationship. The main goal of the new project, Russia-EU: Promoting Informed Dialogue, is to establish a platform in Russia for high-quality expert analysis of relations between Russia and the EU.
The EU-Russia Experts Network on Foreign Policy (EUREN) was initiated by the EU Delegation to Russia and the Russian International Affairs Council in 2016 to facilitate interaction between EU and Russian foreign policy experts and think tanks.
Since 2017, EUREN has been part of the EU-funded Public Diplomacy. EU and Russia project. This project offers a platform for dialogue between selected Russian and EU audiences on a broad range of bilateral and global issues.
The project is run in partnership with the EU Delegation to Russia.
Is the German regulator’s suspension of the certification process for Nord Stream 2 technical, or political? Why isn’t Gazprom cashing in while prices are so high, by sending additional gas to Europe? How does the Russian gas giant plan to deal with the global green energy transition?
In the current situation, the main objective for the Kremlin is to maintain a controlled, pro-Russian transition of power in neighboring Belarus. If that means sacrificing closer integration, so be it.
The gas crisis could be a moment of truth for Moldova, which has an opportunity to take energy security more seriously, root out sectoral corruption, implement energy efficiency projects, build capacity to operate on the European gas market, and enhance cooperation with Ukraine. Achieving all this would not exclude Russia, but it would make energy a market issue, rather than a geopolitical one.
Laschet’s personal preferences, if they even exist, will have to contend with a number of other factors shaping German foreign policy. German politicians, including those from the CDU, generally agree that establishing closer ties with Russia is unlikely in the foreseeable future.
The pandemic world has splintered into something akin to self-sufficient national bubbles, and the crisis has shown once again that the European bubble does not include Russia.
Keen to avoid an armed conflict on its own territory, Minsk still has a strong interest in preventing any further escalation of the tense standoff between Russia and NATO in the Baltic region.
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