Cross-party cooperation within the EPP

The Russian factor

March 6 Tuesday


March 6, 2018, 15.00 - 18.00


KU Leuven


Norbert Beckmann-Dierkes (Director KAS in Serbia, Montenegro), Michael Gahler (MEP, EPP) and Prof. Lien Verpoest (Director at Center for Russian Studies at KU Leuven)



The EPP member parties encounter difficulties in building a common position regarding the EU’s relations with Russia, demonstrating highly divergent opinions.

Also available in Deutsch

The proposed workshop aims to discuss the effect of the 'Russian factor' on cross-party cooperation and formation of a common political agenda, focusing on the following key questions. How the security threat is emanating from Russia consisting of its disruptive, overt and covert actions and massive anti-western propaganda campaigns is actually influencing party politics at the European and national level? How should the EPP deal with these complex and unwelcome developments if it appears virtually impossible to form a common ground vis-à-vis Russia within its own ranks?

Contact person

Dr. Hardy Ostry

Head of European Office

Dr. Hardy Ostry
Phone +32 2 66931-51
Fax +32 2 66931-62
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Français

Oliver Morwinsky

Research Associate European Office

Oliver Morwinsky
Phone +32 2 66931-52
Fax +32 2 66931-62
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Français,‎ Nederlands