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Ring of Friends or Ring of Fire?

Eastern Europe between the European and Eurasian Union

Russia and the European Union offer two completely different models of integration to the countries in their common neighbourhood. The EU offers help with modernization and economic reforms, while Russia promises loans and military help if countries join the Eurasian Economic Union. In this regard, the war in the Ukraine shows the incompatibility of the EU’s integrative approach with Russia’s spheres of influence thinking. more…

Stephan Malerius | International Reports | July 8, 2015

Ten Myths Used to Justify Russian Policy in the Ukraine Crisis

The political upheaval in Ukraine has placed territorial and social cohesion, as well as the country’s financial and economic viability, at stake. The events in Crimea have recently made clear that this critical destabilising effect primarily emanates from pro-Russian forces or actions by Russia itself. The arguments used by the Kremlin to justify their actions have proven to be incorrect on closer examination. A number of Russian arguments have been met with understanding. The following description therefore serves to debunk the Russian government’s main arguments as myths. more…

Jasper Eitze, Michael Gleichmann | Facts & Findings | June 23, 2014

The Eurasian Union

An Integration Project under the Microscope

The success of the project is not guaranteed. Firstly, there has to be some evidence that member states will actually benefit economically. There are still many questions about how best to harmonise the national economies of the various member states. Secondly, Russia’s apparent willingness to limit its own powers must be proven to be consistent and long-term. This includes understanding that the process of national identity is now in full swing in the former Soviet republics and there is little appetite to once again relinquish their sovereignty. more…

Dr. Canan Atilgan, Gabriele Baumann, Alexander Brakel, Claudia Crawford, Jakov Devcic, Amos Helms | International Reports | February 7, 2014

Post-Wall Europe needs to become “Europe for all”

State of Europe with Herman Van Rompuy

24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy expressed in Berlin his concerns over the challenges Europe is facing today. In front of 600 invited people at the Allianz Forum in Berlin, Van Rompuy warned against growing populism on the European continent and the rising of distrust. “Populism and nationalism cannot provide the answer to the challenges of our time”. more…

Event Reports | November 9, 2013

Alumni-meeting in Kyiv

In order to intensify the contacts among KAS-fellowship holders as well as participants of the studying visits in Germany, the domestic programs department of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with the KAF-Office in Kyiv organized a three-day conference with participants from Belarus, Georgia, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine. more…

Christine Rosenberger | Event Reports | July 8, 2013