A quarter of a century ago, the notion of a “common European house” held promise of a future based on cooperation rather than on confrontation. 25 years later, the relations between Russia and most of its European neighbors have undergone a profound crisis, which is marked by a dramatic erosion of trust, the revival of traditional threat perceptions and a renaissance of the logic of deterrence. Rhetorical invocations of a “New Cold War” – as misleading as they may be – are testimony to the unprecedented chill in the relationship. Major differences have not only surfaced in the Ukraine crisis, but also with regard to Russia’s intervention in Syria.
Mindful of the shared historical legacy and cognizant of the question whether Russia still sees itself as a - European - power, the 162nd Bergedorf Round Table in Moscow seeked from July 10 to 12 to revisit the complex relationship between Russia and Europe. It developed future scenarios and exploreed ways out of the current crisis. What are key areas of contention? How can differences be overcome? Where is cooperation possible?