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162nd Bergedorf Round Table

“Russia and Europe: What Unites Us, What Divides Us?”

Moscow, 10-12 July 2016

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 revisited the complex relationship between Russia and Europe. It tried to develop future scenarios and explore ways out of the current crisis. What are key areas of contention? How can differences be overcome? Where is cooperation possible?

The 162nd Bergedorf Round Table was held in cooperation with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). The participants were 45 high-ranking politicians, government officials and experts mainly from Russia and Europe.

Read the Conference Report of the 162ndth Bergedorf Round Table (PDF)
Conference Report in German (PDF)


Interview by Elena Chernenko (Munich Young Leader 2015)
with Dr. Norbert Röttgen (Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs,
German Bundestag) for Kommersant (in Russian)

  • GUM Demonstration Hall    
  • Gernot Erler, Alexey Meshkov, Nora Müller    
  • Marek Ziolkowski, Stefanie Babst    
  • Participants of the 162nd Bergedorf Round Table    
  • Oleksandr Chalyi, Igor Ivanov, Marek Ziolkowski    
  • Michael Georg Link, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Wolfgang Ischinger    
  • Evgeny Buzhinsky, Slawomir Debski    
  • Hosts and Moderators of the Round Table: Nora Müller, Thomas Paulsen, Igor Ivanov, Andrey Kortunov    
  • Marie Mendras, Volker Perthes    
  • Participants of the 162nd Bergedorf Round Table    
  • Vladimir Baranovsky, Marieluise Beck    
  • Oleksandr Chalyi, Lothar Dittmer, Kristina Kallas    
  • Michael Georg Link, Konstantin Kosachev    
  • Kristina Kallas, James Dobbins    
  • Nora Müller, Thomas Paulsen, Igor Ivanov, Andrey Kortunov    
  • Vladimir Lukin, Vladimir Baranovsky, Igor Ivanov, Vyacheslav Trubnikov    
  • Alexander Dynkin, Ute Kochlowski-Kadjaia    
  • Yaroslav Lissovolik, Alan Mendoza, Marie Mendras, Volker Perthes    
  • Michael Georg Link, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff    
  • Wolfgang Ischinger, Zanda Kalnina Lukasevica    
  • Norbert Röttgen, Thomas Paulsen    
  • Dinner on the Moscow River    
  • Oleksandr Chalyi, Alexander Dynkin, Michael Georg Link, Alexander Rahr    
  • Moscow from the Moscow River    
  • Photos: Körber-Stiftung/Yurii Sergeev

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