With the focus on Russia in Europe, the Körber Foundation devotes itself to the rejuvenation of an open, critical and constructive dialogue between Russia and its European neighbours.

Our goals

Since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, relations between Russia and the majority of its European neighbours have been in serious crisis. Dialogue and understanding with Russia have been a major part of the Körber Foundation's work over many decades.

We are convinced:

  • that Russia belongs to Europe
  • that many political, social and economic challenges in Europe can only be met together with Russia
  • that it is essential for Russia and the other countries of Europe to continue the path of rapprochement and reconciliation in the context of the historical experiences of the 20th century.

Therefore, with our focus on Russia in Europe, we devote ourselves to the rejuvenation of an open, critical and constructive dialogue between Russia and its European neighbours.
Our topics are the historical roots of current conflicts, questions of identity and values, current challenges of foreign and security policy and perspectives of civil society cooperation. Our partners in this dialogue are social thinkers, (foreign) political decision-makers and multipliers of cross-border understanding. It is especially important for us to involve representatives of the next generation in the exchange.

The goal of our dialogue work is both to identify different perspectives and also to identify similarities. We want to strengthen actors in politics and society who are prepared to build bridges across the borders and divides between cultures. This is our contribution to international understanding with Russia.


Are we witnessing the demise of a common vision of Europe? Looking back at previous experiences can provide orientation for the future. Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, will open the Körber History Forum 2018 by examining the current and historic rifts in Europe.

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The Ukraine conflict and the resulting sanctions are to blame for the ice-cold political climate between Russia and the EU – Germans, Russians and Poles agree on this. This has emerged from the representative survey "Russia in Europe: A Cold War in People's Minds?" conducted by Kantar Public on behalf of the Körber Foundation.

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St. Isaac’s Square in St. Petersburg, the most European of all Russian cities  

Körber Conference “Russia in Europe”

Russian-European relations are the central theme of the Körber Conference in November 2017. The common past and current challenges for “Russia in Europe” will be discussed by renown experts such as the former Polish Prime Minister Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz and the Russian Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov as well as Nobel laureate for literature Herta Müller. continue


Reflections on Russia in the World

From 7th – 9th September, the Munich Young Leaders Alumni held their 7th Reunion in Moscow. For two days, the young leaders – comprising of more than 50 Russian and international experts from governments, parliaments, think tanks, journalism and businesses – spoke with members of politics, administration, civil society and economy. continue


Gabriele Woidelko
Head of Department History and Politics
Programme Director “Russia in Europe”

Phone +49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 160
E-Mail woidelko@koerber-stiftung.de
Twitter Woidelko

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Nora Müller
Executive Director
Head of Department International Affairs

Phone +49 • 30 • 206 267 - 60
E-Mail mueller@koerber-stiftung.de
Twitter muellernora


Lisa Schachner
Press Officer

Phone +49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 175
E-Mail schachner@koerber-stiftung.de

Area of Activity



Russia and Europe: rapprochement or isolation?

Little progress on a political level, mutual economic sanctions, a profound loss of trust – relations between Russia and most of its European neighbours are in a crisis. But how is the mood of the people: Should the two sides approach each other actively or not make any concessions and go their separate ways? In March 2016, the Körber Foundation the population in Russia and Germany surveyed simultaneously on these issues by TNS Infratest. continue


“In textbooks, Stalin is hardly mentioned”

Tamara Eidelman is the Board President of the Moscow History Teachers Association. In her interview with Madeleine Janssen, she explains what Russian students need if they want to learn more about Josef Stalin, why history teaching in Russia is very traditional and how she perceives the new Russian minister of education. continue


“A caricature of the Cold War”

In our interview, Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of “Russia in Global Affairs”, explains what a well-balanced relationship between Russia and NATO would look like and why the current situation reminds him of the Cold War. continue


"There is no consensus about history in Russia”

In summer 2016, a few passionate people in the Czech Republic published “Gulag Online”, a virtual museum about the Gulag system. They present interactive maps, biographies of prisoners, and 360° pictures of former barracks. In his interview with Madeleine Janssen, the chairman Štěpán Černoušek explains why the internet is a good instrument to access history and how his work is perceived in Russia. continue


“Most of the time we do not agree with Russia”

Polish foreign and security policy focuses on securing the Polish Eastern flank more than ever. Benevolently, Polish politicians reacted to the international military operation “Anakonda”. What are Poland’s strengths? What are the future prospects for the NATO-Russian relation? Dominik P. Jankowski, Chief Specialist for Crisis Management with the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, answers our questions in a video interview. continue


Russia and Europe: Escalated Alienation?

At the 162nd Bergedorf Round Table in Moscow, a group of politicians, office-holders, and experts from Russia and Europe were discussing the future of their countries' relations themed “What unites us, what divides us?”. The conference report is now available. It provides insight into the current relations between Russia and Europe. The crisis has become the new norm, instead of a rapprochement the “escalated alienation” prevails. The Ukraine conflict has reached a deadlock. “De-escalation” is the order of the day. continue

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