Russia in Europe: Rapprochement or Isolation?

Results of a representative survey conducted by TNS Infratest Politikforschung in Germany and Russia on behalf of the Koerber Foundation

Relations between Russia and most of its European neighbors are currently characterized by a profound crisis. A deep lack of trust exists on the political level. But do the people of Russia and its neighboring countries also harbor growing levels of mutual distrust?

In order to answer these questions, the Koerber Foundation commissioned representative surveys in February/March 2016 in Germany and Russia on the issue of “Russia in Europe”. The survey was conducted among 1000 individuals in Germany and 1024 people in Russia, all eligible to vote and over 18.

The results of the survey can be found on this website for download.

Background on the Körber Foundation's focus “Russia in Europe”
in the field of “International Dialogue”

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.


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

+49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 160
Twitter @Woidelko

Twitter @KoerberIV

Nora Müller
Executive Director
Head of Department International Affairs

+49 • 30 • 206 267 - 60
Twitter @muellernora

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