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.
Videos, 1st day of the Körber Conference:
Videos, 2nd day of the Körber Conference:
Russia in Europe – what unites us, what divides us?
with Vladimir Chizhov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union in Brussels, Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Katja Gloger, Journalist and Author, and Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs at the Körber-Stiftung
Russia in 2030: European power, Asian power or powerless?
with Alexander Gabuev, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Centre Moscow, Mirko Kruppa, Head of Political Section at the Delegation of the European Union to Russia in Moscow, Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in London, and Julian Hans, Moscow correspondent of Süddeutsche Zeitung
for more videos see German page
Since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, in particular the events in Crimea in 2014, relations between Russia and its European neighbours have worsened dramatically. Despite these tensions, maintaining a dialogue with Russian remains essential to prevent escalation and to tackle common social, political and economic challenges.
Since 2016, the Körber Foundation has focused its activities to revive an open and constructive exchange between Russia and its European neighbours. The Körber Conference in 2017 is a further step in this direction. With more than 150 international and high-ranking guests invited to attend the event on 9 to 10 November, the conference will investigate the historic legacies that feed into tensions between Russia and its European neighbours, discuss what unites and divides both sides today and explore how their relations may look like in the future.
The conference will be opened by Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, who will reflect on how a constructive dialogue between Russia and the rest of Europe may be developed, in the light of the current political landscape.
Nobel laureate for literature Herta Müller will then talk with Russian author and historian Irina Sherbakova about the legacy of dictatorships in post-Soviet Europe. Both women have lived through a government by dictatorship. The effect of totalitarian systems on the individual is a centrepiece of their work.
On the second conference day, former Prime Minister of Poland Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov as well as the author and journalist Katja Gloger will discuss what today unites and divides Russia and its European neighbours, drawing on the results of a representative survey currently conducted by the Körber Foundation among the general public in Russia, Poland and Germany. This survey, which throws light on popular attitudes towards a possible rapprochement with Russia, will be presented by Gabriele Woidelko (Program Director “Russia in Europe”, Körber Foundation).
Perception of history and historical education play a key role in shaping popular attitudes towards other states. Marek Cichocki, Research Director of the Natolin European Centre, Alexey I. Miller, Professor at the European University of St. Petersburg, and Gwendolyn Sasse, Director of the Centre for Eastern European and International Studies, will pursue the question of how a renationalisation of historical narratives in different European states impacts international dialogue on the continent.
The conference will end with a look towards the future. In their Körber Debate “Russia in 2030: European power, Asian power or powerless?”, Alexander Gabuev, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Centre Moscow, Mirko Kruppa, Head of Political Section at the Delegation of the European Union to Russia, and Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, will argue and defend their position.
The Körber Conference 2017 brings together political decision-makers, academics, opinion leaders and civil society representatives from Germany and abroad to promote international dialogue and cross-border understanding on "Russia in Europe".
All talks at the Körber Conference are available through live streaming and, after the event, on the “Mediathek” section of the Körber Foundation website. Those interested can comment live on the conference day under #Russiaineurope.
List of Participants (PDF)