Russia in Europe:
A Cold War in People’s Minds?

Representative survey conducted for the Körber Foundation in Germany, Russia and Poland

The annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of the Ukraine conflict in 2014 marked the beginning of a cooling of political relations between Russia and its European neighbors. Since then, hardly anything has improved. In fact, further issues have developed that have continued to fuel the conflict, such as the opposing positions on hostilities in Syria and the differences over NATO. This has led to a great deal of mutual mistrust at the political level. But how do people in Russia and its neighboring European countries view the current conflicts? What image do they have of each other? And, which values do they share? In order to answer these questions, the Körber Foundation commissioned the representative survey “Russia in Europe: A Cold War in people’s minds?” The survey took place concurrently in Germany, Poland, and Russiaand its results update and supplement the study “Russia in Europe: Rapprochement or Isolation”, commissioned by the Körber Foundation in Germany and Russia in 2016.

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Survey 2016

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
Program Director “Russia in Europe”

Phone +49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 160
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Lisa Schachner
Press Officer

Phone +49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 175
Fax 040 / 80 81 92 - 304

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