Russia between Europe and Authoritarianism: New developments addressed from an liberal perspective 

On the day of the 100 anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Russian experts gave their assessment of the current state of Russia in the framework of an FNF event. Professors and researchers discussed the economic and political situation as well as the relationship with the European Union from different perspectives. 

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Fake-News and the Manipulation of Public Discourse 

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Second from the right: Jakub Janda

The topic of disinformation is ubiquitous, and has been a widely discussed theme especially after the U.S. elections. The so called ‘Fake News’ spread in no time throughout Facebook and Twitter and are even adopted by mainstream media. It influences the way our societies think in a decisive way. Jakub Janda, Head of Kremlin Watch Program and Deputy Director at the European Values Think-Tank based in Prague,explains in an Interview how this form of manipulation works and how ‘fake news’ could potentially occur in the upcoming German elections.

 

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What to do with all these apples?

ApfelThe four Visegrad countries (V4) Poland, Hungary, the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic share special relations with Russia, specifically in the areas of security, energy, tourism, investment and trade.

Therefore, the EU sanction regime which was introduced as a reaction to the annexation of Crimea and Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine, has great significance in the V4 countries. So do the retaliatory bans imposed by Russia. Continue reading

Upcoming Event: Security Policy in Ukraine – Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, 4 June 2015
12.00-14.00

Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

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The Minsk II agreement is unlikely to deliver the desired results. While Ukraine is shaken by Russian aggression imposed on its territory, its own difficulties with unstable government, corruption and hollowing out of the State also stand in the way of security and stability. Continue reading

Dahrendorf Taskforce Publication Series

Cover_Ukrain as a Bridge to Russia_Kaminski TomaszThe current situation in Eastern Ukraine is once again dominating the news’ headlines and bears the danger of destabilizing the European Union’s Eastern Partnership as a whole. The fragility of the member states’ soft power approach and their consensus-based agreement on economic sanctions against neo-imperial Russia is what Dr. Tomasz Kaminski’s paper focuses on. Continue reading