“What is the future for EU-Russia relations?”

(4.10.17) In a global context characterized by rising uncertainty, should the EU transform its Russia’s policy? And, if yes, in which policy areas is it worthwhile for the EU to pursue cooperation with Russia? And again, should the EU maintain the original linkage of sanctions removal with Russia’s actions in Ukraine?

We have tried to answer these questions during our dinner debate on Wednesday 4 October 2017. The debate opened with the interventions of four main experts in the field: MEP Michael Gahler, EPP Group Spokesperson on Security and Defence, MEP Eugen Freund, Shadow Rapporteur of the report on EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties, Gabriel Galice, President of the Geneva International Peace Research Institute, and Maxime Lefebvre, professor, diplomat and former Permanent Representative of France to the OSCE.

Then it was the turn of Valéry Levitsky, Consul General of Russia in Strasbourg, who presented his view and who engaged in a lively discussion with the audience. Around 30 MEPs of all political groups were present. During the evening they outlined different visions on how the relation between the EU and Russia could (and should) evolve