Russia–Germany Relations after the Pandemic: Together or Apart?
During the pandemic, the world has changed radically, with new challenges and problems appearing – from global digital trends to a renewed understanding of ethics in an era of massive global transformations, including in bilateral relations. Germany and Russia share a close historical and genetic link. In spite of the destructive complexities in bilateral dialogue, it’s important that both sides aren’t drawn into a ‘game of mutual recriminations’, which is harmful to fruitful dialogue and cooperation. Do Germany and Russia still share common ground? Will the pandemic provide an unprecedented opportunity to find new pathways for cooperation? How will relations between Russia and Germany change in the ‘fight for global vaccines’? Will the renewed global political infrastructure adjust Russia and Germany’s bilateral agenda? How will bilateral dialogue between the two countries change in light of the EU’s policy of renewed multilateralism headed by Germany? What new prospects for successful partnerships can the ‘green economies’ of Germany and the EU open up, and what new opportunities might emerge through the Energomash partnership?
Alexander Rahr, Deputy Chairman, Verband der Russischen Wirtschaft in Deutschland
Vladimir Ilichev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Konstantin Kosachev, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
Evgeny Primakov, Head, Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo)
Falk Tischendorf, Official representative of the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Germany) in Russia, Attorney-at-law, Managing Partner BEITEN BURKHARDT Russia
Anatoly Torkunov, Rector, MGIMO University
Frank Schauff, Professor, Hochschule Wismar - University of Applied Sciences
Matthias Schepp, Chairman, Russian-German Chamber of Commerce; Delegate of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in the Russian Federation
Klaus Ernst, Chairman of the Committee for Economics and Energy, Bundestag