18-11-2014 | Commentary
Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s November 18 visit to Moscow was primarily a routine visit by an EU representative. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the German foreign minister spoke not only and not even so much about the crisis in Ukraine, as about the danger of further confrontation in Europe, and the need to search for a constructive solution. In this context, it is quite symbolic that Steinmeier flew to his “two-way” visit – first, to Kiev and then to Moscow – not out of Berlin, but Brussels, where a session of the European Council on Foreign Relations had taken place the day before.
29-09-2014 | Article
A political portrait of Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite
The article analyses the main trends of Lithuanian foreign policy under President Dalia Grybauskaite. It focuses on the contradictory and inconsistent efforts of the Lithuanian president in shaping the so-called "new foreign policy", which is based on a multi-vector principle and departs from the unreserved focus on Washington. A comprehensive assessment of the Republic of Lithuania’s relations with leading partners in the EU / NATO is offered, together with an analysis of diplomatic activity in the East (Ukraine, Belarus and Russia) in the period from 2009 to 2014.
20-01-2014 | Article
Military sovkhozes of the Red Army in former East Prussia in 1945—1946
This paper focuses on the ensuring of food supply for the military personnel of the Red Army and the German population in the first post-war years. Emphasis is placed on the development of new agricultural structures - subsidiary farms, enterprises, and, later, military sovkhozes, which created the basis for the agricultural industry after the Soviet population of the Kaliningrad region.
13-09-2013 | Article
The EU and Eurasian Union: Partnership instead of competition?
In March 2012, Vladimir Putin was elected to his third term as Russian president. The focus of his foreign policy platform for the next few years is the promotion of an integration process in the post-Soviet space and the formation of an Eurasian Union by 2015 that will unite Russia and the post-Soviet states following the EU model. The project is an attempt by Russia to alter the status quo in the post-Soviet space in line with its interests. The Russian plan stands in direct opposition to the EU’s Eastern Partnership. A rivalry between the two projects for influence in the “common neighborhood” appears unavoidable in the near future.