WATCH: “EU-Russia Relations and the Future of Europe”, Johannes Pollak | TEPSA Explainers

“The need for a comprehensive European strategy towards Russia [is clear]. Such a strategy needs to include a clear plan of how to put deeds behind words. It needs a plan of how to counter Russian propaganda efforts in the Balkans, how to develop a credible standing in world politics as Western liberal democracies. […] What we currently see is nothing less than the emergence of a new order in Europe and beyond. If we Europeans want a place in it, it is high time for a change.”

In this video Prof. Johannes Pollak, Rector of Webster Vienna Private University and co-editor of TEPSA’s “Views from the Capitals” book series (alongside Prof. Michael Kaeding and Mag. Paul Schmidt), gives his analysis of EU-Russia relations in the context of the war in Ukraine. He explains the spectrum of views of Russia that exist across Europe, from negative and positive perceptions, through mixed perceptions and perceptions that run counter to the government’s policy. He also emphasises the need, in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, for a comprehensive European strategy on Russia, rather than the current “lowest common denominator” approach.

TEPSA Explainers are short videos elaborating on key issues in European affairs according to the expertise of the contributor. This TEPSA Explainer is linked to the upcoming publication of TEPSA’s new book: “EU-Russia Relations and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals”, which will focus on the EU’s policy towards Russia as expressed in the EU27 Member States and beyond, and is edited by Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak, and Paul Schmidt. Coming soon via Springer.