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01.06.2017

THE SERIES “MOSCOW TALKS” OF THE GERMAN-RUSSIAN FORUM: WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE ELECTIONS TO THE BUNDESTAG

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"The dialogue between German Foundations: what will happen after the elections to the Bundestag?" - this was the title of a panel discussion organized by the German-Russian Forum with participation of the newspaper "Moskauer Deutsche Zeitung" in the German-Russian House in Moscow on May 29.

Such issues as open borders, migration policy, social justice, foreign policy of Germany and energy issues which dominated the election campaign before the Bundestag elections on September 24 became the center of participants’ attention of the Forum.

They were heads of Moscow offices of German foundations which are close to the main political parties in the country: Johannes Voswinkel (The Heinrich Böll Foundation), Julius von Freytag-Loringhoven (Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom), Kerstin Kaiser (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation), Mirko Hempel (Friedrich Ebert Foundation) and Jan Dresel (Hanns Seidel Foundation).

In his introductory remarks, Adviser to the Founder of Fund Energy Alexey Turbin invited as a moderator for the dialogue noted the exceptional importance of energy issues for the future of Germany and in particular for Europe. This position was supported by all participants of the podium discussion. In particular, M. Hempel emphasized that the success of the project "Nord Stream-2" will be an important contribution to strengthening of energy security of the European Union at a qualitatively new level.

Representatives of German foundations which are close to the Christian Democratic Union, Christian Social Union, Social Democratic Party, the Left Party, the Free Democratic Party and the Alliance 90/the Green Party were unanimous in the opinion that the easing and the abolition of politically motivated and counterproductive sanctions against Russia in the future is an indispensable condition for sustained and productive development of economic interaction and energy one in particular between EU and Russia.

The representative of Fund Energy briefed the participants of the discussion and several hundred spectators (representatives of embassies, Russian and German political analysts and Germanists, students) about the historical contribution of the Fund staff headed by Igor Yusufov to achieve the first ever agreement between Russia and OPEC on solidarity oil production cuts in 2001 which has become a reliable basis for similar output cuts in 2016-2017.

At the end of the discussion held in the framework of the project “Moscow talks", representatives of the Moscow offices of the eminent German foundations as well as Fund Energy answered the questions from the floor. The forum participants were unanimous in the opinion that the positive and progressive development of relations with Russia which is an integral part of Europe will be an important task for any German government to be formed after the elections to the Bundestag in September.