Frictions in EU-Russia Relations and the Western Far Right
What is the current direction of Russian foreign policy? What can be the role of the EU? And are we witnessing the rise of a pan-European illiberal alliance?
In the last few years, relations between Russia and the EU have become more fraught. The Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, followed by the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the EU’s sanctions regime are events which suggest that any cooperation between Russia and the West will be severely
limited. The Kremlin has actively courted anti-establishment and far right political parties in the EU, such as France’s Front National and Germany’s Alternative for Germany, although it remains unclear what such alliances can mean in practice.
Anton Shekhovtsov, visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Austria
Carolina Vendil Pallin, Deputy Head of Research at FOI (Swedish Defence Research Agency)
Martin Kragh, head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs