EU in crisis, Russia in crisis: what future scenarios in the Eastern Neighbourhood?

ECFR Madrid organized an event on #Russia2030 #Eastneighbour2030, 24th May 2016. 


Enrique Mora, Duncan Allan, Stefano Sannino, Fredrik Wesslau, Jason Rheinberg, Francisco de Borja Lasheras

Chaired by

Nika Prislan & Irene Lozano

The Office in Madrid of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), in the framework of a program of public discussions launched in other EU capitals, organized a seminar on May 24, under Chatham House rules. Titled “EU in crisis, Russia in crisis: what future scenarios in the Eastern Neighbourhood”?, the debate was about the future of the Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia in 2030 – and what this all means for Spain. Also, Fredrik Wesslau presented the recent ECFR Publication “Russia 2030: a story of great power dreams and small victorious wars”.

The discussion had two sessions:

Session 1: Geopolitics, latent conflicts and domestic wars of reforms: what scenarios for the Eastern Neighbourhood? What possible approach for Spain? 

Francisco de Borja Lasheras (Director of the Madrid Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations), presenting a working paper on Spain and the future of Russia and the Eastern Neighbourhood.

Co-discussants: Enrique Mora (Political Director, Spanish Ministry on Foreign Affairs, and ECFR Council Member), and Duncan Allan (FCO Research Analyst)

Chaired by Nika Prislan (Project coordinator & Researcher, ECFR Madrid).

Session 2: With, without or beyond sanctions: what European relations with a Russia in crisis?

Stefano Sannino, Ambassador of Italy and ECFR Council Member.

Fredrik Wesslau, Director of Wider Europe Program, ECFR, and Jason Rheinberg (Deputy Director Russia and Eastern Europe (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

Chaired by Irene Lozano (Journalist & Writer, ECFR Council Member).