Posts by Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev 10-08-2013
Guest post by Andrey Devyatkov—The forthcoming Vilnius summit of the Eastern Partnership to take place in a couple of months is expected to be a symbolic breakthrough in the Europeanization plans of Moldova. The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) might allow for a better access of Moldovan goods to the EU market and vice versa. The EU is trying to present itself as a zone of prosperity and stability, having nothing in common with traditional...
Andrey Makarychev 10-07-2013
(Голос Америки) Позиции России и Запада по стратегически важным вопросам все чаще расходятся, а новый российский консерватизм разительно отличается от либеральных настроений Европы и США, считает политолог, профессор Тартуского университета Андрей Макарычев. В интервью «Голосу Америки» Макарычев рассказал о том, почему Запад все чаще критикует Россию, назвал факторы, послужившие поводом для критики Олимпиады в Сочи, и пояснил, почему Россия все чаще...
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Andrey Makarychev 10-07-2013
(CEURUS Working Paper) In this working paper I will argue that the key factor determining the EU’s and Russia’s policy tools is their status of either insiders or outsiders in the region-making projects developing in the area of their common neighbourhood. Based on this criterion, I will single out four possible models of EU – Russia interactions. Each of them will be considered from the viewpoints of identities, institutions, and policies of major non-...
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Andrey Makarychev 10-03-2013
The more German experts discuss the recent Bundestag election, the more paradoxes they unveil. For example, many note that Germany has become more Euro-sceptic even though they predict that the new government will stick to timeworn policies. Few see serious changes in Germany's attitude toward Eastern Europe and Russia. Perhaps "Muddling through" is the most popular description of Germany's near-future course. Martin Schultz, president of the European...
Andrey Makarychev 09-19-2013
On the eve of the September 22, 2013 parliamentary elections in Germany, I asked some German colleagues whether the already-finished campaign had any effect on German’s foreign policy, particularly regarding Russia and Eastern Europe. Barbara von Freitag, adviser to German MP Andreas Schockenhoff, thinks that,  unfortunately, “after an intense debate on relations with Russia throughout the year, this electoral campaign had no foreign...
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Andrey Makarychev 09-06-2013
Предвыборный эндшпиль Избирательная кампания в нескольких десятках регионов России, кульминацией которой станут выборы 8 сентября, проходит на фоне сложных процессов, определяющих собой современный момент российской политики. В восьми регионах будут избирать руководителей субъектов федерации, в восьми городах — мэров, а вся остальная страна будет внимательно следить за этим процессом и изучать его. Принципиальное отличие нынешней...
Andrey Makarychev 09-02-2013
(Book Review)  The Culture of Protest:  Counter-Hegemonic Performances in Putin’s Russia is a review of Mischa Gabowitsh’s Putin kaputt!? Russlands neue Protestkultur, a monographic study of the protest movement that has unfolded in Russia since December 2011. Click here to read the review | © The Russian Review  
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Andrey Makarychev 07-16-2013
"Thirty new sport complexes, a sports village, two metro stations, a shuttle line, airport and railway terminals, high-speed tram, eleven transport junctions ... ... brown scars on the formerly green Kazanka river banks, thousands of killed dogs, artificially-created enthusiasm from an army of municipal employees during the torch relay, teachers and other educators as forced volunteers, thousands of evacuated cars unduly subjected to suspicion, policemen...
Andrey Makarychev 07-09-2013
The Germans have finally lumped Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus into one group - not only geographically - but politically too. These countries share not only oppressive regimes, but also a history of resistance to them. The Congress "Protest. Culture. Politics" held in Berlin at the Heinrich Boell Foundation was a perfect illustration of the growing importance of counter-cultures in these three Eastern European countries....
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Andrey Makarychev 07-03-2013
With Moscow closing one policy pathway after another—no participation in the European Neighborhood Program, no common approach to managing the Ukrainian energy system, no dialogue on human rights, no joint position on Syria, no ratification of the “third energy package,” no cooperation on the Meseberg initiative, and the list goes on—Berlin tries to contrive new ways of engaging Moscow. The political reality is rather harsh—statistically, a majority of...

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Visiting Professor, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu, Estonia