Seminar: Return to Spheres of Influence? Democratisation and Integration in Post-Cold War Europe

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With the end of the Cold War, democracy and integration based on common values were supposed to sweep away the dividing lines of Europe. But the crisis in the Ukraine has escalated to war and developments in Eastern and Central Europe haven’t all gone according to plan.

Now 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall there is again reason to ask if spheres of influence are making a return. And how are democracy and civil society the former east bloc, in the Europe between Germany and Russia?

These questions will be debated at a English language seminar organised by the Foundation of European Progressive Studies with support of the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation on 11 September from 4 to 6:30 pm at Porthania IV with professors Andre Gerrits (Leiden University) and Attila Ágh (Budapest Corvinus University).

Comments will be presented by Katalin Miklossy and Juhana Aunesluoma from the University of Helsinki, followed by a panel discussion. Concluding remarks by René Nyberg, Finland’s former ambassador to Moscow and Berlin.

The event is open and free of charge. Registration is requested by email to



André Gerrits is Professor of Russian history and politics at the University of Leiden in Holland. Besides Russia he specializes in European enlargement and foreign relations. Recent analyses include The Ukrainian Crisis: Options for Russia and the ’West’ and Ukraine: A mid-crisis assessment .

File:Agh-Attila2.jpgAttila Ágh is Professor of Political Science at the Corvinus University in Budapest. His academic career has focused on Hungary and comparative research of Eastern Central Europe, especially from the perspective of democratisation and EU relations. See e.g. his 2012 broad review Report on Democracy, Liberty and Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe.