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Reconstruction of German-Russian relations in the new world disorder

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Francis Fukuyama believed that the “end of history” was circulating: the liberal democracies would have achieved their ultimate victory and freedom and stability would be achieved around the world. Instead, we live today in a world disorder, in which one global crisis replaces the next. Between October 7th and 11th, 30 executives from Germany and Russia met for the 11th German-Russian Talks Baden-Baden (DRGBB) to discuss how German-Russian relations can be revitalized in this disordered world .

This year's discussions were held by Dr. Michael Schaefer, Chairman of the BMW Foundation, together with Dr. Christiane Schuchart, Regional Director for Russia at the Eastern Committee - Eastern European Association of German Business (OAOEV), as well as with a speech by the investigative journalist Hubert Seipel in the classical Kurhaus in Baden-Baden.

In his keynote, Dr. Schaefer points out that the global political situation is in a state of upheaval. The US's unipolar moment is over, but a multipolar order has not yet fully developed. Washington's interest in Europe is falling, while anti-Americanism is growing in the EU. The remarkable development of China also challenges the stability of the current global governance system. With regard to Russia, the EU, which was unsettled by the migration crisis, was dominated by a state of deep mistrust towards its eastern neighbor. “To think about how to overcome the mutual loss of trust” was the main theme of this year's talks. Hubert Seipel also agreed that the world has become more insecure in recent years. The journalist's job is to first understand the country you are writing about. Because of the proximity to politicians in power, this is not always easy. In every country, relations between politicians and journalists are "very delicate," said Seipel.

The next day, Professor Dr. Klaus Mangold the seminar participants in the idyllic forest inn. In order to make a lasting positive contribution to German-Russian understanding, the participants should use the time in Baden-Baden intensively to get to know each other. “Let's spend the days in such a way that everyone says at the end that it was a good investment,” said Mangold.

In the splendid Palais Biron, the seminar participants debated, among other things, how the crisis of confidence in both countries can be overcome and what possible solutions exist for dealing with social media dangers. The enormous business opportunities of the Skolkovo innovation center and the Russian high-tech startup scene were also discussed. In addition, the social entrepreneurship concept was presented as a long-term solution to social problems as part of a design thinking workshop.

The exciting round table discussions were supplemented by a comprehensive supporting program. During “Networking in Nature” on the first day of the seminar, it was important to solve tasks in teams with coordinated effort. The exciting and entertaining teamwork welded the seminar participants into a well-rehearsed group and strengthened mutual trust. In addition, the young executives received interesting insights into the technological trends of the future when they visited the SAP SE headquarters.