Cover Osteuropa 6/2020

In Osteuropa 6/2020

Resubmission: expertise on eastern Europe
A decline, a new beginning, unfulfilled expectations

Hans-Henning Schröder

Deutsche Fassung


After the East-West conflict, research into eastern Europe was severely curtailed in Germany. As a result, knowledge about Russia and the post-Soviet space was lost. This lack of expertise was noticed particularly during the Russia-Ukraine crisis. In order to rebuild the know-how that was lost, the Bundestag decided to found an institute for East European studies. The institute was opened in 2017; however, thus far, expectations that it would consolidate expertise on Russia have not been met.

(Osteuropa 6/2020, pp. 121–146)