Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

The Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia sees itself as a central point of contact on matters relating to the European Union’s and Germany’s relations with Central and Eastern Europe as well as the whole post-Soviet region.

The great importance of Russia to the EU and Germany in terms of security, energy, and economic policy makes the country an area of particular focus for the center. The states of the EU’s Eastern Partnership – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – together form another key working area. The ongoing processes of reform and transformation taking place there are vital to the EU’s Neighborhood Policy, as are the relations of these countries with both the EU and Russia. It is in the same spirit that the DGAP draws the countries of Central Asia into its activities. In addition, the center continues its work on the EU’s Central European states, and the Visegrad states in particular (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary). The post-socialist transformation of these states and their integration into European and transatlantic structures remain subjects of significant interest.

The program’s tasks include providing and distributing effective advice and analysis to the policy, business, media, and expert communities by means of carefully tailored target groups. The center also serves as an active platform for figures from policy, business, academia, and civil society and develops and cultivates networks in its target countries. In doing so, the center combines

  • scholarly expertise and analysis
  • policy advice for German decision makers
  • events (conferences, strategy debates, background discussions, briefings, etc.)
  • publications (analysis, policy papers, position papers, etc.)
  • network building activities (academia, policy, media, business, and civil society)
  • and international cooperation.



  • The price of success, the benefit of setbacks:

    Alternative futures of EU-Ukraine relations

    von Dr. Maria Davydchyk
    Davydchyk, M., Mehlhausen, T., Priesmeyer-Tkocz, W., 2018. The price of success, the benefit of setbacks: Alternative futures of EU-Ukraine relations. Futures 97, 35–46. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2017.06.004

    This article explores the various futures of relations between the European Union (EU) and Ukraine. After distilling two major drivers we construct a future compass in order to conceive of four futures of relations between the EU and Ukraine.

  • How Should Ukraine Approach Germany under New-Old Coalition?

    Policy Memo to the Ukrainian Stakeholders

    New Europe Center, 2018

    Formation of the government by CDU/CSU and SPD opens a new page for Ukraine-Germany relations. With this view New Europe Center developed a number of recommendations for strengthening the relations between the two countries in the new reality. It would be a great mistake to think along the lines “Merkel is here to stay, so everything is good”. In the next 2-3 years Ukraine should learn to systemically deal with Germany beyond the dialogue with its chancellor.

  • Searching for a new foundation for German-Russian relations

    von Stefan Meister | Russia
    Russian International Affairs Council, May 14, 2018

    Relations between Germany and Russia have always been fundamental for (peace and stability) Europe — whether in a negative way, for example remembering the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact on the eve of the Second World War, or in a positive way, as in the management of German unification, the end of the Soviet Union and the eastern enlargement of the EU.