It seems to me that during the project, it is very important to monitor the political situation in your native country, and the country where you are doing your internship. And even more important is that these countries be friends, that would be after the project. you could take another internship from another organization. This is an additional chance for young people in Europe to develop and gain new skills. I am very glad that Russia and Germany are trying to maintain cultural ties in such a difficult situation.
Enthusiastic discussions about the future of German-Russian relations at the Potsdam Meetings usually take two days. Politicians, economists, public figures of both countries exchange opinions on the most important topics in the context of cooperation between the two countries. This time, “fit” at three o’clock. The topic of discussion was as relevant as ever: "Germany - Russia - the EU: a pandemic and its consequences for foreign and security policies." The accelerated mode was facilitated by the moderation of the scientific director of the German-Russian Forum (the forum annually holds "Potsdam Meetings") Alexander Rahr, who, using buttons, included one speaker or another.
"Potsdam meetings" are held under the auspices of the foreign ministers of Germany and Russia, so the first word was given to Heiko Maas and Sergey Lavrov. “Coronavirus has shifted the priorities of many countries.
To use strong drinks to strengthen the spirit was right after the speech of the rector of MGIMO Anatoly Torkunov. “The crisis has revealed an important feature of modern life - on the one hand, a high level of consumption, prestigious consumption - for example, flying to rest in winter. On the other hand, the instability of the achieved standard of living. ... Many of our healthcare systems do not cope well with mass diseases, so the question arises of medical sovereignty. What if the necessary materials, equipment can be obtained from abroad, and in a pandemic, their export is limited? This time has shown that the most important thing is whether you can organize quarantine and withstand it, minimizing damage to the economy and the social sphere. A pandemic will strengthen the role of a strong sovereign state. ”
Fedor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs, spoke about the focus of countries on domestic politics: “I would not have expected the EU and Russia to have the strength, energy, time and money to engage in the development of relations with each other became. Among the priorities, this will clearly roll back somewhere below. "At the level of interstate relations between Russia and Germany or Russia and the EU, major breakthroughs will not be expected. Michael Harms, Executive Director of the Eastern Committee of the German Economy, did not agree with this statement: “My colleagues here say that there is no more globalization, but I say: it’s too early to bury globalization. Germany and Russia depend on globalization. Both countries alone are too small. ”
It is important that our native countries and the countries that receive us are friendly. I am offended that many consider Russia as an aggressor, because of Russia's illiterate foreign policy, this is an offense. We have very friendly and open youth who can always help. Which of the participants in the meeting is right will become clear in the coming months. At the end of autumn, the Potsdam Meetings may be held in person, it will be possible to drink champagne not online.