Schlagenbad Talks

The Schlangenbad Talks (“Schlangenbader Gespräche”) are a series of German-Russian bilateral conferences that address current issues in foreign policy and security. This annual gathering of around 50 high-ranking participants from government, the military, the private sector and journalism has been held since 1998.

The Schlangenbad Talks are jointly organized by PRIF (under the leadership of Dr. Hans-Joachim Spanger) and the Moscow office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Additional support is drawn from our cooperation partners, the Moscow office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). Past cooperation partners have included: the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (SVOP), the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) and the Unity for Russia Foundation.

For further information on upcoming or past talks, including programs, lists of participants and conference reports, please visit the Schlagenbad Talks Homepage and follow the corresponding links (available in German and Russian only).

Topics of past Schlangenbad Talks:

2019 A New World Order? Challenges to Europe's Self-Assertion
2018 Conflict Escalation and No End in Sight? German-Russian Relations After the Elections
2017 The Liberal World Order and its Challengers
2016 Germany and Russia: a new "Reset"?


The End of the European Home: What’s Next?
2014 Russia, Europe and the West: the New Schism
2013 Crisis: Global Change and its Bilateral Consequences
2012 The European Union and Russia between Stability and Progress
2011 Beyond Noble Intentions: Russia, the West and the Challenges of Sustainability
2010 Opportunities for Cooperation Renewed: Russia and the West after the "Reset"
2009 Crisis and Decision: the International Order on Trial
2008 Multipolarism, Systemic Challenges and a new Era of Confrontation?
2007 Strategic Partnership Between Interlocking and Demarcation
2006 Bilateralism versus Multilateralism? Prospects and Limits of a German-Russian "Sonderweg"
2005 "The German-Russian Relations Have Hardly Ever Been as Good as they Are now." Are they at a crossroads?
2004 Carry on? Strategic Partnership between Security and Democracy
2003 Politics of Hegemony - Hegemony of Politics? The New International Order
2002 The End of Transition? Russia's Place in the New International Order
2001 Strategic Partnership - Second Attempt
2000 Europe in Search of a Political Order: Integration or Multipolarity
1999 Russia and Joint Crisis Management
1998 The Founding Act between NATO and the Russian Federation - one Year After