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The University of Freiburg’s position on the war in Ukraine

Researchers address the war in Ukraine

In a series of video podcasts, Freiburg researchers will examine Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine from their different scientific perspectives

The war of aggression on Ukraine has evoked great compassion and solidarity at the University of Freiburg. At the same time, the war in the middle of Europe has triggered a feeling of insecurity and has raised many questions. With their expert knowledge, researchers at the University of Freiburg shed light on these questions. In a series of video podcasts, they will analyze the war from different scientific disciplines and perspectives.

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Daniel Leese on the Chinese Position on the War in Ukraine

“The war originally did not suit the Chinese at all. However, they have now dialectically come to terms with the situation and are trying to make the best of it,” says Prof. Dr. Daniel Leese from the Institute of Sinology. The Sinologist explains how to assess the recently proclaimed friendship between China and Russia and why China is now portraying itself as a mediator between Ukraine and Russia.

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Dietmar Neutatz clarifies the role of the War in Ukraine in Putin’s long-term objectives?

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Neutatz, Professor of Modern and East European History, also elaborates on Putin’s justification for the war and what the Russian president understands by his “mission” of “denazification.”

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Bernhard Spielberg explains the position of the Church in the War in Ukraine

“The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church has evidently become a very close friend of Putin in recent years,” says Prof. Dr. Bernhard Spielberg from the Faculty of Theology. The theologian also explains what role the Catholic Church is playing in the search for a peace settlement and why the supply of arms to Ukraine is consistent with the doctrine of peace for German bishops.

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Günther Schulze: Economic Interdependence

“In economic terms, Russia is losing every day,” says Prof. Dr. Günther Schulze. The Freiburg economist describes what economic consequences Ukraine, Russia, and Western countries will face on account of the war. In addition, he explains what importance Russia has as a trade partner for Germany.

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Tim Krieger on the Economic Consequences of the War in Ukraine for Germany and Russia

Economist Prof. Dr. Tim Krieger makes it clear why the economic sanctions against Russia need time to take effect and how the German and Russian economic systems differ significantly. In addition, he explains the European Central Bank’s reluctant stance in the debate on whether to raise interest rates.

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Paulina Starski describes the international law perspective

The jurist Paulina Starski explains why the invasion of Ukraine is a war of aggression in violation of international law and why the annexation of Crimea is also illegal.

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Bernhard Spielberg explains the position of the Church in the War in Ukraine

“The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church has evidently become a very close friend of Putin in recent years,” says Prof. Dr. Bernhard Spielberg from the Faculty of Theology. The theologian also explains what role the Catholic Church is playing in the search for a peace settlement and why the supply of arms to Ukraine is consistent with the doctrine of peace for German bishops.

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Andreas Urs Sommer: Philosophical Implications

Philosopher Prof. Dr. Andreas Urs Sommer talks about his hope that democracies will regard the war in Ukraine as an opportunity to regroup and strengthen themselves. Furthermore, he explains why Ukraine’s surrender to protect lives is not an option at the moment.

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Elisabeth Cheauré talks about Cooperation with Russian Universities

“We are trying to maintain contact on an individual level,” says Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Cheauré, senior professor at the Slavic Department regarding current dealings with Russian partner universities. Cheauré reports on the consequences of sanctioning scientific collaborations with Russia’s research institutions that have been put on hold.