Latvian Institute of International Affairs invites you to a roundtable discussion “GERMANY AND THE BALTIC STATES: FORGING A NEW NORTHERN CONSENSUS?”

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 17:30-19:00, Venue: Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel, Reimersa 1, Riga, Latvia; The working language of the conference is English. Organizers: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Financial support: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

The discussion will bring together experts from Germany, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, incl.: Kai-Olaf Lang, Head of Research Division ad interim, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik; Ramunas Vilpišauskas, Director of Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University; Viljar Veebel,Researcher at the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute; Aldis Austers, Chairman of the European Latvian Association; Andris Sprūds, Director of Latvian Institute of International Affairs. The key note speaker: Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee, Saeima

The crisis in Europe breaks down and creates new coalitions. Does driving force - Germany - need Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as principle partners in EU? Is Germany looking for a new partners around the Baltic Sea to replace French - German tandem? Do Germany's and Baltic States' visions coincide? Our invited local and international experts will try to answer to these questions as well as highlight the overall direction of EU in the context of Euro crisis, Latvia's accession to the Eurozone and geopolitical context.

The program of the discussion with the full list of speakers is available here. Please confirm your participation till May 14 (including): by e-mail: or via e-registration. Number of seats is limited, therefore we kindly ask you to register in advance!

Publicēts 03. maijs, 2013