"Friendship in the Making: Transforming Relations between Germany and the Baltic-Visegrad Countries"
CSIS’s Europe Program and the Embassy of Latvia are pleased to welcome Dr. Andris Spruds, director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. Dr. Spruds will present his views on the relations between Germany and the Baltic–Visegrad countries.
Germany’s modern relationship with Central Europe and the Baltic states has been one of overcoming tragedies of the first half of the 20th century and looking toward a more prosperous future together. As the European debt crisis enters its fourth year and Germany becomes Europe’s most important economic power, Dr. Spruds will discuss how Germany will evolve as a foreign and security policy actor, how other European countries, particularly the Central European and Baltic states, are adapting to an increasing shift of economic and political power to Mitteleuropa; and what new economic, security and diplomatic opportunities exist between these countries and what the policy implications are for the future.