"The security of Europe has come again to the fore after Russia's aggression in Ukraine this year. Military actions and growing ambitious rhetoric made by Russia's political regime has raised the issue of the overall security of the Euro-Atlantic area. It has also forced Europe to step in politically, economically, or militarily," says advance material.
"Although the speed of the decision-making, as well as assistance provided to Ukraine, have been unprecedented from European nations in the post-Cold War era, there have been discrepancies in how various stakeholders in Europe perceive the conflict and their role in this geopolitical rivalry.
"Germany and its involvement in various ways and means have been one of the most topical issues during the first year of Russia's aggression in Ukraine. On both sides of the Transatlantic community, there has been a mix of feelings when it comes to Germany's participation – from appreciation to incomprehension and misunderstanding of how Germany perceives and acts on the merits of Russia's aggression in Ukraine.
"The famous Zeitenwende speech by the chancellor of Germany, Olaf Sholz, on February 27, 2022, was long-awaited, at least from the Baltic perspective. It was perceived as a turning point in the foreign and security policy of Germany as well as for the future security architecture of Europe. The overall sentiment was optimistic. However, as Russia continued to attack Ukraine in various ways and means, the demand for greater German involvement grew."
- Oliver Morwinsky, Head of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung office in the Baltic States.
- Jürgen Hardt, German politician of the Christian Democratic Union who has served as a member of the Bundestag (virtually);
- Benedikt Meng, Strategy Consultant, Oliver Wyman.
- Mārtiņš Vargulis, Deputy Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Lecturer at the Riga Stradiņš University.
More information is available at: https://liia.lv/en/news/event/understanding-germany-one-year-after-zeitenwende-1063