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The eastern Partnership from Vilnius to Riga: achievements, challenges and future prospects

The Baltic Assembly under the Lithuanian 2015 presidency organized a conference on the Eastern partnership with a view to what can be expected in the EU presidency Riga summit on May 21-22.

Representatives from the EU External Service, Georgia, Moldava, the Nordic Council, the EU parliament also participated. The representative from Ukraine was an MP from the Ukrainian parliament Jaroslav Markevich who had fought in eastern Ukraine for three months. In an emotional statement he said that for Putin nothing is impossible if he can get away with it. But for Maidan we would now have a reincarnation of a new Soviet Union with Russia and Ukraine forming its backbone.

The following is my intervention: ..lasīt tālāk

Security in Europe after Ukraine

24.11.2014, Riga – keynote speech at Baltic Assembly, Nordic Council, Benelux Parliament, GUAM PA, Visegrad countries meeting


Putin has chosen confrontation instead of cooperation with Europe and the West in general.

Despite president Obamas restart with Russia when Medvedev was president – and we must remember that some good things were done during this period, for example, sanctions agains Iran, and we can hope that this may become a historic day if an agreement is reached today with Iran – and Germany’s continuation of its Ostpolitik of dialogue dating back to Willy Brand during the Cold War – Putin has turned his back to such policies of cooperation. He has choosen instead naked military force and a huge propaganda machine as his policy instruments on a global scale to further his agenda in Europe. ..lasīt tālāk

Our Security in a New World

In the last week of April I participated in three important conferences dedicated to security. The first in Tallinn was called The Security of Mare Nostrum and Beyond: The Return of Northern Europe to the World Scene?, which was organized by the International Center for Defence Studies (ICDS). Here the main emphasis was put on security in our region with Ukraine as the departure point. Security issues were viewed in a broad context, including energy, gas supplies, and so on. The main question was are we on the way to a new cold war? ..lasīt tālāk

Some thoughts about my foreign policy intervention…

I would like to add some thoughts that I didn’t have time to include in my Saeima foreign policy speech. These concern Latvia’s accession to the eurozone and I invite my readers to dwell on them. ..lasīt tālāk

23/01/2014 Foreign Affairs debate in Latvian parliament

Intervention by Atis Lejiņš, MP

“After meetings with NGO representatives were held by both the European Affairs and Foreign Affairs committees, one must conclude that the Report by the Foreign Minister is getting better each year. This is heartening, since foreign policy must be anchored in society. I will return to this self-evident truth at the end of my intervention. ..lasīt tālāk

My intervention at 49th COSAC conference

49th COSAC Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the EU, Dublin 23-25 June 2013.

Intervention by Atis Lejiņš in debate on EU enlargement and neighborhood policy.

Enlargement is taking place in a dramatically changing world where weare reminded every day of the emerging new geopolitics. ..lasīt tālāk

March 16: Foreign Powers and National Statehood

Today in the plenary session of the Saeima a proposal was submitted as every year when March 16 comes closer to mark that day as a commeration day for Latvian national soldiers. Allow me to briefly explain why March 16 cannot be the day to commemorate our national soldiers. ..lasīt tālāk

24/01/2013 Foreign Affairs debate in Latvian parliament

Intervention by Atis Lejiņš, MP

The essence of the Foreign Minster’s Report is to be found in one sentence. Mainly, that the EU has to maintain its unity and solidarity in order to become a globally influential force. Our interests require a strong Latvia in a strong EU, otherwise we will disappear in the battle of giants in the emerging world new order, indeed, as we did once disappear.

The accent must be placed on the the word „to become” because at present, despite the fact that the EU is the largest economic bloc in the world, its influence in global affairs is not as big as one could wish for. This is understood by Great Britain’s prime minster Cameron, who in his long awaited speech yesterday acknowledged that: „There’s no doubt that we’re more powerful in Washington, in Beijing, in Delhi, because we’re a powerful player inside the European Union.”

But the problem remains – how to convince the public? ..lasīt tālāk

26/01/2012 Foreign Affairs debate in Latvian parliament

Intervention by Atis Lejiņš, MP

I year ago I spoke about how new political and economic power centers were growing and changing the geopolitics of our planet.

I have drawn a map to illustrate this. The big question mark in the Strait of Hormuz is a new feature, to which I will return later.

Forecasts by US analysts a few years ago that after a few decades China will replace America as the world’s biggest economy and  India would come second could become a reality sooner than predicted. The USA would rank third. Europe was warned that if it didn’t get its act together, it might even drop out of fourth place. ..lasīt tālāk

27/01/2011 Foreign Affairs debate in Latvian parliament

Intervention by Atis Lejiņš, MP

Our most important foreign policy and security pillars ar ooutlined in the very beginning of the report: a strong NATO, a strong EU, strong ties with the USA, and closer cooperation with the Nordic and Baltic countries.

This is written in stone, but the world is rapidly changing. The economic and military center of gravity is moving from the Euroatlantic space to a huge arc from India to Japan. In just twenty years China and India will take first and second pride of place as the biggest economic powers in the world. The USA will come third, but still with the biggest military clout. This was told to a a conference of analysts in 2003 in Washington and observe how quickly the USA changed her relations with India. ..lasīt tālāk