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Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu., © Joerg Carstensen/photothek.net

06.11.2019 - Article

During the visit of his counterpart Urmas Reinsalu, Heiko Maas acknowledged the special role played by the Baltic countries in the autumn of 1989.

Without the fall of the Wall and the removal of the Iron Curtain, today’s united Europe would have been inconceivable. In these days and weeks the focus is therefore on commemorating the Peaceful Revolution 30 years ago. Over the past few weeks, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has particularly acknowledged the role played by Germany’s Eastern European neighbours and the courage of their people through a series of visits, events and talks. Tomorrow, Maas will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the former inner-German border to honour the great contribution of the United States to German unification. On Saturday, the Foreign Minister will welcome several of his colleagues, including the Estonian Foreign Minister, to the main celebrations at the Brandenburg Gate.

The “Baltic Chain” – a crucial factor in the Peaceful Revolution

At today’s meeting with the Estonian Foreign Minister, Maas recalled the “Baltic Chain”, the longest human chain in history, with which hundreds of thousands of Baltic people demonstrated for independence and democracy in 1989:

When we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall here in Berlin, we are extremely conscious that the brave citizens of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania made a crucial contribution to ushering in this new era.

The Baltic embassies are playing an active role in the anniversary week celebrating the fall of the Wall in Berlin. Today they are commemorating the peaceful protests in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia with a “Baltic Day” in the Gethsemane Church.

Germany strengthens resilience in the Baltic countries

Since 2015, Germany has been cooperating particularly intensively with Estonia to strengthen the country’s resilience in the face of disinformation and propaganda. Each year since then, the Federal Government has invested around one million euros in concrete projects – in cooperation with the private sector, civil society and independent media. Germany and Estonia also intend to collaborate even more closely in the area of strategic communication.

UN: Cooperation within the Security Council, a common goal

From next year, Germany and Estonia will both be members of the United Nations Security Council. Both countries share the central goal of strengthening multilateralism, which involves placing a greater focus on “moving forward together” than on “my country first”. Only by working together can countries resolve the most urgent international challenges – conflict prevention, climate change, cyber issues and new technologies. That is why these issues need to be discussed in the UN Security Council. Today, the two Foreign Ministers therefore spent time preparing their cooperation in this important UN body.

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