The emergence of new countries in Eastern Europe after the First World War: lessons for all of Europe

On Wednesday, 20 March, WiseEuropa along with the Centre for Eastern European Studies of the University of Warsaw, are organizing an open debate: “The emergence of new countries after the First World War: lessons for all of Europe.” It is also the inauguration of the exhibition which will soon visit Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Brussels.

The inauguration of the exhibition “The Emergence of New Europe in Eastern Europe” will take place in the Ballroom of the University of Warsaw (32, Krakowskie Przedmieście Street) on Wednesday, 20 March this year at 5.00 pm. In the debate on shaping Europe over the next 100 years will take part: Frank Golczewski (University of Hamburg), Ugnė Marija Andrijauskaitė, Vytautas Magnus (University, Lithuania), Vineta Kleinberg (The Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Latvia), Suvi Heikkilä (University of Turku, Finland), Vlad Alex Vernygora (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia). The debate will be led by Adam Balcer (WiseEuropa).

At 7.00 pm an exhibition, presenting the most important European events during 100 years, will be opened by Jacek Najder, director at the Warsaw City Hall, Polish Ambassador in NATO in 2011-2016,  and Maciej Bukowski, President of WiseEuropa.

The debate will be conducted in English. Event is open but the organizers ask for an earlier registration:

The year 1918 was a key point in European history. Then, after the Bolshevik Revolution, the dissolution of tsarist Russia, the ending or even the end of the First World War, many new countries were created. Independence has been acquired by: Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Unfortunately, some other states, after the declaration of independence in 1918 (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine), were destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1920-1921. The entire process has had a huge impact on the future of Europe and its awareness is crucial to building a shared future.

The leader of the project is a think-tank WiseEuropa, however, the partner institutions that are in charge to accomplish the activities are Latvijas Arpolitikas Instituts in Riga (Latvia), Porin Kaupunki in Pori (Finland), Tallinna Tehnikaulikool in Tallinn (Estonia), Vytauto Didziojo Universitetas in Kaunas (Lithuania) and also New Easter Europe magazin publishing by Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe in Wroclaw (Poland).

The project is financed with the support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union. The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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