Belarus, Estonia, Russia and the Ukraine are confronted today with questions of their historic as well as current place and standing in their immediate neighbourhood and the bigger pan-European region. Between the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, there will be one debate in each respective country – offering an opportunity for cross-country discussions on relevant questions concerning the shape and form as well as perspectives for community in Europe.
Narva, which is separated by a river of the same name from the Russian city of Ivangorod and is Estonia’s third largest city, is the perfect place to launch this series, which tries to merge respective country-specific challenges with regards to questions of neighbourhood. The Russian-speaking part of the Estonian population, usually in the minority, makes out the majority in Narva. What ways of coexstience can be established? Regionally and beyond?
Speakers and participants from Estonia and Lithuania, the Ukraine and Belarus, as well as Poland, Russia, Denmark and German-speaking countries will include Aliaksei Bratachkin, Karsten Bruggemann, Marius Ivaškevičius, Jaan Kaplinski, Evgenija Lezina, Jevgeni Ossinovski, Silke Pasewalck, and Lidia Starodubtseva.