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The Baltic Sea of communication

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On June 30th the Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States has moved from Germany to Russia

Cornelia Pieper, Member of the German Bundestag, Minister of State at the Foreign Ministry of Germany

The Baltic Sea unites us by various means, and these close ties are beneficial for us in the political, economic, cultural and humanitarian terms. Today for the majority it is a matter of course, but lately it was not always so.

Undoubtedly, the historical Hanseatic League was the forerunner of the modern European idea - Europe was born on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The trade and the law - at that time the "Magdeburg Law" - spreading along the shores of the Baltic Sea to Pomerania and Lithuania, the Baltic Sea established a freedom of communication. Hansa merchants brought together people and built bridges between cultures, and these bridges are seen today. For example, the anniversary of German school in Stockholm we celebrated together with the President of Germany Joachim Gauck in May, was established in 1612 by the Hanseatic merchants.


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