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The Baltic-Russian History Controversy: From war to diplomacy. CEPS Commentaries, 8 June 2010

Makarov, Viktor. (2010) The Baltic-Russian History Controversy: From war to diplomacy. CEPS Commentaries, 8 June 2010. [Policy Paper]

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    It is routine for countries to send their heads of state to participate in important celebrations in neighbouring states, but there was nothing routine about the Latvian and Estonian presidents going to Moscow to take part in Victory Day events on May 9. These pragmatic moves towards rapprochement on both sides cannot bridge the genuine gap of identity and historical memory between Russians and the Balts overnight, but they could bring closer reconciliation over history a little closer. Much effort will be required for both societies to stop stereotyping each other, avoid blowing up perceived differences and learn to live with the real ones. Now that even Russia and Poland are groping their way towards reconciliation, it is not inconceivable that the Balts and Russians do the same.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Russia
    Countries > Latvia
    Countries > Estonia
    Countries > Lithuania
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Baltics
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Commentaries
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2010
    Page Range: p. 3
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:34

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