Could the Baltic Way and the Fall of the Berlin Wall recur nowadays?

20 Jahre Baltischer Weg - 20 Jahre Fall der Mauer. Jubiläen von Freiheit und Einheit

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall young politicians from the Baltic countries meet in order to discuss changes for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in their historical context.


The German Bundestag awards scholarships in the framework of the programme ""Internationales Parlamentsstipendium"" (IPS) for about 120 qualified and politically active young people from 28 countries every year.In the framework of the programme the scholarship holders have the opportunity to inform themselves about the work of the German Bundestag and the political foundations. The experiences gained during the programme will be put into practice by the sholarship holders after return to their home countries

A few of the former sholarship holders have founded alumni unions in their home countries. These associations exist also in the Baltic States and in Belarus and will meet in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius from the 17th until the 19th of September 2009

Attendants of the conference from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus will have the opportunity to discuss with politicians, professors and other experts. Main topics will be the freedom movements in the Baltic States and political events that changed Europe (Fall of the Berlin Wall, Baltic Way).


Friday, 18th of September 2009


  • Rimvydas Paleckis

    Former sholarship holder

9.00 - 9.10

Movie screening about the Baltic Way and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

9.10 - 9.40

Opening of the conference

  • Hans-Peter Annen

    German Ambassador in Vilnius

  • Andreas M. Klein

    Resident Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in the Baltic States

  • Jolanta Ježauskaite

    Chairwoman of the IPS association in Lithuania

9.40 - 9.55

Lithuania 20 years after the Baltic Way

  • Prof. Egidijus Aleksandravičius


9.55 - 10.10

The developement of the German-Lithuanian relations

  • Prof. Justinas Karosas

    Member of Seimas

10.10 - 10.25


10.25 - 10.40

About the Baltic Way to independence

  • Mr. Arūnas Grumadas

    Coordinator of the Baltic Way

10.45 - 10.55

The Baltic Way after 20 years

  • Mrs. Evija Rimsane

    former sholarship holder from Latvia

10.55 - 11. 05


11.05 - 11.25

Coffee break

11.25 - 12.00

Might, Powerlessness, Resistance in 40 years of GDR. On the way to German unity

  • Dr. Karsten Dümmel

    Director of the educational institution of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Hamburg

12.00.- 12.20

The resistance of Lithuanian people against the occupation - way to independence

  • Mr. Arvydas Anušauskas

    Member of Seimas

12.20 - 12.40


12.50 - 14.20


14.30 - 14.50

The way of Belarus

  • Prof. Anatoly Mikhailov

    European Humanities University

14.50 - 15.05

Situation of Belarus nowadays and its future perspectives

  • Mrs. Tatjana Yakovleva,

    former sholarship holder from Belarus

15.05 - 15.20


15.20 - 15.30


15.30 - 18.00

Guided Tour through the parliament


Further discussions and dinner

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Hall of the European Information Centre in Seimas, Gedimino pr. 53, Vilnius Lithuania


  • Justinas Karosas (member of Seima)
    • Dr. Karsten Dümmel (author
      • contemporary witness)
        • Prof. Egidijus Aleksandravičius (historian
          • University of Kaunas)
            • Prof. Anatoli Mikhailov (European Humanities University)

              Andreas Michael Klein

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              Head of the KAS office Chile

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