Guest contributions / Positions

by Christopher Lucht* “Why do we need a youth dimension for the Baltic Sea region?” Agnes Lusti (18) answers without any hesitation. “We young people often have a different perspective. But the moderator wants to know more about it and asks for an example. The 150 people in the conference hall of the Baltic Philharmonic...

by Maria Seier, historian and doctoral student at the FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany At the turn of the 16th century, the heralds of the Hanseatic towns met almost without exception in Lübeck for general Hanseatic days. Each day trip usually lasted between three and four weeks and was associated with considerable...

The number of the servants was not worth mentioning or impressive from the point of view of the contemporaries, but the number of the horses carried along. Today one travels by helicopter, for example, to stir up a lot of dust and to accentuate the importance of one’s own person, 500 years ago this dust was stirred up...

It was precisely regulated who received how much wine and in the what quality. This was also the case in Lübeck, as can be seen from the records of the Lübeck town council wine cellar master around 1504. Accordingly, a king should receive four ohms (each ohm equal to 145 litres) and on the following day another 16...

Why was the seating scheme so important? This has to do with the fact that decisions were not taken by majority vote, but were discussed until a compromise accepted by all parties had been found. This took place in such a way that after the first introductory words by the mayor of Lübeck, who normally led the...

In order to discuss the various items on the agenda, which were on the agenda for 1518, the meetings were held from 19 June to 14 July on all working days, including Saturdays. Presumably the meeting began at seven o’clock in the morning with a service in the Marienkirche, but perhaps also in the town hall. The meeting...

By Andrius Kubilius  I am an optimist regarding the future of Baltic Sea Region. Why?  Well, I’m trying to look from historical experience and  in generally to have a helicopter view to all the things we have achieved.  Our historical experience is quite simple. We are preparing for the celebrations of our...

With the recent German Coalition agreement in place, attention turns to Germany’s role in Europe. Though the election campaign revolved around issues of domestic politics, the approved coalition agreement included a chapter on Germany’s role in the EU, Europe and the world. There is talk that Berlin is faced with a...

Crowds at Tallinn Creative Hub during 9th Annual European Union Strategy for Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) Forum in Estonia (4-5.06.2018), proved that there are lots of enthusiasts of Baltic Sea Region cooperation, which is a great sign in times, when so much is being discussed about the rules of cooperation between EU...

Historically, Hamburg was already closely connected with the ports of the Baltic Sea region during the Hanseatic era and assumed an important function as a transhipment and trading centre. Today, the Baltic Sea region is the second most important market region in container transport for the Port of Hamburg after China...