During the discussion at the National Library of Latvia, photo by Toms Taukulis

The National Library of Latvia hosted “BBC World Questions: Europe and Latvia” discussion, organized by BBC World Service on 9 March 2016. It was a part of a series of debates across Europe as the continent grapples with the big issues of migration, the economy and security.

In the Riga edition of “BBC World Questions”, Jonathan Dimbleby invited members of the public in Riga, Latvia to put questions about how they see the future of Europe to a panel of politicians and thinkers, including the Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs; the Chair of the Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee Ojārs Ēriks Kalniņš; the Chair of "Rail Baltica" Baiba Rubesa and Security strategist from Sweden, specializing on NATO and the Baltic States Magnus Christiansson.

The participants discussed how the country should use its democratic independence, what it means to be European and what Latvia's duties are to the European Union. The programme focused on the impact of immigration on life in Latvia, and also took a look at challenges to security and economic wellbeing in Latvia and Europe as a whole.

The recording of the discussion will be available online starting Sunday, March 13 at 16:00 on the website of “BBC World Questions”: http://ej.uz/LV_BBC_LNB

Source: The National Library of Latvia
Latvian Institute, 10.03.2016, Politics, Security