by Kerli Kirsimaa From November 5th to 12th  2014 a group of international young people from countries such as Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, the Neherlands, Denmark, Germany, France, Bosnia, Estonia and Moldova, took part in a training course called ‘Youth Participation Outside the Ballot Box’, A project organized by Danish organization of Support Initiative for Liberty and […]

What is the Baltic Sea Region? How can we best define it? Does the region actually exist or is it just a spatial construct? And is there a common Baltic Sea Region identity? These are just a few examples of questions that occur again and again as part any discussion about the Baltic Sea Region. […]

by Iulius-Cezar Macarie Since the collapse of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) twenty-five years ago, Europe has seen periods of social unrest and economic crisis coupled with revolts against austerity plans.  Social resistance has been growing across the CEE against the neo-liberal economic model with its disastrous effects on the national economies of the […]

Outside of Finland, Finnish literature is something that has been largely neglected. To some extent this is related to the fact that only a small fraction of Finnish literature has been translated into English – although a greater number of Finnish books is available in German, Estonian or French, for example. And perhaps it would […]

Following the success and positive feedback of last year’s Cambridge Baltic Conference, this year’s event will focus on innovation in education. The first Cambridge Baltic Conference took place last year and attracted over 300 guests and a number of extraordinary speakers, including Valdas Adamkus, the President of Lithuania, and Siim Kallas, the Vice-President of the European […]

As Latvians today go to the vote, CtB takes a look back at one of its favourite Baltic capitals! We captured the last days of Riga’s Indian summer just as the city was preparing for Latvia’s parliamentary elections. With the situation in Ukraine far from de-escalating, and large portions of Latvia’s own sizeable Russian minority unhappy about their own […]

A review of the One BSR final conference in Helsinki ’The Region is chasing a Phantom’ Anthony Jay, Council of the Baltic Sea States by Kerli Kirsimaa The closing event of the One Baltic Sea Region Project[1], a two-year venture as part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, was held on 4th […]

Text and images: Maria Fernanda Stinghen Gottardi Magic, symbolic, idyllic and inspiring. Those are the words that come to mind when I remember my experience at the festival Mėnuo Juodaragis (MJR) XVII, in Lithuania, a  mosaic of Baltic culture where old and new traditions meet. From bonfires to jewellery, from sculptures and ceramics to a childeren’s […]

by Hannah Phillips ‘In times of oppression the struggle for independence is considered a serious matter, and the fight for women’s rights is not… It took some time before I realized that democracy in Poland has a masculine gender’ – Marion Janion (Conference of Polish Women, 2009) Last month, in defiance of Poland’s Conservative Catholic right, Poland’s […]

Crossing the Baltic is currently looking for motivated young individuals to join our team as bloggers, writers and editors. Previous experience in blogging, academic blogging or journalism is desirable, interest in the Baltic Sea Region and/or eastern Europe and Scandinavia is absolutely essential. It is a great way for all aspiring journalists to gain some […]

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