Speeches

President Kersti Kaljulaid at the International Westphalian Peace Prize award ceremony in Münster

President Kersti Kaljulaid at  the International Westphalian Peace Prize award ceremony in Münster

President Steinmeier,

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen

I sincerely thank you all for awarding Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with the eleventh International Westphalia Peace Prize. Thank you very much. Receiving the award for democratic development is a great honour and privilege for Estonia. Especially at the time when we are celebrating the centenary of our statehood. Especially here in Nordrhein-Westfalen that has traditionally had good relations with Estonia and in Münster with its history of fostering peace in Europe.

The Westphalian Peace Treaty signed here in Münster in 1648 marked the end of the Thirty Years' War. A war that we still remember for its cruelties. At the time, Estonia of course was not yet an independent country. However, maybe you did not know, but Estonian men were fighting in the Battle in Lützen in 1632 in the army led by the Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. The king lost his life in the battle, but just before the battle, he managed to sign an order to establish the first university in Estonia in Tartu.

So, something good comes out of every crisis and links us for centuries. The Westphalian Peace Treaty was the first all-European peace treaty. After the brutalities of the war, it shaped our thinking about war and about peace. It also laid a foundation for the modern international system of sovereign states. Of course, the Westphalian system was not perfect. As we know by now, it did not guarantee everlasting peace and prevent wars.

14.07.2018

 

News

President Kaljulaid accepted the Peace of Westphalia Prize on behalf of Estonia

President Kaljulaid accepted the Peace of Westphalia Prize on behalf of Estonia

"For Estonia, receiving the Peace of Westphalia Prize in the year of our hundredth anniversary for our contribution to the democratic and peaceful development of Europe represents a huge privilege," said President Kaljulaid today in Münster at the official price awarding ceremony.

16.07.2018

 

President Kaljulaid emphasised the importance of maintaining the unity of Europe at her meeting with her Italian counterpart

President Kaljulaid emphasised the importance of maintaining the unity of Europe at her meeting with her Italian counterpart

President Kersti Kaljulaid met today in Kadriorg with the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, who is on a state visit to Estonia. The meeting focused on the migration crisis and security issues, which are currently the main challenges faced by the European Union and NATO; these can only be met when the states maintain their unity.

04.07.2018

 

President Kaljulaid to embark on a work visit to Helsinki and Paris

President Kersti Kaljulaid will depart today for Helsinki where she will take part in the Northern Light Summit of European business leaders and on Saturday in Paris at the graduation ceremony of Sciences Po, an institute of political studies.

29.06.2018