Prime Minister Kallas to visit Berlin

Stenbock House, 18 March 2024 – Prime Minister Kaja Kallas will be on a visit to Berlin tomorrow, 19 March, where she will meet with her German counterpart Olaf Scholz and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier before being presented with an award by the Walther Rathenau Institut.

The Estonian head of government says the bilateral meetings will focus on Russia’s continuing aggression in Ukraine and assistance for Ukraine, as well as furthering relations between Estonia and Germany. “Germany today stands closer to Estonia than ever before,” she remarked. “That is reflected in our bilateral cooperation and in our collaboration in NATO and the EU.”

Prime Minister Kallas and Chancellor Scholz will also be speaking on stage together at a conference organised by the Friedrich August von Hayek Foundation dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the publication of the influential economist’s popular work “The Road to Serfdom”.

While in Berlin, the Estonian head of government will receive the Walther Rathenau Prize, named after the former foreign minister of Germany. Awarded by the institute of the same name, it will be presented to Prime Minister Kallas by Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. The prize is given for outstanding work in the field of foreign policy. Walther Rathenau was a German politician who served as the foreign minister of the Weimar Republic in 1922. He was assassinated by an ultra-nationalist paramilitary group.

As part of her visit to Berlin, Prime Minister Kallas will also be attending the Europe 2024 conference, at which she will be discussing issues related to European defence. She will take to the stage at 13:30 Berlin time. The event will be livestreamed and can be followed by anyone who registers to take part:

Prime Minister Kallas will also be opening a business seminar being held at the Estonian embassy in Berlin.