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NATO in Riga

November 23, 2006

This weekend takes the NATO meeting place in Riga. I’m very interested, for several reasons, altough I have never been a person very interested in politics, but I have never been that near and an active observer to a political event in this size.

First, one of the topics will probably be the Afganisthan mission.  And of course the German part in it. Likely, other countries as Canada, Britain or Danmark will request a more active participation of the German troops. This would include combat operations which would be, if approved,  a truning point in history of the Federal German Republic, because our troops haven’t ever been induldged in offical combat operations since WWII. Even most Germans see the army more as a kind of better police than as actual fighters.

Besides these politics, large parts of Rīga won’t be accesible at all, just for pedestrians or only partly for traffic. I’m not sure, wether puplic transport from the west side of the Daugava to the east side (and Oldtown/Vēcrīga) is allowed or not. If not, it would be very difficult for me to get there … not to mention that I have no idea if there is anything to go there. I think the cinema is accesible by feet, but I can’t say it for sure.

So I’ll see what will happen the weekend and the following three holidays. Hope I won’t have to sit all the time at home…