The October half-term saw the Upper Sixth Politics students set off on a whistle-stop tour of the Baltic region, visiting Riga in Latvia, Tallinn in Estonia and Helsinki in Finland.
Designed to broaden an understanding of European Politics and international relations, the visit incorporated a number of political meetings including visits to the parliaments of Estonia and Finland, a meeting with the Head of Communications at the Office of the President of Est
onia, and a lengthy meeting with the UK Deputy Ambassador to Finland at the British Embassy in Helsinki. Students were themselves confronted by lots of questions from our hosts focusing on Brexit, a source of bemusement to these greater enthusiasts of European cooperation and harmonisation.
The experience was certainly successful in gaining exposure to, and a better understanding of these political institutions, as well as giving the Politics group an insight into independent travel within Europe.