South Asia and Beyond

‘Modi’s Visit To Europe Is A Reflection Of The New Mood On The Continent’

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Modi’s three-day swing through Germany, Denmark and France underscores India’s growing interest in continental Europe and Scandinavia. The former because circumstances (Ukraine) have triggered a chain of responses that have renewed the strategic focus on Berlin and Paris. And Scandinavia because the five Nordic countries bring a range of technology and skills that India needs.

In this conversation, Banashri Bose Harrison, former ambassador to Sweden who also headed the Central Europe division in the external affairs ministry, looks at how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has renewed the salience of Germany. She also looks at relations with Scandinavia that date back to Nehru’s visit to the region in 1956.

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Tune in for more in this conversation with Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison.