Artis Pabriks

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Artis Pabriks (2018)

Artis Pabriks (born March 22, 1966 in Jūrmala , Latvian SSR , Soviet Union ) is a Latvian political scientist and politician .

He was Foreign Minister from 2004 to 2007 and Minister of Defense from 2010 to 2014 of Latvia. From 2014 to November 2018 he was a member of the European Parliament . He was a member of the Tautas Partija (People's Party), the Sabiedrība citai politikai (Society for Another Politics) and the Vienotība (Unity) party . He is currently a member of the Latvijas attīstībai (For Latvia's Development) party. Since January 2019 he has again been Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister.


Artis Pabriks studied history and political science at the University of Latvia in Riga and the University of Aarhus in Denmark , where he received his PhD in 1996. He is the co-author of several historical and political works. Between 1996 and 2004 he was the rector of the newly founded Vidzeme University in Valmiera .


In 1998, Pabriks was a founding member of the conservative Tautas partija (TP). From March 2004 he was a member of the Latvian Parliament . From July 21, 2004 to October 28, 2007 , Pabriks was Foreign Minister in the Kalvītis I and II cabinet . In 2008, like the former Minister for Regional Development Aigars Štokenbergs , he left the TP and took part in the founding of the Sabiedrība citai politikai , which had a more social-liberal orientation. In 2010, this was part of the Vienotība electoral alliance , which one year later became a liberal-conservative party. From November 3, 2010 to January 22, 2014, Pabriks was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense in Dombrovski's II and III cabinets .

In the European elections in 2014 he was elected to the European Parliament , where he joined the EPP Group . Pabriks is one of the 89 people from the European Union against whom Russia imposed an entry ban in May 2015 .

In June 2018, Pabriks resigned from Vienotība and entered the parliamentary elections in October of the same year as the top candidate for the liberal alliance Attīstībai / Par! (AP). Pabriks succeeded in entering parliament ( Saeima ) as one of 13 MPs . As a member of the 8th European Parliament , Kārlis Šadurskis succeeded him in November 2018 . In the new government cabinet of Krišjānis Kariņš , Pabriks took over the post of Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in January 2019. In autumn 2019, he and the MP, Ivars Ijabs Latvijas attīstībai (one of the parties of the AP alliance), who was elected for AP and had also been independent until then, joined.


He is married to a German and has three children. In addition to his mother tongue, he is fluent in English and Russian, can also communicate in German and has a basic knowledge of Danish.


  • with Aldis Purs: Latvia. The challenges of change . Routledge, London 2002, ISBN 0-415-26730-7 .
  • with David J. Smith, Aldis Purs, Thomas Lane: The Baltic states. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania . Routledge, London 2002, ISBN 0-415-28580-1 .
  • Occupational representation and ethnic discrimination in Latvia . Nordik, Riga 2002, ISBN 9984-675-78-5 .

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Andreas Borcholte: Entry bans: Russia accuses EU politicians of showing behavior. In: Spiegel Online. May 31, 2015, accessed June 1, 2015 .
  2. ^ RUS: Russian Visa Blocking List. (PDF 23 KB) In: May 26, 2015, accessed June 1, 2015 .
  3. Pabriks pamet 'Vienotību' un pievienojas 'Attīstībai / Par!' In: , June 3, 2018.
  4. Attīstībai / Par! , Information page of the Election Commission, accessed on November 8, 2018 (English)
  5. Pabriks and Ijabs join For Development of Latvia party , online report on (English)