Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga was president of Latvia from 1999 to 2007. She was born in Rīga but grew up in exile after her parents fled to the West during World War II, eventually settling in Canada. In this video, Freiberga speaks about the process of Latvia’s accession to the EU, which she oversaw as president, what joining the EU has given to Latvia, and Latvia’s contribution to the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe.