A grant agreement to finance the first gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania was signed today (15 October), in what European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said mrked the official end of the Baltic region's energy isolation.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won backing from lawmakers today (11 July) for painful reform proposals aimed at obtaining a new international bailout, but he faced a rebellion in his own party that could threaten his majority in parliament.
EU leaders openly quarrelled yesterday (25 June) during the first day of the EU summit over the distribution of migrants from Italy and Greece, and were unable to adopt summit conclusions over a wording controversy.
Lithuania launched a military exercise on Wednesday (6 May) to simulate an attack on its new gas terminal, a move its strongly anti-Moscow president said was intended to show the Kremlin that the tiny country would defend itself.
The Italian daily La Reppublica has published what appears to be the account of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, of an exchange held at the 30-31 August EU summit. Commission President José Manuel Barroso is reported to have told EU leaders that Vladimir Putin had informed him that he could take Kyiv in two weeks if he wanted.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took centre stage at today’s (30 August) EU summit and said that the Union’s heads of state and government had given his country broad support, since it had faced “open aggression” from Russia, adding that the EU's agenda from now on would largely revolve around Ukraine.
The major parties of the Lithuanian ruling coalition agreed yesterday (25 August) to eject a party of Poles from the government amid tensions over its criticism of the government's treatment of ethnic Poles and the party's siding with Russia during the Ukraine crisis.
EU foreign ministers threatened Russia yesterday (22 July) with harsher sanctions over Ukraine that could inflict wider damage on its economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but delayed action for a few days.
A referendum in Lithuania calling for a ban on land ownership by foreigners failed to muster support, sparing the country a potentially embarrassing stand-off with the European Union while it faces increasing tensions with Russia.
The race for the European Union's leadership has turned murkier, with the news that Finland's prime minister is stepping down to seek a European role, while France is touting its ex-finance minister as its nominee for a European Commission post.
EXCLUSIVE / Against the backdrop of completing the six-month rotating presidency of the EU, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? invited Europeans to take note of the protests in Kyiv's Maidan Square ahead of the European elections: “The Ukrainian people want what we have achieved,” she said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
EXCLUSIVE / On the eve of taking the baton from Ireland to chair the Council of the European Union for the next six months, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? vowed to push through legislation that would help lift Europe out of its economic doldrums, especially provisions related to the implementation of the EU's 2014-2020 budget.
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