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China 23-09-2021

Xiaomi says its smartphones do not censor users following Lithuania report

China's Xiaomi Corp said on Wednesday (22 September) that its devices do not censor users' communications, a day after Lithuania's Defence Ministry recommended that consumers avoid Chinese phones due to a censoring feature in the smartphone giant's flagship phone.
EU-China 22-09-2021

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones with censorship software

Lithuania's Defense Ministry recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities.
Global Europe 10-09-2021

Lithuania pushes back Afghan migrants despite European Court stand

Lithuania on Thursday (9 September) pushed five Afghan migrants back to Belarus shortly after they had crossed the border despite the European Court of Human Rights earlier saying they should be allowed to stay.
China 01-09-2021

Hungary, Poland, Serbia: China’s backdoors to Europe

China benefits from divisions that prevent the EU from forming a unified front against it. That is why relations with EU members Hungary and Poland, as well as with the Western Balkans and Serbia in particular, are getting stronger, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
Global Europe 26-08-2021

Europe’s rights court tells Poland, Latvia to aid migrants stuck on Belarus border

The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday (25 August) told Poland and Latvia to provide aid and care for dozens of Afghan and Iraqi migrants stranded on the border with Belarus.

Lithuania says will complete Belarus border fence by 2022

Lithuania said on Monday (23 August) it would complete a 508-km (315-mile) fence along its border with Belarus by September 2022 to stop migrants it says are crossing in record numbers orchestrated by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
China 23-08-2021

US lends support to Lithuania against China pressure

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Lithuania's foreign minister on Saturday (21 August) and agreed on "bilateral coordinated action" to help the country withstand pressure from China over its decision to develop ties with Taiwan, Lithuania said.
Europe's East 19-08-2021

Poland sends troops to Belarus border as migrant numbers surge

Poland has sent more than 900 troops to help secure its border with Belarus, its defence minister said on Wednesday (18 August), after a surge in illegal border crossings.
Europe's East 18-08-2021

Lithuania accuses Belarus of border violations

A dozen Belarusian officers in riot gear illegally crossed into Lithuanian territory on Tuesday (17 August) while pushing a group of Iraqi migrants over the border, Lithuania's border guard service said.
China 12-08-2021

Lithuania envoy in Beijing to leave China over Taiwan dispute

Lithuania's ambassador to China says she has been asked to leave the country, one day after Beijing demanded that Vilnius recall its envoy over allowing Taiwan to set up an office under its own name in the EU member state.
Europe's East 12-08-2021

370 Iraqi would-be migrants to EU flown home from Belarus

Iraq has repatriated 370 of its nationals from the Belarus border with Lithuania, a government source said Wednesday (11 August), after accusations that Minsk has been encouraging unauthorised arrivals of migrants to the EU.
Europe's East 11-08-2021

Latvia, Lithuania take emergency action over Belarus border

Latvia on Tuesday (10 August) declared a local state of emergency along its border with Belarus, as Lithuanian lawmakers approved the construction of a fence to stem an influx of illegal migrants.
Europe's East 10-08-2021

EU sees ‘significant decrease’ in Lithuania arrivals

The European Union on Tuesday said there had been a "significant decrease" in migrants crossing the border from Belarus into Lithuania after Iraq halted flights to Minsk.
Europe's East 09-08-2021

EU calls meeting on Belarus border crisis

European Union ministers are to hold crisis talks on what they see as a bid by Belarus to pressure Lithuania and the rest of the bloc by encouraging a migrant influx.
Europe's East 06-08-2021

Poland says Belarus lets migrants cross its border in ‘hybrid war’ with EU

Poland accused Belarus of sending a growing number of migrants over the border in retaliation for Warsaw's decision this week to give refuge to Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, a Belarusian athlete who refused to return home from the Tokyo Olympics.
Global Europe 30-07-2021

EU pushes Iraq to stem migrant flights to Belarus

The European Union said on Thursday (29 July) it was pressing Iraq to help stem the flow of migrants to Belarus who are then smuggled across the border into Lithuania.

‘Fit for 55,’ Belarus migrant stand off and Whatsapp complaints

In our last episode of the season, the Yellow Room brings you all the reaction to Europe’s “Fit for 55” climate package unveiled this week. To break down the components of this story we spoke with EURACTIV energy and environment reporter Kira Taylor.
Global Europe 15-07-2021

Baghdad to Lithuania: How Belarus opened new migration route to EU

Days after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to flood Europe with migrants, dozens of mostly Iraqi Kurds started arriving in Lithuania. In a cross-border investigation spanning Lithuania, Belarus and Iraq, EURACTIV's media partner LRT.lt digs into the new migrant smuggling scheme.

Lithuanian parliament votes to allow mass detention of asylum seekers

Lithuania’s parliament on Tuesday (13 July) approved the mass detention of migrants and curbed their right of appeal, a move meant to deter high numbers crossing the border with Belarus but which stirred an outcry among humanitarian groups. Eighty-four lawmakers...
Global Europe 13-07-2021

Lithuania: Official entities participate in Belarus human trafficking

Official entities, such as airlines and tourist agencies, are involved in organised human trafficking via Belarus and should face sanctions, Lithuania's foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Politics 09-07-2021

Spanish PM’s visit to Lithuanian NATO base interrupted by jet scramble

A press conference involving the prime minister of Spain at a Lithuanian NATO base was suddenly plunged into disarray on Thursday when pilots scrambled two fighter jets to respond to an alert that an unidentified aircraft had carried out an incursion over Baltic skies. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Europe's East 06-07-2021

EU condemns Belarus ‘pressuring’ Lithuania with migrants, says Michel

The European Union "speaks with one voice" in condemning a decision by Belarus to allow illegal migrants to cross into Lithuania in response to EU sanctions, European Council President Charles Michel said on Monday (5 July).
Europe's East 05-07-2021

Von der Leyen says flow of illegal migrants from Belarus ‘politically motivated’

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday (2 July) pledged support for Lithuania, which is experiencing a quickly growing flow of Middle East migrants though its 679-kilometre border with Belarus.
Europe's East 16-06-2021

Lithuania says Belarus is helping Middle Eastern migrants to cross its borders

Lithuania's Prime Minister says she believes Belarus is behind a recent spike of illegal immigration into Lithuania, following a threat by its president that it will no longer prevent migrants from crossing its western border.