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China 24-05-2021

Lithuania quits ‘divisive’ China 17+1 group

Lithuania said on Saturday (22 May) it was quitting China's 17+1 cooperation forum with central and eastern European states that includes other EU members, calling it "divisive".
Global Europe 14-05-2021

Baltics step closer to plugging into EU power grid, ending dependence on Russia

Three EU Baltic states on Thursday (13 May) took a big step toward accessing the bloc's power grid, a move intended to end energy dependence on Russia dating back to the Soviet era.
Energy 19-03-2021

The untapped green energy potential of the Baltic States

Offshore wind could not only propel the Baltics to the forefront of the energy transition, but also to the ranks of clean energy exporters, writes Lukas Trakimavičius.
Energy 02-03-2021

Lithuania to start supplying LNG to Poland next year

Lithuanian state-controlled energy company Ignitis Group will start supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Poland next year when a new pipeline between the two countries comes online, its CEO said on Monday (1 March).
Brexit 22-02-2021

UK fintechs seek ‘cure for Brexit’ in Lithuania

Thanks in part to Brexit, Lithuania is becoming a fintech hub as a growing number of UK-linked digital financial companies are getting licences there so they can continue to operate in the European Union.
Politics 14-01-2021

Lithuanian MEP apologises in homophobia row

A Lithuanian MEP accused of homophobia apologised on Wednesday (13 January) after fellow lawmakers threatened to expel him from the liberal Renew grouping in the European Parliament.
China 10-11-2020

Lithuania to support ‘those fighting for freedom’ in Taiwan

Lithuania's new ruling coalition agreed on Monday (9 November) to commit their incoming government to support "those fighting for freedom" in Taiwan, threatening to hurt the small EU member's relations with China, a potential investor in its main port.
Azerbaijan 27-10-2020

How Baltics tried and failed to end war in Nagorno-Karabakh

When the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region disputed by Azerbaijan and Armenia, began in the late 1980s, Lithuania and the Baltic states helped bring the warring sides to the negotiating table in Riga. Despite sharing tea, jokes, and reaching an early breakthrough – the deal ultimately failed.
Global Europe 29-09-2020

In Baltics, Macron defends French dialogue with Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron insisted on Monday (28 September) that Europe should cooperate with Russia to build peace in Europe, despite calls among European Union peers to review his stance towards Moscow after the poisoning of a Russian opposition leader.

Lukashenko closes borders with Poland and Lithuania, says he doesn’t want ‘war’

Belarus will close its borders with EU neighbours Poland and Lithuania and step up security measures at the Ukrainian frontier, President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Thursday (17 September).
Eastern Europe 07-09-2020

Lithuania says EU’s inaction over Belarus undermines foreign policy credibility

The EU's lack of action over Belarus is undermining the credibility of its foreign policy, Lithuanian foreign affairs minister Linas Linkevicius told the Financial Times newspaper in an interview published on Sunday (6 September).
Europe's East 01-09-2020

Baltic states ban Lukashenko amid crackdown on opposition

The Baltic states on Monday (31 August) banned embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as he cracked down further on the opposition movement following another huge rally at the weekend.
Elections 24-08-2020

Tens of thousands in Lithuania form human chain for Belarus

Tens of thousands of Lithuanians linked arms on Sunday (23 August) in solidarity with the people of neighbouring Belarus who have been holding mass protests against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko since a disputed presidential election two weeks ago.
Europe's East 16-08-2020

Belarus leader says Putin offers help as pressure builds

Vladimir Putin has offered to help ensure Belarus's security, according to its president Alexander Lukashenko, as pressure builds on the strongman leader and opposition protesters prepare for a show of force Sunday (16 August).
Europe's East 11-08-2020

Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaya taken to Lithuania

Belarusian opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has travelled to Lithuania from Belarus amid the protests and is safe, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said in a Twitter post on Tuesday (11 August). Tikhanovskaya emerged as Alexander Lukashenko’s main rival at Sunday’s...
Europe's East 19-06-2020

Eastern Partnership teleconference sets priorities for summit in spring

EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP) heads of state and governments as well as European institution leaders met on Thursday  (18 June) to discuss the COVID-19 crisis as well as reaffirm the strategic partnership and discuss its future. However, the talks...
Digital & Media 05-06-2020

EU code of practice on disinformation ‘insufficient and unsuitable,’ member states say

A coalition of EU member states have hit out at the bloc's efforts to stem the spread of disinformation, calling the self-regulatory framework currently in place "insufficient and unsuitable."

Baltics open Europe’s first pandemic ‘travel bubble’ as curbs ease

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia opened their borders to each other at the stroke of midnight, creating the first "travel bubble" within the European Union in a bid to jump-start economies broken down by the coronavirus pandemic.
Energy 13-03-2020

Six EU countries join call for 100% renewable energy scenario

Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Spain have sent a joint letter to the European Commission calling for the inclusion of a 100% renewable energy scenario in long-term climate projections.

Eastern Europeans want more EU funds for military mobility

The EU should provide more funds to enable faster movement of military forces across Europe, defence ministers from four eastern European member states said on Tuesday (10 March), two weeks before the bloc starts a new round of divisive talks over the next seven-year budget.
Energy 23-01-2020

EU’s creeping clean energy efforts risk missing 2020 goal  

Renewable energy made up 18% of the EU’s power consumption in 2018, according to statistics compiler Eurostat. But the slow pace of development may leave the bloc short of its 2020 target.
Energy 07-10-2019

US to help secure Baltic energy grid against cyber-attacks

The United States and Baltic states on Sunday (6 October) agreed to beef up cooperation to protect the Baltic energy grid from cyber-attacks as they disconnect from the Russian electricity grid.
Europe's East 07-08-2019

Lithuania wants EU to bar east Ukraine’s Russian passports

Lithuania is working with the European Union to establish a common policy not to recognise Russian passports issued in east Ukraine, currently controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, Vilnius said Tuesday (6 August).
Agrifood 24-07-2019

EU bans cod fishing in Baltic Sea

The EU announced Tuesday (23 July) an immediate ban on fishing cod, the staple of Britain's fish and chips, in most of the Baltic Sea in response to an impending stock collapse.