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EU should see China’s rise as an opportunity

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Europe must make correct judgments about China independently and demonstrate true strategic autonomy, Chinese President Xi Jinping told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. In a telephone conversation, Xi urged Germany and the European Union  to recognise China’s rise as an opportunity, promote cooperation with mutual respect and “exclude external interference”, as tensions between the two sides have been rising over issues like human rights and Brussels regarding Beijing as a…

Lithuania to propose NATO provide Membership Action Plan to Ukraine

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Lithuania will propose that NATO Allies provide a Membership Action Plan (MAP) to Ukraine, thus allowing the country to become a member of the Alliance, according to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis. He said this at a press conference following a meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya, who is on a visit to Vilnius, Lithuanian news site Delfi reported. “We should soon write a letter to our colleagues…

How Germany Has Worked Around Nord Stream Sanctions

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Earlier this month, U.S. President Joe Biden went after Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him a “killer.” Without question, the Biden administration’s rhetoric on Russia will be much harder than Trump’s was. But actions speak louder than words, and contrary to popular belief, the Trump administration’s policies on Russia were far from soft. Biden should take note. A prominent example of this is Nord Stream 2, a Russian gas pipeline currently under…

The “Defender-Europe”. US Army Arrives

By Manlio Dinucci on Friday, April 2, 2021

Not everything in Europe is paralyzed by the anti-Covid lockdown: in fact, the mammoth annual exercise of the US Army, Defender-Europe, which until June mobilized on European territory, and beyond this, dozens of thousands of soldiers with thousands of tanks and other means, has been set in motion. The Defender-Europe 21 not only resumes the 2020 program, resized due to Covid, but amplifies it. Why does the “Europe Defender” come from the…

COVID-19 threats bring chaos to the European dairy market

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

After several months of optimism in the European dairy market, growth halted last week because most countries either extended or imposed new COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, with the Baltic dairy sector also facing business challenges. In recent days, slower-than-expected COVID vaccination rates and new restrictions have reduced confidence in the European dairy market, and as a result, the market sale prices of certain key dairy products have contracted. In the latest…

Belarus opens terrorism probe against opposition leader

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Belarus authorities on Monday announced a criminal probe against the nation’s top opposition figure on charges of terrorism, a move that follows a sweeping police crackdown on protesters demanding the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader. Belarus’ Prosecutor General Andrei Shved said his office has launched a criminal investigation against Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya the top opposition candidate who challenged President Alexander Lukashenko in a presidential vote in August. Shved said in…

J&J to launch Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to Europe on April 19

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) said Monday it would start delivering its single-shot Covid-19 vaccine to Europe on April 19, giving the continent a boost as it struggles to speed up its vaccination drive. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the J&J jab in mid-March, following approval of vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. Unlike the previously registered vaccines, it takes only one dose of the J&J…

UN General Assembly adopts Latvia-sponsored resolution on fighting disinformation

Sunday, March 28, 2021

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday adopted a resolution, Global Media and Information Literacy Week, which was drafted and co-sponsored by Latvia together with a number of other like-minded countries, LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry. UN member states approved the resolution unanimously, with 96 out of UN member states co-signing the document. The ministry indicated that the initiative is a continuation of Latvia’s last year’s efforts…

Lithuania amending laws to pave way for Taiwan trade office

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Lithuanian government has proposed an amendment to its Law on Civil Service to pave the way for opening a trade office in Taiwan, according to a report by the Baltic News Service (BNS), a news agency based in Tallinn, Estonia. The proposal was put forward by the Lithuanian government to its parliament on Tuesday to allow the establishment of trade missions in countries with which it has no diplomatic…

EU commissioner: Europe can achieve herd immunity by July

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Europe could have herd immunity against Covid-19 by July, a European Union commissioner has said, as incoming jabs are expected to speed up the continent’s sluggish vaccine rollout. “Let’s take a symbolic date: by July 14, we have the possibility of achieving immunity across the continent,” Thierry Breton, the EU’s commissioner for the internal market told French broadcaster TF1. “We’re in the home stretch, because we know that to beat…