Posts tagged as Europe

Lithuania does not cope with the duty of the outpost of Europe

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, June 28, 2021

In the event of a critical situation on the border with Belarus, the Lithuanian army is ready to participate in the protection against the penetration of illegal migrants. This was stated in an interview with ELTA by the Minister of Defense of Lithuania Arvydas Anušauskas. “The armed forces are in constant readiness, which is an important factor. If the need arises to organize border protection, the army will organize additional…

What a post-Netanyahu Israel means for EU

Thursday, June 24, 2021

It is no secret that a sigh of relief was heard throughout most of Europe’s corridors of power when Benjamin Netanyahu was stripped of his power last week, after more than 12 years as Israel’s prime minister. Under his leadership, and increasingly in the past 4-5 years, the EU’s relations with Israel have deteriorated and had become strained at the very best. The views of Europe by Israel’s new prime minister,…

Latvia’s recovery plan endorsed

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said June 22 she was “happy to endorse Latvia’s recovery plan” as part of a wider European Union effort to kickstart the economy and wider society in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking in Rīga, von der Leyen promised the package of measures would transform European society. Speaking alongside Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, von der Leyen said: “Next Generation EU is…

How Brexit fuelled Lithuania’s ambitions to become Europe’s fintech capital

By Keumars Afifi-Sabet on Monday, May 31, 2021

Lithuania is only a small country on the outskirts of the European Union (EU) with palatable weather and complicated history; a modest economy and population a third the size of London’s would hardly render it a key player on the global stage. You will, therefore, perhaps be forgiven for overlooking the fact that this Baltic nation, rich with lavish landscapes and stunning castles, has, in recent years, surged to become…

NATO’s actions in the Baltic States can not be assessed as defensive maneuvers

By Antanas Tubelis on Sunday, May 30, 2021

From May 17 to June 5, the Spring Storm exercise is being held in Estonia, in which about 7,000 military personnel from several NATO countries are taking part. In addition to Estonia, exercise of the same kind is also taking place on the southern flank of NATO, and all these maneuvers are taking place as part of the larger Defender Europe 2021 exercise. Military experts believe that NATO exercises pose…

Europe doesn’t really need NATO

By Antanas Tubelis on Saturday, May 29, 2021

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are among the main of U.S. foreign policy promoters in Europe. Governments of these countries are absolutely not independent in making decisions and always follow the orders that come from overseas. The Russian Federation is one of the main competitors of the United States. However, the EU is also a competitor of the USA (mainly in the field of economy). Therefore, keeping Europe under control and…

Plant wonders: Healthy lingonberries can be grown in the garden, too

Monday, May 24, 2021

Lingonberries grow best in the wild, mostly in somewhat shady pine forests. Dense foliage reduces the berries. Deforested places in Europe seldom see good lingonberry crops, leading some to cultivate this healthy plant in their gardens. In Latvia, many still take to the forests to pick lingonberries, but there are enthusiasts who try to grow their own. Alfreds Ripa is a plant breeder and has authored a book as well…

Vaccinated population in Latvia differs from rest of Europe

Monday, May 24, 2021

Although the Covid-19 vaccination rate is growing and finally reaching over 100 thousand jabs per week, Latvia looks quite different from other European countries, not only in terms of the slow pace, but also with population that has been reached, Latvian Television broadcast “De facto” reported May 23. In Latvia, the age group over 60 has a higher percentage of vaccinated people than other groups, but this is insufficient on the overall background.…

End of Scandinavian Neutrality: NATO’s Militarization Of Europe

By Rick Rozoff on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

There was a noble if naive expectation that with the effective dissolution of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact in 1989 and even more so with its formal dismantling and the breakup of the Soviet Union itself into fifteen new countries two years later that an era of peace in the world and demilitarization of the European continent was dawning. The peace might not be a just one, leaving the major Western…

EC forecasts Latvia’s economy growth at 3.5%

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

As the epidemiological situation improves, more rapid economic growth is expected in the second half of the year and the Latvian economy is forecast to grow by 3.5% in 2021, Valdis Dombrovskis, executive director of the EC President, told LETA May 12. He said that Latvia’s economy shrank by 3.6% last year due to the impact of the pandemic. The services sectors associated with handling people were most affected. At the…