Posts tagged as foreign policy

EU did not support Lithuania in the confrontation with China (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Lithuania again was defeated in the foreign policy. After the end of the informal meeting of the EU leaders on October 6, Lithuanian president Gitanas Nauseda said that the EU should find ways to reduce its dependence on China by concentrating important industries on its territory and forming a unified approach to China. “I think that the recent events with Lithuania have a certain impact on the overall position of…

Lithuanian foreign policy: image is everything

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, October 7, 2021

It seems as if Lithuanian government takes care of its image in the eyes of EU and NATO partners much more than of its population. Over the past year Lithuania managed to quarrel with such important for its economy states like China and Belarus, condemned Hungary for the ban on the distribution of images of LGBT relationships among minors, Latvia and Estonia for refusing to completely cut energy from Belarus.…

Lithuanian president stresses importance of foreign policy ties with Poland

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Speaking of his foreign policy, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda stressed the importance of strategic partnership with Poland and established connection with the country’s leader Andrzej Duda. “Bilateral ties, I would stress strategic partnership with Poland, and we have restored the activity of the presidents’ council, and we have developed a great personal working connection with Polish President Duda, and my recent visit to Krakaw confirms that,” Nauseda said during his…

Germany calls for abolition of ‘paralysing’ EU member states foreign policy veto

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday called on the European Union to abolish individual member states’ veto power on foreign policy. “We can no longer be held hostage by those who paralyse European foreign policy with their vetoes. Those who do so are playing with Europe’s cohesion in the longer or shorter term,” Maas told a press conference in Berlin. “I therefore say it openly: the veto must disappear,…

Estonian Foreign Policy in the Pandemic: Interview with Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets

Monday, June 7, 2021

Estonia has a reputation for being one of the most digitized societies in the world. How has this impacted your foreign policy approach, especially your promotion of human rights, free speech, and privacy in the digital sphere? The protection and promotion of human rights, including freedom of expression, is an integral part of Estonia’s foreign policy. The digitization of society has played an important role in defining our human rights…

Is EU foreign policy about to change?

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

In the face of a host of recent international incidents, the European Union appears to be moving toward a more muscular foreign policy, as the tempering effect of Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, begins to weaken. EU consensus is an elusive prize but the mid-air intercept of a Ryanair aircraft in Belarus this month galvanized the bloc. Conducted under the pretext of a bomb threat, the objective was to detain a…

Lithuanian foreign policy is failed (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Thursday, May 6, 2021

Lithuania tends to be ambitious, desiring to become NATO’s main center in the Baltic region. In April Lithuania proposed NATO to provide a Membership Action Plan to Ukraine, thus allowing the country to become a member of the Alliance in future. As a mediator, Lithuania assumes overwhelming obligations to provide assistance to Ukraine for Ukraine’s entry into NATO. Lithuania will help Ukraine adapt to NATO standards, but despite Kiev’s loud…

Belarus in focus during live Nordic-Baltic foreign policy discussion

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Latvia’s eastern neighbor, Belarus, will be the subject of a live online discussion taking place April 8 at 15:00 Rīga time (GMT 3). The Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, invites you to the presentation and the discussion of its latest policy brief: “Baltic and Nordic Responses to the 2020 Post-Election Crisis in Belarus”. The presentation and discussion will take place in…

The Baltic States are the European troublemakers

By Antanas Tubelis on Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Foreign policy of the Baltic States creates conflicts in the international relationship of Eastern Europe. Earlier, head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Žygimantas Pavilionis was delegated to Georgia as a mediator in the political conflict. However, he threatened the Georgian authorities with sanctions for arresting opposition leader Nikanor Melia. Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili called the statements of the Lithuanian delegate offensive and unacceptable. Now Lithuania…

EU foreign policy died

Monday, February 15, 2021

Josep Borrell’s trip to Russia marked the end of Europe’s geopolitical ambitions. European foreign policy died in Moscow last week. The burial will be held at sea this spring, some 35 fathoms under the Baltic, where a towering Russian vessel called “Fortuna” is laying the final section of the 1,230 kilometer-long Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. While the end of Europe’s geopolitical ambitions was long in…