Posts tagged as France

An unexpected alliance may appear in Europe: France and the Baltic States

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

“The newly forged Franco-Baltic friendship stands as an addition to the multilateral security and cooperation structures and does not mean the Baltics are trading Brussels for Paris just yet, but their revamped cooperation, particularly on cybersecurity and disinformation, is set to continue” – writes Monika Bicskauskaite, a program assistant at the German Marshall Fund’s Warsaw office, for EurActiv. This article was posted on February 9th by LRT.LT According to the…

Unexpected alliances forged in Europe: France and the Baltics

Monday, February 8, 2021

The newly forged Franco-Baltic friendship stands as an addition to the multilateral security and cooperation structures and does not mean the Baltics are trading Brussels for Paris just yet, but their revamped cooperation, particularly on cybersecurity and disinformation, is set to continue, writes Monika Bickauskaite. Monika Bickauskaite is a program assistant at the German Marshall Fund’s Warsaw office. When Emmanuel Macron visited Lithuania and Latvia last September, the Baltics were…

Foreign Ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and France signed Joint Communiqué

Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Mr Edgars Rinkevics, Lithuania, Mr Gabrielius Landsbergis and the Estonian deputy minister for European Affairs, Mr Märt Volmer, met in Paris on 26 January 2021 at the invitation of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian. This first meeting in this format was held on the centenary of the de jure recognition of Baltic States by France, while the four countries will celebrate…

Levits sends condolences to France over death of former President

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Latvian State President Egils Levits sent condolences to the people of France December 3 following news of the death of former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing at the age of 94. Writing in French, Levits said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, a politician of conviction, initiator of many decisive reforms both in France and in Europe. One of those European visionaries that the…

France needs ‘strategic dialogue’ with Eastern Europe, not Russia

By Jeroen Bult on Thursday, October 8, 2020

Not always natural allies, France and the Baltic states have a more nuanced relationship than their disagreements over Russia may suggest, argues Dutch historian and journalist Jeroen Bult. Baltics in-depth. “The visit I am paying to your country is a visit of the Eternal France to the Eternal Russia. Since the very distant times when our two nations were born, they have never ceased to feel a particularly special interest…

Questions for the European Dependencies

By Fred Reed on Friday, October 2, 2020

This admirable column gets a modest trickle of mail from European readers, for some reason chiefly in France and Italy but some from the Nordic realms. While these correspondents are intelligent and thoughtful, and sometimes translate my maunderings into their languages, they do not give a comprehensive view of what Europe thinks of the United States—the populations, I mean, not the politicians, who think what will profit them, but actual…

France, Latvia, Lithuania make joint declaration on ‘protection of democracies’

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

France, Latvia and Lithuania have released the text of a joint declaration on the importance of protecting democracy. It is reprduced below in full and is signed by French President Emmanuel Macron, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš — not President Egils Levits, who welcomes Macron to Rīga later on Tuesday. The declaration drops broad hints about the direction future European Union policy should take in several important…

France’s President Macron comes to Latvia

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to arrive in Latvia September 29 for a two day visit. It   will be the first bilateral visit of a French President to Latvia since President Jacques Chirac’s official visit in 2001. Macron and wife Brigitte will be welcomed to Rīga Castle at 18:15 by President Egils Levits, after which the two heads of state will give statements to the press at around 18:35, prior to…

Macron in Lithuania: search for allies, dialogue with Putin, turning point in Belarus

Monday, September 28, 2020

French President Emanuel Macron arrives in Lithuania on Monday – the first French leader to visit the country in 19 years. LRT.lt gives an overview of the main issues surrounding the visit. “France wants to demonstrate solidarity with the Baltic states. […] It is an opportunity for the French press to explain the relationship between France and the Baltics,” Tara Varma, head of the Paris office of the European Council…

President of France to visit Latvia and Lithuania

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

On September 29 and 30 this year, French President Emanuel Macron will visit Latvia, said the press service of the President of Latvia September 16. It will be the first visit by the French president to Latvia in a bilateral format since President Jacques Chirac’s official visit in 2001. News agency BNS reported that Macron would also visit Lithuania at the end of September. France has sent several hundred troops this…