EUROPEAN UNION

Merkel: Fake news about troops in Lithuania show we should be alert

Friday, February 24, 2017 09:59
The news in Lithuania about an underage girl allegedly raped by troops show the need to be alert of such provocations, says Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Chancellor Merkel pledges support to Lithuania's efforts for Astravyets safety

Thursday, February 23, 2017 15:53
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged support to the Lithuanian efforts of ensuring safety of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus, however, does not speak about blocking the plant on the scale of the European Union (EU).

PM seeks Germany's support on power grid synchronization, Belarus' N-plant

Thursday, February 23, 2017 11:34
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis plans to focus on energy issues, such as the planned synchronization of the Baltic power transmission grids with the Western European system and the safety of the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus, during Thursday's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

PM Skvernelis in Germany to meet with Chancellor Merkel

Thursday, February 23, 2017 09:44
German flag on the Bundestag roof
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Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday to discuss the EU's agenda, as well as energy and security issues.

Energmin sees some positive shift in Latvia's stance on Belarus' N-plant

Thursday, February 23, 2017 09:20
Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas says that an agreement has been reached with Latvia to appoint a group of experts to look at possible ways of blocking electricity from Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant, which could signal a positive shift in the neighboring country's more reserved position toward the facility under construction some 50 kilometers from Vilnius.

Brexit minister in Vilnius: UK expects generous EU deal on migrants (2)FREE

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 16:25
David Davis, Britain's minister in charge of the country's exit from the European Union (EU), has said in Vilnius he expected a generous agreement from the community in connection to post-Brexit rights of EU citizens.

PM vows to insist on non-discrimination against Lithuanians in Brexit talks

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:45
In talks on Britain's exit from the European Union, the Lithuanian government will demand assurances that Lithuanians living in the UK will not be discriminated against, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday ahead of a meeting with Britain's Brexit secretary.

Prosecutor invited to give explanation to EU Parlt in MEP Paksas' case (1)

Monday, February 20, 2017 16:38
Lithuanian Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis on Monday received an invitation from the European Parliament to come and explain why Lithuania's law-enforcement is asking the EU legislature to strip MEP Rolandas Paksas, a former leader of the Order and Justice Party, of his immunity.

EC: Lithuanian move to ban RTR Planeta broadcast in line with EU law (1)

Monday, February 20, 2017 11:08
The Lithuanian decision to ban broadcasts of the Russian television channel RTR Planeta for instigation of hatred is not in violation of the European Union's (EU) law, the European Commission said on Friday.

Minister of Energy to urge Estonia hold unified stance on Astravyets N-plantFREE

Monday, February 13, 2017 10:42
Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas intends to urge his Estonian counterpart to hold a unified stance on the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus next to Lithuania's border. Vaičiūnas is scheduled to meet with Estonia's Minister for Economy and Infrastructure, Kadri Simson, in Tallinn on Monday.

Germany Minister of Defence: Never again will freedom of Lithuania be sacrificed

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 10:58
In her congratulatory message to the German-led NATO battalion in Lithuania, Germany's Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday pledged to defend Lithuania's freedom and independence.

Lithuanian, UK officers conduct joint human trafficking probe

Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:08
Lithuanian and UK officers are conducting a joint probe into human trafficking, police in the port city of Klaipėda said on Thursday.

EU parlt panel asks Lithuanian prosecutor to attend hearings on MEP Paksas' immunity

Thursday, February 2, 2017 11:36
The European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs has asked Lithuanian Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis to attend hearings on stripping MEP Rolandas Paksas of his immunity in an influence peddling case.

Foreign Minister thanks Germany for security guarantees

Thursday, February 2, 2017 11:16
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Wednesday had a telephone conversation with Germany's new Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to discuss bilateral relations and European challenges, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said.

Lithuanian EC member indirectly criticizes Trump, other officials silent

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 10:43
European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis of Lithuania has indirectly criticized the immigration ban imposed by US President Donald Trump, while other Lithuanian officials have chosen the tactic of silence and refrained from comments.

Britain to strengthen embassy in Lithuania ahead of Brexit talks

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 14:48
Britain is set to strengthen its embassies in Lithuania and other Central and Eastern European countries in an effort to win support for Brexit negotiations, the media and diplomats say.

Need for support to cohesion remains stable - EC member in Vilnius

Friday, January 27, 2017 10:58
European Commissioner Corina Cretu in charge of regional policies has said in Vilnius that the European Union's (EU) budget would become smaller after Brexit, however, the need to support reduction of social exclusion remains.

Milk producers of Lithuania, European states discard 5 t of powdered milk in Brussels

Monday, January 23, 2017 14:40
Approximately 150 milk producers from Lithuania and other European countries discarded about 5 tons of powdered milk outside the European Council building in Brussels on Monday in protest of sales of intervention powder on the market.

Lithuanian milk producers protesting in Brussels

Monday, January 23, 2017 10:44
Lithuanian milk producers are holding a rally in Brussels on Monday in protest of intervention powdered milk sale on the market, as this could slash prices of raw milk and its products.

EC: Lithuania may fall short of Stability, Growth Pact standards

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:49
Lithuania's 2017 draft budget plan may fall short of the provisions of the Stability and Growth Pact, however, this could be avoided by way of an exception, if the social model is listed as a structural reform, the European Commission has said.

President congratulates Tajani on election as EP president

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:39
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has extended congratulations to the newly elected president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

ForMin Linkevičius' post-Brexit wish to UK: Preserve "what has been created"FREE

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 17:45
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has said that the United Kingdom should not start its relations from zero after leaving the European Union (EU), suggesting to "preserve that has been created."

Lithuania's PM not sure he'll sign Rail Baltica deal

Monday, January 16, 2017 14:34
Rail Baltica
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Estonia plans for the prime ministers of the Baltic states to sign the deal on the European-gauge railway Rail Baltica project, however, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is not sure about the signing.

Le Pen's election would mean end of EU - French expert in Lithuania (1)

Friday, January 13, 2017 14:44
Election of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen as France's president would mean the end of the European Union, French expert Francois Heisbourg said in Lithuania on Friday.

Central, Eastern European politicians urge Trump to stop concessions to Russia

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 09:50
Donald Trump
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Central and Eastern European politicians have urged United States President-Elect Donald Trump to stop making concessions to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he could view the steps as weaknesses and undertake provocations against the Baltic states and Poland.

Baltic ambassadors to ZEIT Online: Baltic states aren't ex-Soviet republics (10)FREE

Friday, January 6, 2017 10:58
Ambassadors of the three Baltic states have asked the German media to stop referring to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to as former Soviet republics.

President vows to seek post-Brexit guarantees for expatriates

Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:12
Theresa May
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Lithuania will seek all possible guarantees for Lithuanians living in the United Kingdom after that country leaves the European Union, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said ahead of her bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels on Thursday.

New nationalism and the Baltic States (3)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:19
Leading world’s news channels, newspapers and political commentators ring the alarm of the re-emergence of chauvinistic nationalist politics at the thresholds of Western democracies. After the rather unexpected results of the US presidential election and the Britain’s referendum, many hold their breath waiting for the voting results of other EU member states and anxiously wondering how far nationalist sentiments can spread though-out Europe like a black death.

Prosecutors want Real IRA defendant imprisoned for 10 yrsFREE

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:40
The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office has asked a Vilnius court so send Michael Campbell, an Irish citizen who has cleared of charges of preparing to supply weapons from Lithuania to the Real Irish Republican Army.

Lithuanians alarmed over French presidential elections

Monday, November 28, 2016 11:51
Analysts in Lithuania are alarmed that Francois Fillon, the favorite in the French presidential elections, may constitute a threat to the Baltic states due to his friendly attitude towards Russia.