The flawed US approach to European reassurance

Sunday, May 29, 2016 10:04
Starting in 2017, Washington plans to begin heel-to-toe rotations of an armored brigade from the United States in Eastern Europe. In some respects, this represents a significant improvement over the assurance and deterrence steps taken by the United States and several of its NATO allies since 2014.

Strange bedfellows: Latvian nationalists and ethnic Russians both want to block entrance of more RussiansFREE

Sunday, May 29, 2016 10:03
It has often been remarked that politics can make strange bedfellows, bringing together groups that one could not imagine agreeing on anything. That is what has been happening in Latvia, where Latvian nationalists and ethnic-Russian residents of that Baltic country—for quite different reasons—both support restricting any further immigration into Latvia from the Russian Federation.

Estonia pays lower price for Russian gas than Lithuania

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 13:17
Estonia’s electricity and gas company Elering paid Russian exporter Gazprom an average €13.50/MWh in April, while, the average gas price on the Lithuanian GET Baltic Gas Exchange in April was €16.41/MWh, reports.

Baltic States aim to create single gas market

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 09:37
The Baltic States are considering creating a single gas market that would facilitate gas trading among the three countries and may include Finland.

Latvia beats Lithuania to OECD membership

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 13:32
Latvia will become the second Baltic state to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The country's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it had received an invitation to join the 34-country bloc often described as the rich club.

Putin's 'master plan' for the Baltic States - new investigation (3)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 09:05
A new documentary by leading Baltic journalists investigates the Russian President Vladimir Putin's master plan for and interference in the Baltic States by following a $100 million money trail that funds Russian-backed proxies in the Baltics.

Vilnius to join forces with Latvia, Estonian cities in tackling alcohol use

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 14:08
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Vilnius plans to sign a memorandum with Latvian and Estonian cities to cooperate on joint projects fighting alcohol use among children and young people.

Latvia celebrates 26th independence anniversary (1)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 09:53
Latvia is celebrating the 26th anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union on Wednesday.

Visegrad 4 countries commit to sending troops to Baltic States

Monday, May 2, 2016 11:47
The Visegrad Group, which contains Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, have agreed to send rotating forces to the Baltic States from next year.

Most illegal migrants cross into Lithuania from Latvia

Friday, April 29, 2016 15:59
Illegal migrants coming from Belarus were the biggest problem for Lithuania a couple of years ago, but the direction of illegal migration flows has changed and an increasing number of illegals now cross Lithuania's border from Latvia, the commander of the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service said on Friday.

World Heritage tourist route to unify Baltic countries

Thursday, April 28, 2016 09:47
The representatives of seven Baltic countries have gathered in Vilnius to create a new unified tourism project to link all the UNESCO World Heritage sites across the Baltic.

Which Baltic capital is cheapest to live in?

Thursday, April 28, 2016 09:07
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A new Swedbank Finance study has ranked the Baltic State’s capitals on their cost of living with some surprising results.

Can Nord Stream 2 be stopped?FREE

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 07:30
Nord Stream 2, the controversial Russian-German pipeline project, is generating fierce opposition in Central and Eastern Europe as well as from the European Parliament and the European Commission. But could the opponents of the pipeline, owned 50% by Gazprom and 50% by some of the largest Western European companies, stop the project?

Finland beginning to doubt its dependence on Russian energyFREE

Monday, April 25, 2016 13:52
Lithuania has been one of the loudest voices in Europe pushing for increasing energy independence from Russia, but not all EU countries are following this strategy. Finland, which is not a member of NATO, is set to increase its dependence on Russian gas and uranium, which has some in the country worried.

Baltic countries in joint effort to block electricity from Astravyets nuclear plant

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 09:15
The three Baltic countries plan to restrict electricity imports from Belarus' would-be Astravyets nuclear power plant, Lithuanian Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis said on Monday.

Estonia 'supports Lithuania's concerns over Astravyets NPP'

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 12:39
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Estonia's environment minister supports Lithuania's concerns about Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant that Belarus is building just 50km from Vilnius, according to Lithuanian Ambassador Neilas Tankevičius.

Norway ramps up production to compete with Russian gas

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 15:58
Norway will allow increased production from its biggest natural gas field as Europe’s second-largest supplier of the fuel prepares for increased competition with Russia and the United States, Bloomberg reports.

Lithuanians spend largest portion of wages on rent in Baltic States

Friday, April 1, 2016 09:37
A Lithuanian needs to spend nearly 80% of the average wage to rent a one-room apartment in the centre of Vilnius, much higher than the proportion that people in other Baltic States have to spend.

'Two years after illegal annexation of Crimea, human rights violations abound' (1)FREE

Friday, March 18, 2016 11:02
Six foreign ministers of the Baltic and Nordic states call on Europe not to let down pressure on Russia over the annexation of Crimea. What follows is their message:

Lithuania happiest country in Baltics but not as happy as Russia (1)FREE

Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:00
Lithuanians are happier than either Latvians or Estonians, but not as happy as people in Russia or Poland, according to the World Happiness Index. The world's happiest people live in the Nordics and Switzerland.