In the evening of 20 October 2014, the first snow fell in Moscow. CEO of one of the world's biggest oil companies, Total, Christophe de Margerie had a meeting in the residence of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to discuss future investment in Russia.
Posters on bus stops across Vilnius remind us that, this autumn, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary since most countries in the world resumed diplomatic relations with the Republic of Lithuania. The events will probably also celebrate the relations between Lithuania and Poland. Although there is little to celebrate: looking at the last five years, we must state that there has been considerable regress.
Russia would defend the rights of its nationals and Russian speakers everywhere, including abroad. Such are the menacing notions emanating from the Kremlin for some time now. Meanwhile what would the ethnic Russians of Lithuania do if Russian tanks and “green men” rolled into Lithuania?
History is a powerful tool and sixteenth-century Lithuanian noble houses were only too happy to ground their contemporary power in a historical myth which traced their ancestry to Ancient Rome.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.
Lithuania's LNG terminal in Klaipėda, launched in late 2014, has been a symbol of its aspiration towards energy independence, although maintaining the facility has proved a heavy financial load. That, however, is changing.
Even though some of the world's most powerful nations are, or are likely to soon be, led by women, equal gender representation in politics and parliaments is still just an aspiration. Lithuanian gender studies scholar Eglė Krinickienė says that more female MPs leads to better social policies and even economic results.