The Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte
European Union

Netherlands recruits Baltic States to compensate for effects of Brexit

The Netherlands is building new coalitions within the EU to compensate for the loss of the UK as the union’s main free trade champion, and has found partners in the Baltic States. At the same time, a domestic policy issue involving gas supplies and the Dutch stance on Russia have the potential to put what has been dubbed the New Hanseatic League to the test Dario Cavegn writes in the ERR News. […]

Saulius Skvernelis
Defence

Efforts to raise defense budget shouldn’t push aside other Lithuanian sectors – PM

Increase of Lithuania’s defense budget should be even, says Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, adding that other sectors in need of bigger funding should not be forgotten amid discussions about the need to raise it to 2.5 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). […]

Military exercise in Rukla
Defence

Lithuania’s future defense spending to depend on budget, army needs – Seimas speaker

Lithuania’s defense spending in the future will depend on available budget funds and the needs of its Armed Forces, Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, said on Monday, clarifying his position on the matter. […]

US Defense Secretary James Mattis with his Baltic counterparts in Vilnius
Defence

US defense secretary says Baltics set an example of growing defense

The Baltic countries are setting an example for all NATO member states in increasing their defense budgets, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Wednesday after visiting the Alliance’s troops stationed in Lithuania. […]

Military in Vsaginas
Defence

Lithuanian defence expenditures – the largest in Europe?

All NATO members are united in an agreement to dedicate 2% of their GDP to defence spending. Lithuania, which has long not upheld this, has finally begun to increase spending. However an economist points out […]