The great reluctance – how can Germany’s lack of leadership vis-a-vis Russian aggression in Ukraine be explained?

Germany’s indecision following the Russian invasion of Ukraine has tarnished its reputation. Centre – and Eastern European countries, in particular, have grown frustrated in view of the German government’s slow pace of delivering heavy arms […]


Bankruptcy of JSC Baltic Defence Industries in Lithuania

The Lithuanian defence industry is quite small and produces mostly tier 2 and tier 3 type products. Most of the production goes for export, which comprises around one percent of all the state export. Two […]

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. […]

Donald Trump

Baltic security in the age of Trump

The election of Donald J. Trump as US President on November 7, 2016 has brought a year of living dangerously for the Baltic States, as the region nervously awaited the arrival of a new Republican […]

Gintautas Paluckas

SocDem leader against bids to grant more than 2% of GDP to defense

After Lithuania reaches 2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) for defense next year, the defense funding should no longer be increased, with money directed towards reduction of social exclusion, says Gintautas Paluckas, the leader of the Social Democratic Party. […]