Reforms needed to put Georgia on European track

Bringing Georgia closer to European but also Atlantic institutional structures continued to be one of Lithuania’s most important foreign policy objectives this year. Despite Russia’s creeping occupation efforts over the summer and the ramping up of its massive anti-Western propaganda machine, the small South Caucasus country is still firmly resolved to follow the Euro-Atlantic course. […]

Linas Linkevičius
European Union

Minister Linkevičius in Berlin: Europe needs Eastern policy based on democratic values

On 25-26 October, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited Berlin, where he discussed bilateral relations between Lithuania and Germany, the Eastern Partnership, and assistance to Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. […]

Alexander Lukashenko

Lithuanian political scientist: politicians desperate to see change in Belarus but there just isn’t any

The recent presidential election in Belarus secured presidency for Alexander Lukashenko for the fifth term. Prior to the vote, the Belarusian regime released political prisoners, which the European Union took as a gesture of good will and is talking about suspending sanctions against Lukashenko and his officials. However, such optimism about change in Belarus is misguided, says political scientist Vytis Jurkonis of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University. […]

Lithuania and Sweden to strengthen security and defence cooperation

On 24 September Deputy Minister Marijus Velička underscored Lithuania’s intent to strengthen military cooperation with Sweden and other Nordic countries in a range of areas at a meeting with State Secretary Jan Salestrand of Swedish Ministry of Defence at the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania. “Nordic-Baltic cooperation is a crucial factor of ensuring security in the region,” the deputy minister of national defence said. […]

Federica Mogherini
European Union

Lithuanian PM and EU’s Mogherini discuss refugee crisis

On Monday, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius met with Federica Mogherini, European Commission Vice-President, European Union‘s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to discuss the refugee crisis and ways to strengthen strategic communications, as well as other matters of international importance, the press service of the Government said. […]

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Opinion: Renewing the Transatlantic commitment to democracy

The dangerous actions by Russia and Vladimir Putin pose the greatest challenge to security and democracy since WWII. This applies not only to the countries within Eurasia, but to our post-war vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace. While not necessarily a return to the Cold War, the current situation nevertheless has brought a clear competition of ideologies to the forefront: democracies founded on free elections, accountable governance and rule of law versus authoritarian ideals of “managed democracy.” […]

David Bakradze

Opinion: Georgia as a member of the Euro-Atlantic community, the present of one generation to another

Georgia’s first “freedom generation” will soon lead the country, economically and politically. This generation has never known anything but a Western oriented Georgia. By implementing a series of reforms associated with the projects of European and Euro-Atlantic integration, the independence generation transformed Georgia to a degree once thought unthinkable. […]

EU's Riga Summit

Opinion: The Riga Summit and its outcomes

The fourth Eastern Partnership Summit was held in Riga on 21-22 May 2015. The joint Declaration of the Riga Summit did not reaffirm either the European perspective of the Eastern European Partnership countries consistently demonstrating the best performance or the political support to Georgia and Ukraine in visa liberalization that Tbilisi and Kiev were looking forward to. Quite the opposite, compared to the Vilnius Summit document adopted two years ago, the tone and ambition of the Riga Summit declaration seemed rather weakened. […]