Foreign affairs

(Non)Lithuanian foreign policy accents on the other side of the new year

Following the end of the year, three foreign policy events would be good to discuss, having one way or another been significant to Lithuanian interests. By my subjective evaluation, they have been insufficiently showcased to […]

Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin
Defence

The French President’ Munich 1938

In the tradition of European historical memory of the 20th century, the mention of Munich reminds us of the 1938 agreements between Germany, France, and Britain on the future of Czechoslovakia. It is symbolic that […]

Economy

Strong Lithuanian economy growth despite Euro area weakness

Strong Lithuanian economy growth was impressive, it expanded 3.9% annually in this first quarter of 2019. Meanwhile, season and calendar adjusted quarterly growth stood at 1%, Swedbank announced.  Lithuanian economy growth was supported by very […]

Viktor Orban with Angela Merkel
Opinion

Two plus two is not necessarily four: German policy towards the Visegrád countries

Until 2015, very few people had heard of the term “Visegrád Group” in Germany, let alone had a sense about its purpose. At that time the group – also called “V4” after its four member states Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – saw its main task in the coordination and exchange of information, national positions, as well as cooperation on „soft“ projects such as infrastructure. […]

Ursula von der Leyen with German troop in Lithuania
Defence

Germany pledges to invest 110 mln euros in Lithuanian military bases

German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen pledged continued support to Lithuania’s military with investments and troops during her visit to Lithuania on February 5. […]