Andrius Kubilius
Opinion

On the Council of Europe, Russia, and elections of the Secretary General

MP Andrius Kubilius and Reinhard Veser At the end of March 2019, when the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe declared that my nomination was not to be submitted for further consideration to […]

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. […]

No Picture
CORPORATE

Identifying the biggest threats to the country, wanting to both punish and be friends

Which country do Lithuanians see as the friendliest and which – as the most hostile? What is the Lithuanian people’s perception of Donald Trump, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin? What leads to such choices? After asking this of Lithuanian citizens in a number of surveys, not only old truths surface, but also unexpected details. […]

No Picture
CORPORATE

The future of Europe after Brexit: Lithuania and Germany?

Next week, on 17 December 2018, the Presidential Palace will host an important international conference on the relations between Germany and Lithuania. The participants include the Lithuanian German Forum, functioning for thirteen years now and currently headed by Gabrielė Gylytė-Hein, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vytautas Magnus University, and the Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis. Jointly, they will strive to define the strategic guidelines for the Lithuanian-German relations at a conference broadcast live via the Delfi TV. The event will also be attended by influential European foreign policy makers and a large number of entrepreneurs, academics and cultural representatives. […]

Bundestag
CORPORATE

Green Wave in Europe – A New Hope Or ….?

Deutsche Welle, German news broadcaster, called the “Grunen”, the most successful Green Party of all times in the world. What’s more, they named them the greatest political winners of recent times, although the Christian Democratic Union – CDU – has recently won local elections with its allies and subsidiary policy creatures. […]

Arvydas Juozaitis
Foreign affairs

Alternative for Germany building connections in Lithuania

Having gained popularity in Germany, the far right party is seeking supporters in Lithuania as well. At the invitation of presidential candidate Arvydas Juozaitis, three MPs from the anti-immigration and recognising the Crimean annexation Alternative for Germany, have arrived in Lithuania. A. Juozaitis says that their view match over immigration and the European Union, but not Russia. Political scientist Tomas Janeliūnas notes that isolated by traditional parties in Germany, the AfD is seeking international recognition, lrt.lt writes. […]

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin
CORPORATE

Do we conduct our foreign policy in line with the US or with Putin’s Russia?

Last week’s news that, for the past two years, the Government led by Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has been covertly negotiating a draft Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at the United Nations caused quite a stir in Lithuania. The turmoil following the revelation of this fact has not subsided yet. Interestingly, none of the Seimas committees in charge of foreign policy and national security have been informed about the negotiations. The reason behind this was obvious. Both publically and behind closed doors at a meeting of the Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs, government members failed to provide answers to some of the essential questions: why do we have to approve this questionable agreement and who has decided that Lithuania supports it? […]

Ramūnas Bogdanas
CORPORATE

R. Bogdanas. Klaipėda and aggression on the Kerch straits

To sit down with the US president and split the world – this is V. Putin’s great dream. A 20 minute long talk was to be held between the two leaders in Buenos Aires during a G-20 meeting and after – two hour negotiations including delegations. All that remains of this is one question that D. Trump posed to V. Putin as he was walking. This question was not about Syria, not about intermediate distance rockets. It was about the attack on Ukrainians on Kerch straits. […]

Angela Merkel
CORPORATE

A few remarks on the legacy of Angela Merkel

This week has started with a seemingly surprising piece of news. Following a fairly unsuccessful election in the federal state of Hessen for her Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced […]