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Latvia to ban wearing burqas

Latvia is planning to introduce a ban on wearing face-covering clothes in public places, Latvian Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs said on Monday. […]

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Lithuania falls short of its development aid commitments

Proudly transitioning from an aid receiver to an affluent Western society, Lithuania has yet to live up to its commitments of financial help to the world’s poorest. […]

President Grybauskaitė meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
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President Grybauskaitė: Difficult challenges for Lithuania and Israel

President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who is in Israel on an official visit, met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The meeting – the first between the Lithuanian president and the president of Israel, who was elected last year – focused on the most relevant issues relating to regional security and bilateral cooperation. The Israeli president, who emphasizes his Litvak roots, and Dalia Grybauskaitė also discussed measures to strengthen Israel’s ties with Lithuania, the presidential press service said. […]

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Barbershop in Vilnius that prefers to employ refugees

As Lithuania is drafting plans how to integrate refugees from the Middle East that the country has agreed to accept, with some expressing doubts about opportunities for them to find jobs in the relatively closed and ethnically homogeneous country, there is one business in Vilnius that exclusively employs foreigners, many of them refugees from the Middle East. […]

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Sigmar Gabriel and Frank-Walter Steinmeier: A confident and realistic approach to refugee crisis

What are our obligations to those threatened by war and violence? What and how much can we cope with? When will we reach our uppermost limits? Each of these three questions is quite legitimate. But if the debate is restricted to the media soundbites “we can do it” and “the boat is full”, then the refugee crisis threatens to tear our society apart. We need an honest discussion about our realistic scope for action. […]

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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.” […]