Supervision of Lithuania’s tourism sector insufficient, auditors say

Implementing the Public Audit Programme of 2015, National Audit Office of Lithuania has already conducted one third of the financial (regularity) audits and prepared their reports. The report of the audit of the Ministry of Economy has been presented to the public – how Ministry as well as institutions under the Ministry performed the delegated functions and used the funds allocated for the implementation of various programmes during 2014, the Office reports. […]

Potsdam Conference

Opinion: Potsdam Conference and Russia’s crooked-mirror politics in Kaliningrad

Most of the time history can’t be put to bed even though agreements to end wars have been concluded, victors have drawn new boundary lines, promises made, but they soon get either forgotten or swept under the rug, as if they weren’t there. The story of the northern part of former East Prussia (now known as the Kaliningrad exclave) is a good example of a conveniently ignored agreement made at the 1945 Potsdam conference to resolve the fate of the territory at a later peace treaty with Germany. […]

Happy Cubans in front of their newly opened embassy Photo Ludo Segers
Foreign affairs

Cubans spice up life in Lithuanian Embassy neighbourhood in Washington, DC

The building in Washington, DC, formerly known as ‘Swiss Embassy, Cuban Special Interest Section’ became as of Monday midnight officially the Cuban Embassy. Located right next to the Lithuanian Embassy in the US capital, the brass plates outside at the embassy were changed at midnight, after nearly 55 years of frozen diplomatic relations. […]

No Picture

Opinion: Is America losing the information war?

It would be hard to imagine Athenian generals worrying about the reporting of Spartan news or even, twenty-four centuries later, Douglas MacArthur caring much about media broadcasts from the land of the rising sun. But when General Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Commander of NATO, recently called on the West to make a greater effort to counter Russia’s toxic war of disinformation against Ukraine and its western allies, his concern made perfect military sense. In a world in which the dissemination of information is a key tactical element in violent conflicts, the West and America have remained far too passive in confronting both the insidious campaign of lies on Russian state-controlled media and the notoriously effective internet recruitment efforts of terrorist groups. […]

Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and US Secretary of State, John Kerry  Photo Ludo Segers
European Union

EU’s Federica Mogherini discusses Ukraine and security with John Kerry.

On Wednesday, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, met with US Secretary of State, John Kerry. The two discussed a number of issues during a luncheon meeting, in particular the situation in Ukraine, the recent wave of terrorist violence in France and other EU countries, energy independence, and other security issues. […]

Lithuanian Ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis questioning the funding and a strategy to fight Russian propaganda at UABA meeting.  Photo Ludo Segers
Foreign affairs

Lithuanian ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis: We do not invest in our relations with the United States

Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States of America Žygimantas Pavilionis thinks that the US administration under President Barack Obama has been naive in wishing to “reset” relations with Russia, but this is the trap that every new president falls into. He hopes, however, that Obama’s successor – be it Hillary Clinton or someone else – will have a better grasp on geopolitical realities of Eastern Europe. […]

Foreign affairs

Lithuanian foreign minister visiting US

On 5-14 October, Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius as part of the delegation headed by Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius is visiting the United States of America – Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago and Madison. […]

Signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

Opinion: Molotov-Ribbentrop and the birth of the Lithuanian-American alliance

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed 75 years ago is remembered as the beginning of an alliance between Hitler and Stalin that divided Eastern Europe between the two totalitarian dictators and opened the way to World War II. That it certainly was, but the accord had another impact as well: reaction to it marked the beginning of an alliance between Lithuania and her Baltic neighbours with the United States. […]