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. […]

Lithuanian delegation after signing the Lisbon Treaty
CORPORATE

Kirkilas – Multi-Speed EU is no bogeyman

The European Union‘s foundation agreement marks its 60th anniversary on March 25. It was signed by just six states then. Today the Union is comprised of 27 states and around 500 million citizens. The 60th […]

Lithuania's Mindaugas Kuzminskas during Lithuania Latvia basketball game
Opinion

Why relations between Lithuania and Latvia aren’t all that fraternal

Lithuania and Latvia have much in common on a strategic level. Yet relations between the two aren’t especially brotherly. That’s how political expert Linas Kojala put it on LRT.lt. In his opinion it is difficult to pin down a special closeness between the two countries with actual examples. Vytautas Magnus University Professor Alvydas Butkus notes that representatives of the two countries’ governments would seemingly like to communicate but there aren’t close ties between the two societies. […]

Central European countries' flags in Kaunas
Opinion

V4 divergences: symptom of a deeper crisis in Europe?

The spread of the Ukrainian crisis has aroused strong reactions of the USA and the European Union against Russian interference in Ukrainian politics. Russia is a strategic market for Europe and the close trades and financial links have pushed the European Union in the direction of a more moderate and careful response, at first. Because of the stalemate in the dialogue between Moscow and Kiev and the threat of a Russian military intervention in Ukraine, the EU has aligned its plan sanctions against Russia with the USA one, between July and September. […]