Posts published in Day: June 1, 2019

Lithuania’s strive for energy security

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Having suffered a nearly 50-year-long occupation, Lithuania has, over the recent 29 years of its independece, built a competitive market economy, become a member of the EU and NATO, and continues to build a welfare state. Ensuring energy security was and continues to be a major challenge on this road. The following are some of my thoughts on the ways energy resources can be turned into weapons used against sovereign…

Estonia: EUR 118 mln planned for Rail Baltic construction in 2019-2022

Saturday, June 1, 2019

According to the Estonian government’s state budget strategy for 2020-2023, the construction of the Rail Baltic railway project is to continue according to a compiled and adopted technical project and received building permits, the budget for the construction work in 2019-2022 is approximately 118 mln euros, informed LETA/BNS. According to the budget strategy concerning the years 2020-2023, the large-scale design of Rail Baltic on the Estonian territory that was launched…

European defense industry could come to regret new US weapons fund

By Aaron Mehta and Sebastian Sprenger on Saturday, June 1, 2019

A new initiative by the Trump administration to subsidize U.S. weapons sales to some former Warsaw Pact countries could rankle European defense leaders, some of whom are fuming over Washington’s recent request for full access to European Union defense coffers. The European Recapitalization Incentive Program, or ERIP, a new tool developed with U.S. European Command to speed the process of getting allied nations off Russian gear, plans to spread $190…

A New Alliance Between Poland, Sweden, and the United States for Baltic Security?

By Tomasz Pradzynski on Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Baltic Sea region has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last 30 years from an area of potential competition and instability in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union to a place of robust stability, deep Euro-Atlantic integration, and economic dynamism. Countries that were previously divided by the Iron Curtain now cooperate on a large scale. The Warsaw summit in 2016 demonstrated NATO’s determination to defend its…

Restrictions on alcohol point of sale displays come into force Saturday

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Starting Saturday, June 1, restrictions are in place on displaying alcoholic drinks in Estonian stores, which will both separate them from other products, and restrict their visibility from outside the point of sale. The new arrangement is aimed at keeping customers from being “inevitably exposed” to alcoholic beverages, ERR’s online news in Estonian reports, and includes restricting product visibility from the rest of the sales area when once inside a…

The U.S. sell “fear” to Europe

By Vairis Godmanis on Saturday, June 1, 2019

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has considered several options for the outcome of the military conflict between Russia and Europe if the US withdraws from NATO. According to experts of the institute, European countries will not be able to resist Moscow. This is reported by the American magazine National Interest. According to one of the options, Russia will seize Lithuania and part of the territory of Poland. This…

Merkel takes aim at Trump in ‘tear down walls’ speech

Saturday, June 1, 2019

German chancellor warns Harvard graduates of the dangers of protectionism and ignoring climate change. Angela Merkel urged Harvard graduates Thursday to “tear down walls of ignorance and narrow-mindedness” in a speech laced with apparent jibes at Donald Trump and his policies. Though she did not name the U.S. president, the German chancellor devoted much of her Harvard University commencement speech to attacking major pillars of Trump’s presidency: protectionism, trade wars…

Evidence of prehistoric settlement discovered in North Sea

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Evidence of a prehistoric settlement on the North Sea has been discovered by archaeologists from Bradford University. “It has long been suspected that the southern North Sea plain may have been home to thousands of people” says one of the expedition leaders Vincent Gaffney. Now however, the team has acquired evidence to strongly suggest Mesolithic human presence in this region. The area of land, known as Doggerland connected the British…