Posts published in Day: December 9, 2019

Gas War: Ukraine, Russia and Baltic Nord Stream 2

Monday, December 9, 2019

On November 28, Ukraine and Russia held bilateral talks for the first time since 2014 on the conclusion of a new gas transit agreement. With the inclusion of the European Union, will Ukraine be able to reach a deal with Russia? The official position was declared by the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection following the unannounced negotiations,  Hromadske   reported on November 29. “The parties discussed the possibility…

Finland’s EU budget proposal ‘unacceptable’, Lithuanian president says

Monday, December 9, 2019

The proposal of Finland, which is holding the rotating EU presidency, for the European Union’s next multiannual financial framework is unacceptable for Lithuania, the country’s President Gitanas Nausėda says. He insists that the proposal does not provide adequate funding for policies established by the EU Treaty – cohesion and agriculture – and for the new challenges of climate change, migration, and competitiveness. “Finland proposes cutting funding for cohesion policy by…

Lithuanian surgeons perform first blood vessel transplantation

Monday, December 9, 2019

Surgeons at Kaunas Clinics in Lithuania performed their first blood vessel transplantation last week, saving the patient’s leg. “The patient can practically go home today. He underwent surgery on Tuesday and is already walking and can go home,” Linas Velička, the head of the blood vessel surgery division at the hospital, told reporters on Monday. The patient has the occlusive peripheral arterial disease. Doctors initially could not perform the shunting…

Biggest opposition party votes against Lithuanian government spending bill

Monday, December 9, 2019

Lithuania’s biggest opposition party, the conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD), will not back the government spending bill, saying the ruling parties fail to prepare for an economic slowdown and and made too many ill-considered tax proposals. A resolution prepared by the party’s council was adopted on Saturday and calls on President Gitanas Nausėda to veto next year’s budget bill, unless the makes decisions that would deliver on…

Lithuanian history in Hindi

Monday, December 9, 2019

A book on the history of Lithuania has been translated and published in Hindi, a language spoken by some 400 million people in India. Several translators had turned down the job because they didn’t know how to translate many Lithuanian place names. The translation and publication of ‘History of Lithuania’, written by historians Alfonsas Eidintas, Alfredas Bumblauskas, Antanas Kulakauskas and Mindaugas Tamošaitis, was taken up by the Lithuanian embassy in…

EUR 10 mln drop in defense budget will affect National Armed Forces

Monday, December 9, 2019

A 10 million euro under Lithuania’s updated budget bill will make the army reconsider its tactical training plans for the next year, the country’s Chief of Defense Valdemaras Rupsys says. “It’s not a small amount, and when planning the next year’s budget expenditure, we definitely took those 10 million euros into account. But that’s a political decision. Of course, it will affect our activity in some way, it will probably…

How to revamp EU foreign policy

By By Jeppe Kofod, Stef Blok and Tomáš Petříček on Monday, December 9, 2019

Jeppe Kofod is foreign minister of Denmark. Stef Blok is foreign minister of the Netherlands. Tomáš Petříček is foreign minister of the Czech Republic. The European Union has the tools to act decisively on the world stage. But it must step up and use them. As cracks appear in the pillars holding up our rules-based order, it’s becoming increasingly urgent that Europe gets its foreign policy act together. Arms control and non-proliferation…

Trump goes all-in on the tweets

Monday, December 9, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump had a quiet Sunday schedule, with just one afternoon event in the Blue Room. But by nighttime, he had fired off 99 tweets and retweets, going for the usual suspects — Democratic rivals, the impeachment inquiry and allegations of fake news by the mainstream media. Trump’s Twitter barrage comes the day before House impeachment investigators will present their findings against the president to the Judiciary Committee.…

Polish TV celebrity announces bid for presidency

Monday, December 9, 2019

Szymon Hołownia, a TV presenter and a catholic journalist and author, on Sunday announced he would run as an independent candidate in Poland’s presidential election next year. During his campaign launch event, Hołownia said he wants to help repair what he sees as a deeply divided society and political landscape. “The [political] system is broken. To make it ‘unbroken’ we have to have a non-party safety fuse. No one from a [political] party…

Chinese student: in Vilnius there is everything

Monday, December 9, 2019

In Vilnius there is everything – from theater to cinema, from food to bookstores, ballet, and even buildings – is of interest to 28-year-old doctoral student Siqi Yang from China’s Beijing Normal University. She is writing her PhD and conducting research at Mykolas Romeris University’s Environmental Management LAB. But aside from her research and studies, she finds time to attend the Jaunimo Teatras to see a play in Lithuanian (with…