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Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic broke EU law

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic breached their obligations under EU law by refusing to take in refugees. The ECJ says in its ruling that these countries had failed to accept their share of 120,000 asylum seekers who had arrived in Italy and Greece, under a relocation programme agreed by the European Council in 2015. It also finds Poland and the Czech…

Croat and German medics to treat NATO troops in Lithuania

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

An additional team of Croatian and German medics arrived in Lithuania on Monday to treat NATO soldiers diagnosed with Covid-19, according to the Lithuanian Defence Ministry. The medical personnel and special equipment were flown to Lithuania from Croatia on Sunday, according to the ministry. Dutch Captain Evert-Jan Daniels, the battalion’s spokesman, told BNS that 24 soldiers tested positive for the coronavirus. They were moved from Rukla, central Lithuania, to Pabradė,…

EU reallocated €140m to help Eastern Partnership members

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The European Commission says it has reallocated more than 140 million euros to help Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine in their fight against the  coronavirus   pandemic. In a statement on March 30, the commission said it would also “redirect the use of existing instruments” worth up to 700 million euros to help the six countries of the EU’s Eastern Partnership programme mitigate the socioeconomic impact of the…

Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock test positive for Covid-19

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The prime minister’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, was seen running from Downing Street, around the same time that Boris Johnson announced to the nation he had contracted covid-19 on Thursday. In the footage, captured by BBC and Sky news cameras, Cummings flees from a back gate with a rucksack. The health secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed that he had also tested positive shortly after.

The EU to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania

By Jacopo Barigazzi on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The EU is moving closer to opening accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, at least in part because of a determination to show that the bloc can still function despite the coronavirus pandemic. The bloc’s foreign and Europe ministers will on Tuesday discuss a proposal, seen by POLITICO, on opening talks with the two Balkan countries and are expected to give their backing. The talks will be held by videoconference.…

NATO expects allies to maintain defence spending despite virus

Friday, March 20, 2020

As Europe has become the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, NATO is scaling down its military exercises to avoid a further spread but will continue its missions, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a video news conference on Thursday (19 march). “Some of our exercises have been modified or cancelled … but our forces remain ready,” Stoltenberg told reporters in a first-ever virtual briefing. Before the announcements, Europe was preparing for what…

EU’s Eastern Partnership to focus on youth

Friday, March 20, 2020

The European Commission on Wednesday published five key priorities for the Eastern Partnership programme, one of key Lithuanian foreign policy priorities. Launched with six Eastern neighbours in 2009, EaP is often hailed as one of the bloc’s more successful foreign policy initiatives.  Read more:  EU signs visa agreement with Belarus, ending decade-long deadlock The proposal found that the current objectives of the EU’s policy for engagement with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,…

Institutions are urging people to ventilate rooms

Friday, March 20, 2020

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other institutions are urging people to ventilate rooms at work, in school and at home, so it’s important to ventilate rooms in the correct way to release CO² and minimize risk of disease transmission, according to a Latvian Television broadcast on March 17. Apparently, despite prevalence, leaving the window open a crack isn’t the smartest option, as heating the outside…

Germany’s nuclear power regions fear for the future

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Brokdorf nuclear power plant, north of Hamburg has been producing electricity for nearly 35 years. But that is about to change. On the 31st of December next year it will be taken off the grid and decommissioned. It is a part of the German government’s plan to close all nuclear power plants by the end of 2022. Brokdorf is a village of about 1000 people and the plant is…

Lukashenko shows his teeth to Putin

By Zintis Znotiņš on Monday, March 16, 2020

Some time ago, I wrote about Russia’s attempts to use economic levers to force Belarus to submit to Putin’s demands, and many readers didn’t like it. It’s understandable – many Latvian commentators go out of their way to support the Kremlin’s attempts of interfering in the information space of Latvia. Remembering the article about the Kremlin’s instruments of economic leverage used to influence Ukraine and Belarus, it can be predicted…