Posts tagged as Europe

IISS Research: Europe cannot defend itself without U.S.

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, May 23, 2019

International research institutes very often provide assessments which cause just a revolution in the thinking of ordinary people and even politicians. Such reports give impetus to decisive actions and revision of existing strategies and politics. One of such reports is “Defending Europe: scenario-based capability requirements for NATO’s European members” made by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). An independent open-source high-level assessment of how the defence of Europe, would…

Quality of Life in Latvia is not a priority

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, May 16, 2019

Four presidents, 14 governments and eight Seimas have changed in Latvia over the past 20 years. The country joined the European Union and NATO, and then switched to the euro. But have Latvians become better off? Has their quality of life improved? Statistics shows that the general well-being of population remains very low. Political turbulence only worsens the situation. Thus, according to Numbeo.com portal, one of the largest databases on…

Free travel passes to enable young people to discover Europe

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Young people can again register for free rail tickets from 2 May until 16 May, thanks to the Discover EU initiative, supported by the European Parliament. Thanks to backing by MEPs, 30,000 18-year-olds enjoyed the chance to travel in the EU for free in 2018. An additional 20,000 will now also be able to benefit from the Discover EU initiative, which was first proposed during Parliament’s European Youth Event (EYE)…

Ratas: Estonia remaining pro-European, new government backing EU

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Estonia’s course will remain the same in terms of its EU relations, and this is backed by all three coalition parties as well, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) said at a meeting of heads of state and government of those countries that have joined the EU since 2004. That the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) is now part of the government does not change the fact that Estonia will…

Don’t Tell Russia: U.S. Forces in Europe Lack Firepower

By David Axe on Monday, April 22, 2019

U.S. forces in Europe are getting smarter and more flexible. But they still lack firepower. That’s one problem that U.S. Air Force general Tod Wolters, the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, described in a wide-ranging interview that Air Force magazine published in April 2019. U.S. president Donald Trump has nominated Wolters to head U.S. European Command, taking over from U.S. Army general Mike Scaparrotti. Wolters said EUCOM’s mobility…

NATO Confirms Plans For $260 Million U.S. Storage Site In Poland

Monday, March 25, 2019

NATO has confirmed that it plans to establish a storage facility in Poland for U.S. military equipment, including armored vehicles, ammunition, and weapons to arm a full brigade. A NATO official on March 23 told AFP that a report earlier by The Wall Street Journal that said the $260 million facility would be located in Powidz, some 200 kilometers west of Warsaw, was accurate. The WSJ quoted NATO chief Jens…

US Air Force deploys B-52 bombers to Europe in message to Russia

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The US Air Force recently deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe for “theater integration and flying training” exercises with regional allies and NATO partners — a move viewed as sending a strong message to Russia, which is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its military annexation of Crimea. A bomber task force of B-52 Stratofortresses, airmen and support equipment from the 2nd Bomb Wing based out of Barksdale Air Force…

Russia Launches Plant to Reduce Kaliningrad’s Reliance on EU Grid

By Anastasia Lyrchikova on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Russia launched a new power plant on Wednesday to help make its Kaliningrad exclave in Europe self-reliant, as its European Union neighbors seek to unplug their power grids from Russia. Kaliningrad has no border with mainland Russia and has relied on its neighbor Lithuania, which in turn imports power from mainland Russia. But Lithuania, along with fellow European Union member states in the Baltic, Estonia and Latvia, plans to unplug…

EU migration commissioner: Bloc’s migration crisis is behind us

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The immigration crisis to the European Union has ended, believes the migration commissioner, who also stated that the issue in combination with misinformation could still prevail in this spring’s European Parliamentary election. Belgian news portal EurActiv reports that EU’s Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos addressed reporters on Wednesday, March 6, when he said: «The times of crisis, when hundreds of thousands were coming by sea to Italy and Greece are behind…

Which European countries have the biggest gender employment gaps?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Malta, Italy and Greece have the biggest gender employment gap in the European Union, while Lithuania and Finland have the smallest divide, according to new data. The data from 2017, released by Eurostat on Tuesday, showed that Malta had a 24.1% employment gap, compared to 19.8% in Italy and 19.7% in Greece. At the other end of the spectrum, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden and Latvia had a gap of less than 5%.…