Posts tagged as Europe

Politicians hide behind civilians

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, June 26, 2020

The United States plans to transfer the command of the 5th Corps of the U.S. Army from Kentucky to Poland and 30 American F-16 fighters from Germany to the eastern borders of NATO. In addition, the United States is redeploying to Poland not one thousand, as mentioned earlier, but two thousand American troops. In addition to these measures, the deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons in Poland has been publicly discussed…

Lithuania increases military capabilities

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Monday, June 22, 2020

The Baltic states continue to be one of the most militarized region in Europe. The planned reduction of American troops in Germany to 25 000 could increase the likelihood of further strengthening of relations between the Baltic states and the United States. Gradually, the Baltic states become Washington’s most reliable partners in the process of escalating tensions in eastern Europe. In particular, Lithuania keeps up politics of militarization of the…

Kariņš: First phase of COVID-19 successful in Latvia

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The first phase of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 ends after June 9, and Latvia has been successful dealing with it, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said in an interview to Latvian Radio on June 9. The end of emergency state in Latvia does not mean the virus has been defeated, Kariņš said. The first phase is at a close now and he is optimistic about the future. “The…

Latvia cancels two-week isolation rule for most European travelers

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

On June 3 the Latvian cabinet ruled that travelers from most European countries will no longer have to observe a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days after arriving. The rules are effective immediately and are based on epidemiological data, applying to countries where the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases is below 15 per 100,000 inhabitants through the past two weeks. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told the press this means the…

Lithuanian teenagers among the most stressed in Europe – WHO survey

Monday, June 1, 2020

Lithuanian teenagers experience the highest stress levels caused by classwork and homework, according to a survey by the World Health Organization published last week. The survey, which polled 4,000 Lithuanian students aged 11–15, showed that Lithuanian teenagers aged 11 were the most stressed among 45 countries. The country was also second among teenagers aged 13, and in the top 10 among students aged 15. Some 68 percent girls and 57…

DEFENDER-Europe 20 is still not neither canceled nor postponed till further notice

By Stero Veberts on Friday, May 22, 2020

Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 was mostly canceled due to coronavirus pandemic. It is the biggest military drills in Europe, that was to be held this April – May. However because of coronavirus outbreak the chain of smaller drills within DEFENDER-Europe 20 was significantly cut. The U.S. troops that were deployed before the outbreak and Europe’s lockdown are still there, and they are awaiting June. Because that’s when Defender Plus is to…

Has Covid-19 caused more deaths in Lithuania than reported?

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The global death toll from Covid-19 could be almost 60 percent higher than reported in official counts, according to the Financial Times. Could it be the same in Lithuania? Many countries across Europe experienced higher-than-average monthly death rates, which may show the real scale of the pandemic. This jump in mortality rates, known as ‘excess deaths’, is associated with undiscovered cases of the novel coronavirus, or people who were ill…

Lithuania ‘more entrepreneurial’ and will rebound faster than Europe – finance minister

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Lithuania’s economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis will be more rapid than in other EU countries, since its businesses are “more entrepreneurial,” according to Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka. “Given that our business is definitely more entrepreneurial than that in older EU member states, Lithuania’s recovery will surely be more rapid and substantial, even though the economic decline will be broadly similar [in all EU countries],” he told the Žinių Radijas…

Europe must have readiness to produce goods of critical importance

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Estonian MEP Urmas Paet said he expects Europe to be more effectively ready to produce goods of critical importance in the future in order to reduce its excessive dependence on China. “The global coronavirus pandemic has shown that the usual supply chains are fragile during a crisis,” Paet wrote on social media. “For example, Europe found itself in a situation of being vitally dependent on Chinese medical protective equipment production,”…

What you need to know about coronavirus

Friday, March 20, 2020

The novel coronavirus has reached Europe, including Lithuania, with full force. As the number of deaths in Europe has now exceeded those in China, we look at how the nationwide quarantine in Lithuania affects you. During our day-to-day coverage, please follow our ‘live updates’ tag to keep track of the news as we get them. IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO COME BACK: Lithuania closed its border on March 16 to foreigners…