Posts tagged as Europe

Latvia hoping to switch part of Russia-Europe freight traffic to Rail Baltic

Friday, September 13, 2019

Latvia is hoping to switch some cargo traffic flowing from Russia to Europe to Rail Baltic, a high-speed European gauge line, Latvian Ambassador to Russia Maris Riekstins told Interfax on Thursday. “The Rail Baltic high-speed European gauge railway line project to link Tallinn, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany is a big project that I think might be interesting for Russian business people. And there are plans on how we will connect…

The Brief: Migration and Europe’s way of life

By Meabh McMahon, Bryan Carter, Sandor Zsiros on Thursday, September 12, 2019

Migration remains a politically toxic topic in the European Union in recent years. Euronews spoke with outgoing EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos who warns that “Europe should never become a fortress”. “The very first time this term was used was in the year 1933 by Hitler. We don’t want this kind of Europe, but at the same time, we have to protect our borders.” But the division between EU countries…

Vilnius Series: Invest Lithuania

By Natalie Novick on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Lithuania to check out the startup scene there. I’d never been to Lithuania before, but the country has long been on my radar. Part of the reason for this is the many initiatives the country is putting forward to help develop their technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem, with a special emphasis on fintech. These actions have been garnering…

B-2 bombers arrive in Europe for integration training

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A task force of B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft arrived on Tuesday in Europe to train with allies, U.S. European Command said. The aircraft and a contingent of airmen along with supporting equipment deployed from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The aircraft will operate out of RAF Fairford, England, which serves as a forward operating location for bombers, EUCOM said. The B-2 Spirit, which is…

The 20 cheapest city breaks in Europe, from Vilnius to Prague

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Vilnius has been ranked the cheapest city break, costing just over £100 per person for a two-night break. In a new ranking by TravelSupermarket, the Lithuanian capital was ranked the cheapest city break this autumn, alongside Bucharest, Hamburg, Belfast and Turin. The Best Value Index ranked the median price of a package (including flights and accommodation), a three course meal at an average restaurant and a pint in 50 short-haul city…

Europe is in big trouble

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tensions are running high in Europe with a history of paranoia and mistrust. The rhetoric being used raises the concern of a military escalation. And now there are massive war and political games that will only add to the combustible situation. Recently, US formally withdrawn from nuclear treaty with Russia and prepares to test new missile, raising fears of a new arms race. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was…

19th Century Lithuanian Manor Hosts Biggest Flower Festival of Its Kind in Europe

Friday, August 2, 2019

The largest historical estate in Lithuania, Pakruojis Manor, is turning into a fairy-tale location with the first-ever flower sculpture festival in the country, featuring half a million blossom plants and lasting for 3 months. The largest restored historical estate in Lithuania, the 19th century Pakruojis Manor, is known for hosting many interactive historical events, where guests become participants of living history happening right in front of their eyes. This summer, the…

Lithuania’s vision for Europe is neither that of France-Germany

By Jovita Neliupšienė on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

“Cautious optimism” is how Lithuania views the recently elected leadership of the European Union. In an interview with LRT.lt, the country’s permanent representative to the EU Jovita Neliupšienė discusses Brussels politics from the Baltic perspective. A month ago, the European Council agreed on appointments to the EU’s top posts, but the talks weren’t easy. What are we to make of the agreement? As for the appointment of Ursula von der…

$5 billion fine doesn’t mark the end of Facebook’s troubles

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Facebook will pay a $5 billion fine for privacy violations and will be subject to broader oversight, but ongoing probes in Europe and the U.S. could present even bigger headaches for the company. The FTC fine is by far the largest the agency has levied on a technology company. The settlement also comes with restrictions and government oversight. Facebook for a decade had largely been trusted to regulate itself and keep its…

Paris sizzles, London boils as record heat threatens Europe

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Hot, hotter, hottest! Paris, London and points across Europe are bracing for record temperatures Thursday as the second heat wave this summer bakes the continent. Climate scientists warn this could become the new normal. But temperate Europe — where air conditioning is rare — isn’t equipped for the kind of temperatures frying the region this week. So tourists are frolicking in fountains to seek relief and authorities are fanning out…