Posts tagged as Europe

Duda says they share conservative attitude to traditions with Lithuania’s Nauseda

Friday, July 12, 2019

Polish President Andrzej Duda says he and Lithuania’s incoming President Gitanas Nauseda share a conservative attitude to traditions, and the two countries share a similar historic heritage. Duda is set to welcome Nauseda in Warsaw next week after the new Lithuanian president decided to pay his first state visit to Poland, with Duda welcoming this sign of friendship. “As far as I know, our views on many things are similar,…

Italy shuts down one of the biggest migrant camps in Europe

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mineo centre for migrants located on Sicily Island once housed around 4 000 people. In the past, Mineo was a US military base. Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini participated in the centre’s closure. The minister represents populist and right-wing League party. He has also criticized humanitarian aid groups that assist migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. The decision regarding the closure of Mineo centre was announced in June, when 152 people…

Baltic power synchronization is one of key projects for Europe

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The disconnection of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian power systems from the Moscow-controlled BRELL ring and their synchronization with the electricity network of continental Europe is a priority project, Dominique Ristori, director general of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy, says. Awarded for merits to Lithuania by President Dalia Grybauskaite on Saturday, Ristori told BNS Lithuania that very important steps had been made as part of the synchronization project…

Europol: terrorism threat remains high in Europe

Friday, June 28, 2019

The threat of terrorism in Europe remains high, especially from Jihadists, announced European police agency Europol on Thursday, 27 June. Although in 2018 there were fewer attacks than in the previous year, more attacks of Jihadists were successfully thwarted last year, as stated in Europol’s report. 13 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Europe in 2018. All of those attacks were performed by Jihadists, Europol reported. The number of…

Delegates of Baltic states leave PACE session in protest

Thursday, June 27, 2019

In protest against restoration of voting rights for Russian delegation, delegations of the Baltic states and four other countries cut short their participation in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and return home to consult on further actions with their governments and parliaments. Delegations of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Georgia, Poland and Slovakia said in their statement: “The unconditional restoration of the Russian…

Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West

By Kathy Gannon on Monday, June 10, 2019

The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S. and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the U.S.-led invasion, the extremist group is seen as an even greater threat than the Taliban because of its…

Poland stands for openness of EU and NATO for Ukraine

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Polish MP is convinced that Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine are obliged to avoid any contradictions, especially historical ones, since they reduce the ability to cooperate for the sake of common security. In order for Ukraine to properly ensure its development and security, the doors to the European Union and NATO must remain open for it. This was announced by the Senate of Poland MP Stanislav Karchevsky at the opening of…

Around 15 NATO warships arrive in Baltic for NATO exercise

Friday, June 7, 2019

Over a dozen NATO warships have entered the Baltic Sea, ahead of the major international NATO BALTOPS annual exercise. The ships, which number at least 15 and include the USS Fort McHenry, a dock landing ship, entered the Baltic on Thursday via the Storebælt and the Kiel Canal, BNS reports. BALTOPS 2019 runs from June 9-21 and is under the command of the newly reestablished US Navy Second Fleet. The…

Schroeder says U.S. pressure on Denmark the main reason for Nord Stream 2 delay

Friday, June 7, 2019

U.S. political pressure on Denmark is the main reason for delays on construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe, project chairman Gerhard Schroeder said on Friday. The project has come under fire from the United States and several eastern European, Nordic and Baltic Sea countries, which fear that it will increase the European Union’s reliance on Russian gas. Former German chancellor Schroeder said that U.S. gas is…

Mike Pompeo: the US “has not been treated fairly” by Europe

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Darren McCaffrey spoke to Mike Pompeo on a number of issues regarding the US and Europe. Trade tensions have risen ever since the Trump administration put tariffs on European steel and aluminium exports. The American president has been a vocal supporter of Brexit – something clearly damaging to the European Union. He’s also directed European countries to reject business from Huawei, the Chinese tech giant. On top of all this…