Posts tagged as foreign policy

Latvia aims for a seat on UN Security Council

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Latvia has set an ambitious foreign policy goal: to be a member of the UN Security Council, Latvian Television reported July 27. Latvia has never been a member of the UN Security Council. Therefore, Latvia will stand in elections in 2025 for a seat of a non-permanent member state of the UN Security Council. Diplomats, foreign experts and representatives of non-governmental organisations gathered at the country’s presidential residence in Jūrmala…

How to revamp EU foreign policy

By By Jeppe Kofod, Stef Blok and Tomáš Petříček on Monday, December 9, 2019

Jeppe Kofod is foreign minister of Denmark. Stef Blok is foreign minister of the Netherlands. Tomáš Petříček is foreign minister of the Czech Republic. The European Union has the tools to act decisively on the world stage. But it must step up and use them. As cracks appear in the pillars holding up our rules-based order, it’s becoming increasingly urgent that Europe gets its foreign policy act together. Arms control and non-proliferation…

Vilnius’ foreign policy is turning into inertia

Monday, December 9, 2019

If European security rests on three pillars, Lithuania insists on hugging just one and ignoring the others, a political scientist says, arguing that continuity in Vilnius’ foreign policy is turning into inertia. The three poles of power in Europe are Germany, France and the United Kingdom, but Lithuania, it seems, is putting “all eggs into one German basket,” Eglė Murauskaitė argued during the annual Lithuanian political science conference on Friday.…

Trump ousts hawkish Bolton, dissenter on foreign policy

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges. The sudden shake-up marked the latest departure of a prominent voice of dissent from the president’s inner circle, as Trump has grown less accepting of advice contrary to his instincts. It also comes at a trying moment for Trump…

Lithuanian foreign policy: a self-censorship problem

Friday, August 2, 2019

After almost twenty years of the voluntary political elite (with small exceptions), and sadly a considerable part of the journalists, being confined and avoiding discussions about Lithuanian foreign policy, some have started to suggest reconsidering these thoughts, Mečys Laurinkus wrote in lrytas.lt In one of the discussions about Lithuanian foreign policy, I heard a statement that, in recent years, talks about the state’s external and sometimes even internal problems were followed by agitation and fear.…

Estonian foreign policy to remain on course with small changes

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) told ERR on Monday that Estonia’s foreign policy course will continue, albeit with small changes. What he refers to as a shift of emphasis on specific policy points, mainly in the area of migration, is a result of the recent government change, Reinsalu said. In spite of Prime Minister Jüri Ratas’ reiterations that Estonia’s foreign policy course won’t change, Reinsalu was quite clear that things…

Trump’s war powers on Iran limited by U.S. Congress

Monday, July 15, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump’s powers to potentially take his country to war with Iran have been blocked by American legislators setting forth congressional authorization to such a move. In the U.S. Congress on Friday, July 12, members of the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the fiscal 2020 National Defence Authorization Act that would bar funding to use military force against Iran unless Congress authorizes it. Representative Ro Khanna…

Latvia’s foreign policy will remain strongly on Western geo-political course – Karins

Friday, January 25, 2019

During today’s foreign policy debates at Saeima, newly elected Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said that Latvia’s foreign policy will remain strongly on a Western geo-political course. The prime minister said that the foreign policy priorities mentioned by Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics are supported by the whole government. He said that Latvia’s Western course is based on common values with allies – democracy, rule of law and human rights.…

Foreign policy debate at Saeima stresses Latvia’s Euro-Atlantic path

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The annual foreign policy debate is taking place at the Latvian Saeima on January 24. Launching the debate was Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs, freshly installed the previous day for another stint at the job he has held since 2011, making him Latvia’s longest-serving foreign minister. In a wide ranging address to deputies and a fair proportion of the foreign diplomatic corps occupying the press gallery, Rinkēvičs summed up the…

President expects politicians to stay foreign policy course

Monday, November 26, 2018

Forces in favor of maintaining Estonia’s foreign policy course form the majority in both the parliament and the government, President Kersti Kaljulaid says concerning the approval of the UN Global Compact on Migration. She adds that the Riigikogu and government now need to give assurances of this through corresponding decisions. The meeting in Marrakesh first and foremost impacts your calendar. Did you ever think the migration framework and the UN…