Posts tagged as Germany

Italy, Germany take over NATO’s Baltic air policing

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Italian and German Eurofighter jets are taking over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission from September, replacing the contingents from Spain, the United Kingdom and France, Lithuania’s Defence Ministry said. The new rotation will be led by Italy from the Lithuanian Air Force Aviation Base in Šiauliai and the augmentation to the mission will be provided by the Germans stationed at the Estonian Air Force Aviation Base in Amari. Italy and…

Lithuania adds Germany to virus isolation list

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Baltic country of Lithuania is as of Monday ordering a 14-day isolation for travelers from Germany because the number of infected people there is high. Germany was added to the Lithuanian Health Ministry’s list of coronavirus-affected countries because the COVID-19 infection rate on Friday reached 16.5 cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks. Anyone entering Lithuania must self-isolate if they return from countries with rates above 16…

Latvian florist in full bloom in Münster, Germany

Monday, August 10, 2020

Latvian Inese Freiberga, for thirteen years, has brought joy and aesthetic pleasure with her floral bouquets and compositions to the German town of Münster, LSM reported August 9. “My road to Germany started in 2002. Then I came to visit my sister, who already lived in Münster. I met one German gentleman and I couldn’t say it was heavenly love, but we were good together, he was a secure, loyal…

Litvaks testify in one of the last Nazi trials in Germany

Thursday, July 23, 2020

In one of the last cases of Nazi-era crimes in Germany, 93-year-old Bruno D., who served as an SS guard in the Stutthof concentration camp, has been handed a two-year suspended sentence. Two Litvaks who grew up in Lithuania testified against him. Bruno D. was charged with assisting 5,230 murders in the Stutthof camp. Some 40 survivors and relatives of those who died acted as co-plaintiffs in the case, Deutsche…

Baltic countries are begging troops from Washington

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

“Washington intends to relocate 9,500 U.S. troops from Germany to two different countries by the end of September” said U.S. President Donald Trump in his interview with the Washington Post last week. Poland is already in line to receive some of these troops. The second one will be a country that fulfills obligations to finance defense forces in the amount of GDP 2%. Now, Latvia wants to become this country.…

Baltics in a bid to host US troops departing Germany

By Jeff Seldin on Friday, July 10, 2020

As thousands of US troops are set to depart Germany, Latvia has said it would be ready to host them in the Baltics. Voice of America reports. There may be some additional competition for the thousands of US troops that could soon be on their way out of Germany. Poland is already in line to receive some of the 9,500 troops that US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from…

Lithuania and Germany sign landmark military agreement

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lithuania and Germany have on Tuesday signed an agreement, regulating the temporary presence of troops on each other’s territory. Up until now, Lithuania had such deal only with the United States. The agreement covers environmental protection, telecommunication procedures – including limitations on radio frequencies used for advertising or jamming – and defines terms for humanitarian assistance and rescue operations. It’s part of important legislation laying ground for hosting troops from…

US risks dividing allies by withdrawing troops from Germany, says Lithuanian minister

Thursday, June 25, 2020

United States planned troop withdrawal from Germany risks creating divisions among NATO allies, Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Thursday. “A significant drawdown of US troops from Germany would certainly not be positive. They have the necessary infrastructure, they have procedures and possibilities for training,” he told LRT RADIO on Thursday. “We consider that drawdown as a risk of a potential […] division among NATO countries in Europe,” he…

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…

Baltic states and Germany talk over security matters

Thursday, May 21, 2020

On 20 May 2020, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic States and Germany held security policy consultations online, Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The consultations “addressed the latest security policy related developments in the context of the upcoming German Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The topics discussed were the development of the EU security and defence initiatives, strengthening of the EU’s crisis management…