Posts tagged as Germany

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…

AirBaltic resumes Vilnius–Riga flights

Monday, May 18, 2020

Latvian airline AirBaltic is relaunching Vilnius–Riga flights on Monday. The first AirBaltic plane is scheduled to land in Vilnius at 13:05 and leave for Riga at 14:05, according to data from Vilnius Airport. Flights resume taking into account various restrictions, the Latvian company said. It also plans to resume Vilnius–Tallinn flights on May 25. The airline grounded all flights from the Baltic countries on March 17 due to the coronavirus…

Lithuanian song wins Germany’s substitute Eurovision

Monday, May 18, 2020

German viewers chose Lithuania’s entry as the winner of their substitute of the Eurovision Song Contest final on Saturday night, after the real version was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lithuanian band The Roop was declared to have “won the hearts” of viewers with its minimalist electric pop song On Fire at the event that was held before empty seats in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie hall. Lithuania beat out nine other…

Lithuanian filmmaker wins best director award at German film festival

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Lithuanian filmmaker Karolis Kaupinis has won the best director award for his debut feature, Nova Lituania, at goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, in Wiesbaden, Germany. Nova Lituania was among 16 competition titles in the main programme. The best director award was awarded to Kaupinis by an international panel, the film’s representatives said. A total of 107 films from 40 countries were screened during the festival. The…

Germany’s nuclear power regions fear for the future

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Brokdorf nuclear power plant, north of Hamburg has been producing electricity for nearly 35 years. But that is about to change. On the 31st of December next year it will be taken off the grid and decommissioned. It is a part of the German government’s plan to close all nuclear power plants by the end of 2022. Brokdorf is a village of about 1000 people and the plant is…

Lithuania sent military plane to fly home its citizens stranded in Germany

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Lithuania dispatched on Monday a military plane to fly home its citizens stranded in Germany. The Spartan took off from Siauliai Airport at 4 p.m., the Defense Ministry said. “The aircraft will not only fly back people (…), but will also bring donor stem cells for transplantation,” it said in a press release. Poland closed its borders to foreign nationals on Sunday, leaving a number of Lithuanians stranded in Germany.…