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NATO’s Baltic dilemma

Ill-informed scaremongering is infuriating. But ignoring a serious problem is even worse. It is not a military secret that NATO has a serious problem in the Baltic States. The alliance’s credibility hangs on the sovereignty, freedom and terr...

There is no one-for-all cure

VILNIUS - According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the average Lithuanian aged over 15 consumes a vast intake of 15.4 litres of pure alcohol annually. In reality, it’s almost certainly even more, as this data only accounts ...

The limits of German power

BERLIN - In the two years since Germany’s president, foreign minister, and defense minister signaled that their country would take on a larger role in international affairs, the country’s leaders have received a crash course in geopoli...

The phantom of separatism in Latgale

RIGA - “World War Three: Inside The War Room” (first broadcast on BBC Two on Feb. 3) set out a fictional vision in which Russia allegedly initiates a hybrid war in Latvia. While showing some fictional scenes of unrest and military acti...

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Lietuva in brief

Lithuania’s Papal interpreter Lithuanian monsignor Visvaldas Kulbokas will interpret at the historic meeting between Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriach Kirill, later this week, the Vatican R...

Eesti in brief

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is to become adviser to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, the daily Eesti Paevaleht reports. “I have given my permission to join the group of advisers to the World Bank president,” Ilve...

Latvija in brief

Latvian lawmakers are due to vote on Thursday on a public initiative against the current practice of switching to  daylight  saving time (DST) or summer time in spring and then turning clocks back again in fall. If the initiative is back...

EDITORIAL: The Baltic Security Question

RIGA - Baltic security is back on the agenda. For some it never went away. But Russia’s military involvement in Syria, and its ensuing standoff with Turkey after a Russian fighter jet was shot down over Turkish airspace, had shifted major ne...

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