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Lithuania’s currency (mis)adventures

by Nijolė Petrošiūtė. Translated and edited by Elena Lesieur. On 1 January 2015 Lithuania joined the Eurozone and became the 19th European state to have adopted the common currency. Lithuania can proudly claim to be a country with unrivaled experience in terms of changing currencies – citizens born before World War II have experienced this phenomenon […]

Perceptions of Democracy: Youth Participation Outside the Ballot Box, Yerevan, Armenia, 2014

by Kerli Kirsimaa From November 5th to 12th  2014 a group of international young people from countries such as Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, the Neherlands, Denmark, Germany, France, Bosnia, Estonia and Moldova, took part in a training course called ‘Youth Participation Outside the Ballot Box’, A project organized by Danish organization of Support Initiative for Liberty and […]

DEBATTE Conference: ‘Crisis and Resistance in Central and Eastern Europe’ 22-23 November 2014, Warsaw, Poland

by Iulius-Cezar Macarie Since the collapse of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) twenty-five years ago, Europe has seen periods of social unrest and economic crisis coupled with revolts against austerity plans.  Social resistance has been growing across the CEE against the neo-liberal economic model with its disastrous effects on the national economies of the […]

One Baltic Sea Region – Possibility or Dream?

A review of the One BSR final conference in Helsinki ’The Region is chasing a Phantom’ Anthony Jay, Council of the Baltic Sea States by Kerli Kirsimaa The closing event of the One Baltic Sea Region Project[1], a two-year venture as part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, was held on 4th […]

Lithuania – Smear campaign against the president or pre-election tactics?

Philipp Köker debates whether Russia’s recent smear campaign against the Lithuanian president might in fact help her future re-election Since Lithuania took over the six-month rotating European Union presidency on 1 July, the country and particularly president Dalia Grybauskaitė’s efforts to convince her Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovch to sign an EU association agreement at the […]

Does History matter? : Eastern Partnership and Lithuania’s EU presidency

Our guest author Mariana Semenyshyn looks at the challenges that the Eastern Partnership brings for Lithuania’s EU presidency – and how history might give us some answers Lithuania has recently taken the baton of EU presidency, becoming the first Baltic state to assume the responsibilities of chairing the Council of the European Union . Although […]

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Youth Unemployment in Europe

Many young Europeans these days are facing the same option – should they stay in their home country where career options appear to be increasingly limited or should they go abroad to attempt their luck elsewhere. Even many of us that are involved in Crossing the Baltic have chosen the latter option. Karina Rinaldi-Doligez looks […]

Meeting the Demographic Challenge in the Baltic Sea Region: The Best Agers Project

There are currently a  number of interesting projects happening in the Baltic Sea Region  that are financed by the European Union through its “Baltic Sea Region Programme”. However, it was pointed out to Crossing the Baltic that some of these projects sadly remain completely unnoticed by the public – even within the region. The Best […]

Digitalization of Democracy: Is the EU falling behind?

by Teodor Kalpakchiev The recognition of the role of Internet and digital technologies can easily be judged by the self-criticism in the latest Digital Agenda for communication in Europe[1]. With the presence of 50 million wireless devices by 2020, Europe should provide the necessary digital solutions to pave the way to the already existent ICT growth. […]

Premature Mortality: Europe’s Persisting Iron Curtain

by Mateusz Zatonski While the political Iron Curtain dividing Europe has been long gone, the health divide between the two parts of the continent remains still very much in place. While Western European countries have seen their death rates before 65 years of age fall to under 10%, in many countries of the former Soviet […]

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