Tag Archives: Lithuania

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 […]

Among Stars and Fire – Mėnuo Juodaragis Festival in Lithuania

Text and images: Maria Fernanda Stinghen Gottardi Magic, symbolic, idyllic and inspiring. Those are the words that come to mind when I remember my experience at the festival Mėnuo Juodaragis (MJR) XVII, in Lithuania, a  mosaic of Baltic culture where old and new traditions meet. From bonfires to jewellery, from sculptures and ceramics to a childeren’s […]

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 […]

From Our Baltic Logbook: Riga, Eurovision, Cybercrime and Stag Nights

Our editor-in-chief Anna-Cara Keim intends to write about the Eurovision Song Contest and finds herself travelling to Riga instead. The original topic of this article was this year’s Eurovision song contest. And the plan was to write about the performance of the Baltic Sea Region countries – why Poland and Latvia have not made it […]

No More High Tea – The Fall of the Flag Carriers and the Rise of Budget Airlines

Anna-Cara Keim looks at the state of air travel in Northern Europe I begun to write this piece on the plane from London to Washington D.C., travelling for the first time in quite a while with what some people would call a ‘real’ airline. With friendly staff, a generous luggage allowance, and hot meals and […]

A Week in the Baltic (Sea Region)

Upon popular request we have introduced a weekly news update from the Baltic Sea Region. Every Sunday we will give an update of the news of the week on our specially created Baltic Bulletin. This week we are presenting you with a news roundup from Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Russia. Please follow the link: […]

Comparing inaugural addresses of CEE presidents: Putting the country first?

by Philipp Köker (Note from the editors: This article is the quasi inauguration of a new series of articles on  presidents and presidential activism that we will publish in co-operation with http://www.presidentialactivism.com) On 21 January 2013, Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term as US president drawing thousands to the West front of the […]

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