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  • Lithuanian president: Putin behaves in Ukraine like Hitler or Stalin

    06/23/2014 3:53:27 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 23.06.2014 09:40 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 23 /Ukrinform/. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has compared the actions of Russian leader Vladimir Putin with tactics used by Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.
  • Russian Train Bearing Soviet Symbols Halted in Lithuania

    05/15/2014 8:17:39 AM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 34 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | Jeremiah Jacques
    Border guards at Lithuania’s Kybartai railway checkpoint stopped a train from Kaliningrad, Russia, from entering their nation on Monday because it was adorned with Soviet symbols. Windows in the chartered train were plastered with posters of Soviet symbols, which are illegal in Lithuania. They’re illegal because Lithuania—like the nation of Ukraine—was part of the Soviet Union for decades, and suffered under ussr oppression. “It was a terrible 50 years for us in Lithuania,” Sara Linkevičiūtė, a resident of Vilnius, told theTrumpet.com on May 14. “Citizens were deported to Siberia for genocide,” she said, explaining that she and her compatriots would...
  • Lithuania wants Gazprom to pay back $1.5 billion it has overpaid

    05/08/2014 9:14:34 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    ITAR-TASS News Agency ^ | October 04, 13:09 | Russian Press Review
    Lawyers say that Gazprom is likely to win the case Lithuania has filed a claim against Russias gas utility Gazprom to a sum of about 1.5 billion U.S. dollars it had overpaid for Russian gas. Lawyers say that Gazprom is likely to win the case. But if it does not, more claims from other clients unhappy with its pricing policy are to follow. [....] Lithuanias authorities have filed a lawsuit with the Stockholm arbitration court demanding that Gazprom should recover a sum of about 1.87 billion U.S. dollars Lithuania had overpaid for illegal changes in the contract, writes RBC daily....
  • U.S. troops arrive in Lithuania amid Ukraine tensions

    04/26/2014 7:49:38 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/26/2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The United States deployed 150 paratroopers to Lithuania on Saturday, part of efforts by Washington to reassure its eastern European allies, worried by events in Ukraine, that NATO would offer protection if they face Russian aggression.
  • McCain in Lithuania calls Western response to Russia laughable and shameful

    04/16/2014 6:15:34 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 19 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | April 16, 2014 | BNS
    The Wests response to Russias invasion of Ukraine has been laughable and shameful, US Republican Senator John McCain said in Vilnius on Wednesday. The former Republican presidential candidate also warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin might feel bolder, if Europeans and Americans did not take stronger action, and also called for arming the Ukrainian army.
  • Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia

    02/11/2005 10:56:20 AM PST · by lizol · 182 replies · 2,566+ views
    The Jamaica Observer ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005
    Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia AP Friday, February 11, 2005 WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Survivors marked 65 years yesterday since Soviet occupiers began sending Poles to Siberian labour camps after signing a pact with Nazi Germany to divide up Poland. Under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, at least 320,000 Poles from what is now Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania were deported between February 1940 and June 1941. Historians estimate that some 20 to 30 per cent perished from forced labour in subfreezing temperatures, disease and starvation. A wreath-laying ceremony at a monument to the deportees marked...
  • Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia

    02/10/2005 3:57:35 PM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 9 replies · 398+ views
    The Jamaica Observer ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Survivors marked 65 years yesterday since Soviet occupiers began sending Poles to Siberian labour camps after signing a pact with Nazi Germany to divide up Poland. Under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, at least 320,000 Poles from what is now Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania were deported between February 1940 and June 1941. Historians estimate that some 20 to 30 per cent perished from forced labour in subfreezing temperatures, disease and starvation. A wreath-laying ceremony at a monument to the deportees marked the anniversary of the first transport of Poles on February 10, 1940, and survivors talked about...
  • Latvia, Lithuania ban Russian state TV broadcasts

    04/07/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 7, 2014 | AP
    VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Latvia is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state television broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation's security interests. Latvian media council spokeswoman Sanita Blomniece told the AP on Monday that a three-month suspension of RTR Rossiya broadcasts will begin April 8.
  • Dont Mess With Poland: Warsaws military may be the only thing standing between Putin and Europe

    04/02/2014 6:55:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 2, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    Four years ago, Poland was set to become the staging ground for advanced U.S. ballistic missile interceptors. But after the plan collapsedand seeing defense budgets in the rest of Europe on the declinePolish political leaders decided they needed their military to fend for itself. And now with an aggressive Russia bearing down on Ukraine, Warsaw is getting even more worriedand prepared.
  • War Party Oligarch

    04/01/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Is the Republican Party's Middle East policy up for bid? For four days ending Sunday, a quartet of presidential hopefuls trooped to Las Vegas to attend the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Impresario: Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas-Macau casino mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion -- 8th richest man on the planet -- and who dumped $92 million into the election of 2012. Adelson kept Newt Gingrich alive with a $15 million infusion of ad money, gutting Romney, and then sank $30 million into Mitt's campaign. This time Sheldon wants to buy himself a winner. Ari Fleischer,...
  • U.S. Intel Assessement: Greater Likelihood Russia Will Enter Eastern Ukraine (and Baltics)

    03/26/2014 6:00:27 PM PDT · by kristinn · 107 replies
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | Barbara Starr
    A new classified intelligence assessment concludes it is more likely than previously thought that Russian forces will enter eastern Ukraine, CNN has learned. Two administration officials described the assessment but declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the information. The officials emphasized that nothing is certain, but there have been several worrying signs in the past three to four days. This has shifted our thinking that the likelihood of a further Russian incursion is more probable than it was previously thought to be, one official said. The buildup is seen to be reminiscent of Moscows military moves...
  • Poland Calls Home Expat Reserves, Seeks New Anti-Russian Military Block in Eastern Europe

    03/26/2014 2:40:00 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 26 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
     Forgive them for thinking they HAD ALREADY joined an anti-Russian alliance upon entering NATO...  While Poland may be a formal and full member of both NATO and the European Union, they have all but given up on any timely, effective support from these 'allies' in the wake of shocking weakness displayed by the West throughout the recent Crimean land-grab. With Obama a disinterested putz and the EU heavily dependent on Russian gas/oil, the Poles have clearly been shocked by events in Ukraine, and can see that they might be on their own should Putin decide to turn their way. With good reason: the Russians have taken their...
  • Strange Creature filmed in a pond in Lithuania - Mar 6, 2014

    03/25/2014 6:22:13 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 64 replies
    UFO Sighting Hotspot ^ | March 6, 2014 | unknown
    The story before footage. Witness report: So I was walking with my dog in the evening just before sunset, we were travelling into vast fields of nature to escape common modern view. By accident I found a pond. It catched my interest since i saw a waterhole in the middle of it. Usually people drills waterholes in their ponds where fish lives, at winter time, so fish can breathe. I thought I will see some fishes and stuff... But as soon as i came closer, I noticed that it was evaporating. You can't see this in the video since I...
  • 'The Russian world is uniting' (WARNING: HOT PICS ALERT)

    03/24/2014 11:48:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    Da ^ | 03/23/2014 | Will Stewart
    Inflammatory language: Nina Shtanski, foreign minister of Transdniestria The glamorous foreign minister of a breakaway region of Moldova is calling on Vladimir Putin to make her country his next conquest in eastern Europe. Few may have heard of Transdniestria, the unofficial and fictitious-sounding statelet whose head of international relations is 36-year-old Nina Shtanski. However, senior Western figures are alarmed that following the annexation of Crimea it is step two in a Kremlin masterplan to redraw the frontiers of Europe. This top diplomat in staunchly pro-Russian Transdniestria, who has a penchant for revealing black dresses, is gushing in her praise of...
  • Poland Is Quietly Mobilizing Its Army Reservists

    03/24/2014 7:58:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 3/24/14 | tyler durden
    It seems the words of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warning that the world stands on the brink of conflict, the consequences of which are not foreseen... Not everyone in Europe is aware of this situation," are a little more real than some (US equity buyers) might suspect. As The Week's Crispin Black reports, at least 7,000 Polish workers in Europe have received call-up papers as army reservists in the last few weeks. Polish authorities dismiss it as "routine" but the men note this has never happened before. As The Week's Crispin Black goes on to note, At least 7,000...
  • Lithuania Unearths Liquor Pipeline from Belarus (Hold mah beer alert)

    12/12/2004 8:22:45 AM PST · by sully777 · 14 replies · 553+ views
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 12-10-04
    VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuanian border guards have unearthed a three-kilometer (2-mile) pipeline for smuggling in moonshine liquor from neighboring Belarus, the guards said on Friday. The thin plastic pipeline, buried a few centimeters underground, ran under several roads, along a riverbed and ended next to the home of a Lithuanian citizen... It was the fourth such pipeline discovered in the last two years but by far the longest. Moonshine vodka from Belarus is sold on the black market in Lithuania, undercutting prices of legitimate alcohol that have risen sharply since the Baltic nation joined the European Union in May.
  • Biden Heading to Europe Amid Ukraine Tensions

    03/14/2014 5:05:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 30 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Friday, March 14, 2014 | Josh Lederman
    The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will travel next week to Poland and Lithuania amid tensions in nearby Ukraine. The trip is part of a U.S. effort to pressure Russia over a military intervention in Crimea that has the entire region on edge.
  • Obama continues telephone outreach on Ukraine

    Vacationing in Florida, President Barack Obama continued his telephone consultations with world leaders on Ukraine, speaking one on one Saturday with the leaders of three European powers and collectively with the heads of the three Baltic states, White House said. Obama held individual conversations with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande. He also held a conference call with Latvian President Andris Berzins, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. On the conference call, Obama reaffirmed the United States' "unwavering commitment" to its collective defense commitments under NATO and...
  • US deploys fighter jets to Poland, Lithuania (a massive force of 12 F-16s!!!)

    03/09/2014 2:42:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/9/2014
    The United States is sending a dozen F-16 fighter jets to Poland as a part of a training exercise, amid continuing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the Polish defence ministry said on Sunday. Three hundred US service personnel will also be sent to Poland as part of the exercise. The deployment will be completed by Thursday. Chuck Hagel, the US Secretary of State for Defence, and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak agreed the deployment during a phone call, according to a statement from the Polish ministry. "The unit will be composed of 12 F-16 planes and will transport 300 soldiers,"...
  • Russian legislator slams Obama for 'direct threat' to Russia

    03/01/2014 11:14:27 AM PST · by kronos77 · 39 replies
    US President Barack Obama's warning that Russia would have to pay for a planned military intervention in Crimea is "a direct threat," a deputy head of Russia's upper house of parliament said on Saturday, saying Obama has "crossed the red line and insulted the Russian people." "Yesterday we heard from various media sources that the US president, Obama, had said Russia would pay dearly for its policy. We know that Maidan militants who were active in Kiev, and not only there, had been trained in Lithuania and Poland. Now they want to spread their influence with their activities to eastern...
  • Lithuania confirms torture of Ukrainian activist, urges probe

    02/04/2014 4:02:03 PM PST · by Ivan Mazepa · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | Feb 4, 2014
    Lithuania on Tuesday confirmed signs of torture on a prominent Ukrainian anti-government activist and urged an independent probe into the crime which could breach a related United Nations convention. "Dmytro Bulatov...has clear signs of long term torture and cruel treatment on his body," a Lithuanian foreign ministry said in a statement. Bulatov, who alleges he was "crucified" and tortured for days by unknown assailants in his homeland, is one of three injured Ukrainian protesters receiving free medical care in Lithuania. (...) The leader of the "Automaidan" movement, he organised motorcade protests outside President Viktor Yanukovych's sprawling country estate near Kiev...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • 'Miss Lithuania 2013' is Ruta Elzbieta Mazureviciute

    12/13/2013 9:24:21 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 33 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 13 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Try saying that name 3x fast with a mouth full of peanut butter... More at Reaganite Republican (sfw, just a couple bikini shots)
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • Silent Sentinels at Center of Lithuanian Debate on Bygone Era [Commie statues]

    11/16/2013 10:31:23 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | November 11, 2013 | James Kanter
    VILNIUS, Lithuania Watching over one of this citys busiest thoroughfares are the sentinels of a loathed regime. The statues of Red Army soldiers, workers, farmers and young scientists on Green Bridge, spanning the Neris River in the center of the city, are the last major monuments on public display here that still trumpet Communism, an ideology rejected by Lithuania more than two decades ago when it became the first part of the Soviet Union to declare independence. With their shirts pushed against their broad torsos, and coats and skirts billowing around muscular legs, the statues in the mode of...
  • IRS Sent 343 Refunds Worth $156K to 1 Addressin Shanghai, China

    11/07/2013 8:51:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 7, 2013 - 4:27 PM | Michael W. Chapman
    A new audit-report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) shows that the IRS sent at least 343 potentially fraudulent tax returns in 2011 to the same, single address in Shanghai, China, for a total of $156,533 in tax refunds. The same report also shows that 655 potentially fraudulent tax refunds totaling $220,489 were sent to the same address in Kaunas, Lithuania. Other potentially fraudulent refunds, 580 of them, were sent to the same address in Orlando, Fla.; 355 to the same address in Lakewood, Colo; and another 291 to another single address in Orlando, Fla. In total,...
  • EU launches antitrust case against Gazprom

    10/05/2013 11:31:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 10/04/2013 @ 08:18 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU has started legal action against Russian energy giant Gazprom, the blocs competition chief said on Thursday (3 October). The anti-Gazprom claims say it is abusing its dominant market position to demand extortionate prices for gas and preventing countries from diversifying their energy supply. Lithuania says it pays 35 percent more than Germany for gas under its contract with Gazprom.
  • Lithuania threatens to take Russian region hostage, demands changes in foreign policy

    10/02/2013 9:26:41 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 47 replies
    The Lithuanian Foreign Minister says his country could block land transport to Russias Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad if Russia maintains its opposition to stronger trade ties between Ukraine and the European Union. "As you know, the Kaliningrad region is isolated, geographically isolated, so we could apply some measures also to cut something," the Reuters news agency quoted Linas Linkevicius as saying on Wednesday. "Transport, we could cut off trains, but not only trains, also the supply of goods, whatever. It is theoretically possible," the official added. The reporters raised the topic as Lithuania, which currently holds the rotating presidency in...
  • Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press

    09/08/2013 8:10:52 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/8/2013 | Simon Tisdall and Josie Le Blond
    ... President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders against opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported, citing unidentified, high-level national security sources. ...
  • European banks to quit London if UK left EU: Goldman executive

    09/03/2013 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 2, 2013 1:30pm EDT
    European banks would leave London in very short order if Britain voted to exit the European Union, a senior Goldman Sachs executive said in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Michael Sherwood, a vice-chairman at the bank, said the prospect of a British withdrawal was a real worry given Prime Minister David Camerons plans to hold a referendum on the subject if re-elected in 2015. Goldmans Sherwood predicted European banks would quickly relocate if Britain did sever its EU ties. Forget what we would do. Every European firm would be gone in very short order, he was quoted as...
  • Peres Politely Asks Europe to Step Out of Mideast Affairs

    07/29/2013 11:36:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 7/29/2013, 3:53 PM | Chana Yaar
    President Peres has politely suggested that the European Union to step out of Middle Eastern affairs while delicate negotiations are in process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli president, who is also visiting Lithuania, thanked Latvia for helping to convince the European Union to list the military wing of the Hizbullah terror organization as a terrorist entity. But Peres also criticized the EU for blocking financial aid to Israeli institutions located in Judea, Samaria and areas of Jerusalem restored to the capital following the 1967 Six Day War.
  • EU Official: Pooling Sovereignty, Once "Unthinkable," Now "the Model"

    07/12/2013 5:51:57 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | 12 July 2013 | William F. Jasper
    As the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) meetings begin for an EU/US merger, Europeans are increasingly dissatisfied with the EU superstate that's destroying their sovereignty. EU Official: Pooling Sovereignty, Once "Unthinkable," Now "the Model" The New American 12 July 2013 As reported here this week, the first round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations has been underway in Washington, D.C. with European Union and American officials, along with a select group of business, banking, environmental, and union "stakeholders." President Obama has placed this planned political and economic merger of the EU and the United States on...
  • Brussels gravy train like last days of Rome: EU MEPs earn up to 740% more than average citizen

    05/23/2013 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:46 EST, 23 May 2013 | Alan Hall
    The gilded lifestyle of MEPs has been compared to the uncontrolled excesses of ancient Rome after research showed their perks have not been dented despite biting austerity measures. From Italian MEPs who enjoy free haircuts to Maltese ones who get 52 free gallons of petrol a month, the perksand expensescontinue unabated for the representatives of European Union nations. MEPs from the 27 EU nations are paid salaries of 137 million ($207 million) a year, according to research by German pricing watchdog Preisvergleich.de, and some earn 740 percent more than the average citizen.
  • EU to ban olive oil jugs from restaurants

    05/17/2013 9:57:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:52PM BST 17 May 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The European Union is to ban olive oil jugs and dipping bowls from restaurant tables in a move described by one of Britains top cooks as authoritarian and damaging to artisan food makers. The small glass jugs filled with green- or gold-colored extra virgin olive oil are familiar and traditional for restaurant goers across Europe, but they will be banned from 1 January 2014 after a decision taken in an obscure Brussels committee earlier this week. From next year, olive oil presented at a restaurant table must be in prepackaged factory bottles with a tamper-proof dispensing nozzle and labeling in...
  • UKIP will cause political earthquake in European elections, says Nigel Farage

    05/05/2013 11:06:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Sunday, May 5, 2013 | Nicholas Watt
    Amid growing calls from Tory MPs for David Cameron to respond to the Ukip threat by bringing forward legislation on an EU referendum, Farage warned that his party would not go away even if No 10 "starts singing the same song". William Hague, who famously suffered a major defeat in the 2001 election after tacking to the right, called for a cautious response to Ukip as he warned of the dangers of "quick fixes". Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, said many Ukip voters were "frustrated Conservatives". As the Tories work out their response to Ukip, which won nearly a quarter...
  • Lithuania taxman uses Google Maps to find dodgers

    04/11/2013 10:03:39 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    The State ^ | April 10, 2013 | LIUDAS DAPKUS Associated Press
    VILNIUS, Lithuania As soon as Google Maps Street View was rolled out in Lithuania earlier this year, tax authorities were ready. Sitting in the comfort of their own offices, inspectors used the free Internet program for a virtual cruise around the streets of some of the Baltic country's big cities, uncovering dozens of alleged tax violations involving housing construction and property sales. They identified 100 homeowners and 30 construction companies as suspected tax dodgers thanks to Street View, finding homes where they shouldn't be and other suspicious activity, Darius Buta, spokesman for the State Tax Inspectorate, said Wednesday. ......
  • MEPs to vote on EU 'ban on all forms of pornography'

    03/09/2013 5:05:58 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/08/2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    Controversy has erupted over next Tuesday's European Parliament resolution "on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU", meant to mark international women's day, after libertarian Swedish MEPs from the Pirate Party spotted the call for a ban in the small print. While not legally binding, the vote could be the first step towards European legislation as the EU's assembly increasingly flexes its political muscle within Europe's institutions.
  • EU to set up euro-election troll patrol to tackle Euroskeptic surge

    02/03/2013 6:32:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:33PM GMT 03 Feb 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The Daily Telegraph has seen confidential spending proposals and internal documents planning an unprecedented propaganda blitz ahead of and during European elections in June 2014. Key to a new strategy will be public opinion monitoring tools to identify at an early stage whether debates of political nature among followers in social media and blogs have the potential to attract media and citizens interest. Spending on qualitative media analysis is to be increased by 1.7 million ($2.7 million), and while most of the money is to be found in existing budgets, an additional 787,000 ($1.24 million) will be need to be...
  • Highlights from Miss Universe 2012

    12/19/2012 10:41:46 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Miss Lithuania 2012: Greta Mikalauskyte(Missology) More/swimsuit video at Reaganite Republican...
  • Twelve EU countries likely to back Palestines UN bid

    11/10/2012 8:34:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09.11.12 @ 09:27 (November 9) | Andrew Rettman
    Palestine can count on about 12 Yes votes by EU countries when it tries to upgrade its UN status, in a move expected later this month. A senior EU diplomat told this website the Union remains divided on the question, however. He noted that member states votes will probably follow the same pattern as with UNESCO, referring to a decision by the UNs Paris-based cultural wing to admit Palestine as a member last year. At the time, 11 countriesAustria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia and Spainbacked Palestines UNESCO bid. Another 11Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Italy,...
  • Clegg brands those seeking to reform the EU 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues'

    11/15/2011 11:34:28 AM PST · by wolfman23601 · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/15/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Nick Clegg clashed with the Prime Minister today after criticising plans to claw back powers from the EU. The Deputy Prime Minister said that only 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues' could benefit from a treaty negotiation, even though David Cameron yesterday re-affirmed his intention to repatriate powers. Mr Clegg warned that European politicians should focus on 'jobs and growth' rather than attempting to reform EU institutions. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2061798/EU-treaty-change-Nick-Clegg-clashes-David-Cameron-reform.html#ixzz1dnt5E4wa
  • New cars in Europe may have to cut carbon emissions by one-third

    07/12/2012 4:53:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 12 July 2012 | Fiona Harvey for the Guardian, part of the Guardian Environment Network
    New cars and vans in the European Union will produce one-third less carbon dioxide within eight years, under proposed new rules set out on Wednesday (11 July) in Brussels. By 2020, the average emissions from new cars will have to be no more than 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer driven (5.4 oz/mile), a cut of more than 40 grams from today's levels and of 35 grams per kilometer compared with the 2015 target, if the proposed new regulations are accepted. Connie Hedegaard, climate chief of the European commission, said the goals were "ambitious but achievable" and would benefit...
  • MEPs agree on proposals towards (EU) 'fiscal union'

    06/13/2012 3:51:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.06.13 @ 18:09 | Honor Mahony
    The European Parliament on Wednesday (13 June) approved draft laws that would strongly increase Brussels' power over eurozone countries' budgets. But they tempered the previously austere proposals with measures for growth, debt redemption and democratic scrutiny. "This is the core of a fiscal union," said Austrian MEP and socialist leader Hannes Swoboda. "This is the first time that there is a structural solution [to the eurozone crisis] on the table," said Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt. His Green counterpart Daniel Cohn-Bendit called it a "milestone" for the strength of agreement among MEPs. The pair of lawsalso known as the two-packis among...
  • Deepening poverty drives people out of eastern Europe

    04/02/2012 4:59:09 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 16 replies
    Financial Post ^ | March 29, 2012 | Ioana Patran and Sam Cage
    More than 20 years after the fall of communism, the wealth gap between the east and west of Europe persists, and countries from the Black Sea to the Baltic are shedding people at an alarming rate. While membership in the European Union has brought prosperity to many, it has also made it easier to emigrate, drawing young people out of the east, especially rural areas, and leaving behind an ever older and poorer population. Romania, the EUs second-poorest member with an average monthly wage of US$450, is one of the worst affected, with a 12% population drop in a decade,...
  • 'Real Rebound' in World Economy: Barclays' CEO

    02/29/2012 6:53:08 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies · 3+ views
    CNBC ^ | February 29, 2012 | Margo D. Beller Special to CNBC.com
    Once again the world economy has proved the naysayers wrong and there's been a "real rebound" so far this year, Barclays CEO Robert Diamond told CNBC Wednesday. "One of the lessons weve learned in the last couple of years is every time its doom and gloom ... the economy is far more resilient," he said. "We see China at 8 percent to 9 percent growth, and reduction in unemployment [cnbc explains] in the U.S. So weve seen a real rebound." That even extends to Europe, which was stabilized by the European Central Bank's [cnbc explains] second liquidity injection. President Mario...
  • The European fallacy of Ireland and the Baltics

    01/27/2012 8:48:05 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/27/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Another excellent paper by Simon Tilford from the Centre for European Reform. Eurozone policy-makers from President Sarkozy and Wolfgang Schuble to the former President of the ECB, Jean-Claude Trichet advocate that Italy and Spain should emulate the Baltic states and Ireland. These four countries, they argue, demonstrate that fiscal austerity, structural reforms and wage cuts can restore economies to growth and debt sustainability.Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Ireland prove that so-called "expansionary fiscal consolidation" works and that economies can regain external trade competitiveness (and close their trade deficits) without the help of currency devaluation. Such claims are highly misleading....
  • The EU and Turkey: steering a safer path through the storms

    12/16/2011 12:04:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    EUobserver ^ | December 1, 2011 | Eleven EU foreign ministers
    ...Turkey has grown in influence and authority as a regional power in the Western Balkans, Central and South Asia and the Horn of Africa. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been a key interlocutor, not least on Afghanistan where he made a huge personal contribution to last month's conference in Istanbul. With Turkey as host, for the first time, Afghanistan's neighbours have agreed to implement political and security measures to underpin the cause of reconciliation... Turkish economic growth has been exponential. Turkey is the 16th largest economy in the world and will assume the Presidency of the G20 in 2015....
  • Golden Seconds (Open Letter to Panetta and Obama) (Michael Yon)

    10/25/2011 12:34:53 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Michael Yon ONline ^ | Oct 24, 2011 | Michael Yon
    Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and President Barack Obama Gentlemen, For the last seven years I have written about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have covered the US Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy. Ive also covered the British, Lithuanian, Afghan and Iraqi forces, among others, in places ranging from Iraq to the Philippines and beyond. My most recent embed in Afghanistan was at personal invitation from then-General David Petraeus. It is said that I have spent more time with American combat forces than any writer in US history. I do not know if this...
  • Lithuania Angry After Austria Lets Wanted Ex-KGB Man Go

    07/19/2011 6:02:07 PM PDT · by Krosan · 1 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 18.07.2001 | Radio Free Europe
    A diplomatic row between Lithuania and Austria erupted after Austrian authorities released a former KGB officer implicated in a 1991 massacre in Vilnius. Mikhail Golovatov was arrested at Vienna airport on July 14 but released after 24 hours and allowed to travel to Moscow. A Justice Ministry spokeswoman said Austrian authorities had decided that the arrest warrant issued by Vilnius, which alleges crimes against humanity, lacked details of the man's suspected criminal actions. Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene said the country had recalled its ambassador from Vienna and delivered a protest note. ...
  • No fairy tale ending to Lithuanias gay rights row

    07/02/2011 10:23:56 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies
    http://rt.com ^ | 05 February, 2011 | Russian Today
    Lithuania is torn apart over what stance to take toward its own gay population. As the country grapples with how much tolerance it will tolerate, it is facing strong pressure from the EU. Local deputies have recently voted for the draft law banning homosexual propaganda. The European Parliament reacted immediately, lancing those who disapprove of what many see as the agitation of homosexuality in schools and, what is even more surprising, in kindergartens. The struggle escalated in 2009 when the National Association of Parents and Families petitioned the Lithuanian Ministry of Labor and Social Security, complaining about a teaching technique...