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  Plea for a New Eastern Europe Policy of the EU

Dr. Andreas Umland, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Departament of Political Science
2011 05 11

Recent political developments in the three Eastern Slavic states, like the repression of opposition figures in Moscow, Minsk and Kyiv, have been frustrating. They illustrate once more that the EU's and, not the least, Germany's policies towards Eastern Europe during the last two decades were a failure, in a number of ways. In spite of considerable efforts of the Western political elite with regard to Moscow’s leadership, Russia has, as the key Northern Eurasian state, became an advocate of anti-democratic tendencies.

  Russia-Belarus Union State: a purpose or a tool?

Aivaras Bagdonas, VU TSPMI doktorantas
2011 05 10

It seems that favorable winds kicked the process of creation of the Russian and Belarusian union. Because of the different interests of the two states, some time ago the creation of a union state reminded a moribund project, but warming relations have again enthroned the idea of union.

  What is behind the peace in India and terror in Pakistan?

Arûnas Spraunius
2011 04 11

At the beginning of March Pakistani minister for ethnic minorities Shahbaz Bhatti was killed in gun attack in Islamabad. The Christian Bhatti campaigned for the reform of the country's controversial blasphemy law calling for the death penalty for those accused of speaking against the Islam. The Governor of Pakistan’s Punjab Salman Taseer who also agitated for changes to the law was killed at the beginning of this year. The majority of news from Pakistan is one or another way related to terrorism.

  The Arab Spring: events, opinion, perspectives

Marius Ëmuþis
2011 03 10

Processes in the Arab countries have no precedent in the history of these countries. In Europe a similar process was observed in 1989 when the regimes of “socialist” countries collapsed and political analysts discerned in them “domino effect”.

  Political reform in Uzbekistan: waiting for a successor…

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2011 03 01

Uzbekistan is quite an isolated country; therefore it is often difficult to understand what is happening there. Since the announcement of independence the country has been under the leadership of an authoritarian Islam Karimov. But he is getting older and the recent talks are mostly related to changes in the authorities: who will take over the power of the country?

  Political price of the Mistral deal

Èeslovas Iðkauskas, political analyst
2011 02 14

Protests of the Baltic States and Georgia regarding France’s decision to sell Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to Russia didn’t bring expected results. On 25 January the agreement on construction and sale of four helicopter-carrier ships was signed between France and Russia in the French Port Saint-Nazaire. It marked the end of a four-year long series of negotiations and added fuel to the fire of all NATO countries, especially of the states which joined Russia’s territorial waters.

  Yemen: the citadel of terrorism

Stanislovas Stasiulis
2011 01 31

The recent media’s buzz about Yemen is related to terrorist groups acting in the country.

On 29 October, parcels with explosive materials were found on board of UPS and FedEx cargo planes sent from Yemen and headed to Jewish places of worship in Chicago.

  Belarus: the myth of the ”bridge” and A. Lukashenka’s foreign policy

Marius Jankauskas
2011 01 20

Recently Belarus occurred in the crossroad between the East and West, although it was not always a crossroad between the states or a bridge connecting different regions. Without analyzing the background of the Byelorussian culture (Baltic or Slavic), we could state that political existence of Belarusian community commenced in 9-10th century, when its duchies fell under the influence of the Kievan Russia. Later predecessors of Belarus – Polotsk and other duchies – were included into the Great Duchy of Lithuania.

  Shameful triumph

Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, Member of the European Parliament
2011 01 20

Naive or corrupt media refers to the deal between Nicolas Sarkozy and Vladimir Putin as France’s “triumph”

The issue in question is related to the bidding process on who will build Mistral-class amphibious assault ships for Russian military, intended to crush coastal enemies.  According to Russian admirals, enemies are anticipated in Georgia, the Baltic States and Japan.

  Are Russian and Polish relations getting warmer?

Aivaras Bagdonas, VU TSPMI doktorantas
2011 01 17

On 29 October Russia and Poland signed the agreement on deliveries of natural gas until 2022. Under the agreement, from 2011 Poland committed to purchase 11 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia annually (this year it purchased 9,7 billion). The agreement was also reached concerning the transit of Russian gas to Western Europe via the gas pipeline Yamal-Europe-Poland.

  Ukraine's Party System in Transition? The Rise of the Radically Right-Wing All-Ukrainian Association "Svoboda"

Dr. Andreas Umland, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Departament of Political Science
2011 01 05

Ukrainian politics has been divided between two camps: the pro-Western democrats (recently represented by the "Orange" parties) and the pro-Russian anti-liberals (recently dominated by the Party of Regions). Now radical nationalists are gaining political strength. Will they manage to get their so-called Freedom party into the national parliament?

  Any changes in Ukraine’s foreign policy?

Arûnas Spraunius
2011 01 03

In the interview to the Latvian daily ”Diena” former Ukrainian president  V.Yushchenko said that European policy often looks like the natural merit not requiring any evidence, and that integration of Ukraine into EU is perceived as one-sided, i.e. exceptionally the Ukrainian act. Europe assigns to the candidate tasks but cannot avoid dual policy on such issues as security, energy, visa policy and defense.

  Is new war possible on the Korean Peninsula?

Èeslovas Iðkauskas, political analyst
2010 12 20

The conflict between North and South Korea on 23 November was the major conflict since the Korean War which ended in 1953. The North Korean artillery unexpectedly fired on a small Yeonpyeong Island. Two South Korean soldiers and two civilians were killed, tens were injured. Besides, about 60 buildings were destroyed or burnt.

  The Continent of a non-healing heart: security problem in Africa

Violeta Podagelytë
2010 12 13

For many people Africa reminds heart: because of the form of the continent, and for that it makes hearts cry while seeing its poverty and starving children.  The others compare Africa with bunch grapes since this continent is very rich in natural resources. This continent attracts most of the official development aid as well as substantial humanitarian aid. However, natural resources and international aid cannot save Africa and the country still reminds a non-healing wound.

  Visit of D. Grybauskaitë to Minsk: ambiguous evaluations

Liudmila Kazak
2010 12 06

On 20 October, Lithuanian President D.Grybauskaitë met with the Belorussian leader A.Lukashenka. Political observers and scientists have different views concerning this visit.

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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (41)

2017 01 19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.

National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities (67)

2017 01 18

For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.


In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass (23)

2017 01 17

On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.


Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries (2)

2017 01 10

Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.

The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia (3)

2016 12 19


The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.


The US House of Representatives approved actions against the influence of Russia

2016 12 08

The US House of Representatives approved a bill on establishing an inter-departmental body, the purpose of which would be to resist Russian attempts of "influencing the people and the governments" of other countries, - reported the Associated Press.

Alexander Parkhomenko. The pro-Russian (not already) President of Moldova, who was seated by the Russian Federation, stated about the way towards the EU

2016 12 02

"I back up": networks got surprised with the unexpected statement of the pro-Russian President Dodon about the EU.

The newly elected president of Moldova Igor Dodon, known for his pro-Russian views, stated that his country is not going to refuse from the cooperation with the European Union.


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