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The Baltic Elves Taking on Pro-Russian Trolls

What at first looked like as a social media grudge match could be a precursor to invasion, war, and resistance in the Baltics.<p>VILNIUS, Lithuania — My …

Russia

Baltic States disappointed as new US forces to be concentrated in Western Europe

This article is available only for subscribers. Click here to subscribe or log-in, if you have already subscribed.<p>US Ykrbcpabem to NATO Vobdatv Kljg …

Baltic States

Vilnius public transport on Google Transit

The service, a cooperation between Google and Vilnius municipal public transport administrator Susisiekimo Paslaugos, launched on Thursday, allowing …

Transportation

Latvia and Lithuania: the fairytale filming locations for War and Peace

Lineta Miseikyte is only now recovering from the Battle of Austerlitz. I met up with her earlier this month at Dine, a snazzy Vilnius wine bar. Lithuania, she told me, has been making films for years. Usually it plays the role of Russia, although it’s also been Tudor England (Elizabeth I) and even …

Baltic States

The innovation and startup ecosystem in Estonia

The combination of government initiatives and private sector support is key to developing the innovation and startup ecosystems, as highlighted by a …

Innovation

Top 9 Surprising Reasons To Bootstrap In Lithuania

After traveling for more than 18 months across three continents, I’ve decided to take a better look at my home country Lithuania as a bootstrapping hub for your startup or small business. I’ve asked some experts and entrepreneurs in Lithuania why it’s a good idea to bootstrap in Lithuania.<p>Today I’m …

Lithuania

Norway to surpass Russia as Lithuania's top gas supplier in 2016

OSLO, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Lithuania will import more gas from Norway than from former sole supplier Russia in 2016 after developing infrastructure to support liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports, the country’s energy minister said on Monday.<p>Russia’s Gazprom had enjoyed a supply monopoly until the end …

Clean Technology

UK to send five ships to Baltic as part of Nato buildup against Russia

Britain will also contribute troops to a new 6,000-strong force that is intended to act as a deterrent<p>The UK is to send five extra ships to the Baltic as part of a Nato buildup against Russia.<p>A sizeable contingent of British troops are also likely to contribute to a new Nato force of up to 6,000 to …

Reminder to Baltic States: Israel Is Tiny, Too

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Baltic States

Nato may deploy thousands of troops in Europe to ward off Russia

US, British and German troops may be deployed in Baltics, eastern and southern Europe in 'back to the future' deterrence<p>British troops could be deployed along Russia’s border with eastern Europe, under Nato plans to deter an incursion by Moscow.<p>Defence ministers meeting in Brussels today will …

Russia

President Ilves: Estonia will manage, Europe will manage

You could say that last year was 'shaky'. The world we had become accustomed to came unstuck. We saw the flow of refugees into Europe, which was …

Europe

Estonia: Port of Tallinn says several investors interested in Paldiski refinery

The state-owned port company’s chief commercial officer Erik Ringmaa told the Baltic News Service that although the margins to be earned were at …

European Travel

U.S. heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015

Latvia’s Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube confirmed on July 31, 2015, the deployment of heavy weaponry from the United States to …

Military

Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation

The Latvian Foreign Ministry has announced its Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkevics, met with the new Chinese Ambassador to Latvia, Huang Yong, on …

China

Opinion: Why Baltics should hope Marco Rubio wins US presidential election

On the Democratic side, the political betting market gives Hillary Clinton a 75% percent chance to win and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders a 25% …

Government

Ukraine not doing enough to eradicate corruption, says Lithuania’s foreign minister

This article is available only for subscribers. Click here to subscribe or log-in, if you have already subscribed.<p>"Otznpz auh jhoerl vxf up xst dzjy …

Russia

Bear-backers

THIS week Horst Seehofer, the premier of Bavaria and an unruly ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, ruffled German diplomatic feathers by visiting …

Drone photographer captures winter in Lithuania

<b>Karolis Janulis has been using a drone to take pictures of his homeland, Lithuania, from the air.</b><p>Janulis' photographs show the countryside covered in snow as winter takes hold.<p>"On the first day the snow fell, I went flying and taking pictures, not to miss the chance of capturing the moments while …

Estonia condemns terrorist attacks, grieves with France

"I am shocked by the large-scale and coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris," President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said. He added: "This is also an attack …

European History

First reading of Estonian-Russian border treaty scheduled for end of month

The committee voted to send the bill to the Parliament with four members in favor and two against.<p>Former defense minister Sven Mikser, now an MP who …

Europe

Lithuanian PM calls emergency meeting on security

This article is available only for subscribers. Click here to subscribe or log-in, if you have already subscribed.<p>Givaybvnk to Wjkrp Lmetxhvi …

Security

Lithuania to observe minute of silence for Paris attacks victims

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France

Nasdaq says to develop blockchain services in Estonia

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Exchange and clearing house operator Nasdaq Inc plans to develop several applications for blockchain, the technology underpinning the digital currency bitcoin, using its Estonian settling and clearing business, a senior Nasdaq executive said on Friday.<p>The blockchain is a shared …

Blockchain

Estonian Air Ceases Operations Following EU Subsidies Ruling

EU ruled the airline repeatedly benefited from illegal government subsidies<p>TALLINN, Estonia—State-run Estonian Air ceased all operations Saturday, hours after the European Union ruled the airline repeatedly benefited from illegal government subsidies, and as authorities of the small Baltic nation …

Europe

Lithuania's Lofty Silicon Valley Dreams

Just what we need, more killer apps.<p>Add Lithuania to the list of countries that thinks it can house the next Silicon Valley. The largest of the three Baltic states, and the newest member of the euro, doesn’t have to look all that far for inspiration, however. After all, wasn’t Skype technology …

Venture Capital

Lithuania jails former air traffic official for spying

VILNIUS (Reuters) - A Lithuanian court on Thursday sentenced a former employee of the state air traffic company to three years and three months in prison after finding him guilty of spying for Belarus in a case prosecutors say also involved Russia.<p>The ruling came a day after leaders of nine …

Russia

SEB: Latvia will be the fastest-growing Baltic country in 2016-2017

Regarding the GDP, Latvia will be the fastest-growing Baltic country, the <i>SEB banka</i> experts believe. GDP will climb by 2.7% next year and 3.5% in 2017.<p>…

Call for permanent Latvian trade rep in US

AmCham and LCCI said in a press release they had sent a "position paper" to the Prime Minister, Ministers of Economics and Foreign Affairs, Chairmen …

Economy

President proposes revised national security laws

Janis Pleps, the president's adviser on matters constitutional, was asked about the three bills submitted to Saeima by Vejonis to upgrade …

Latvia