Despite China’s embargo, Lithuanian exports hit a 10-year high

Economy 02/17/22, 19:52

On Feb. 13 2022, the Lithuanian state broadcaster (LRT) reported that Lithuanian exports grew significantly, unaffected by the COVID epidemic, geopolitics, and especially the Chinese regime's crackdowns. Lithuanian's merchandise exports increased 20.5 percent year on year. Jonė Kalendienė, head of Enterprise Lithuania's Research and Analysis Division, said, "An overview of the ...

Lithuania withdraws all diplomats from China

China 12/18/21, 15:25

Lithuania hastily withdrew all staff from its embassy in China on Dec. 15 as tensions increased over the Taiwan issue.  Lithuanian officials on Dec. 14 said its embassy would work remotely.  Foreign Minister Landsbergis of the Baltic state said the diplomats were leaving for consultancy over changing the department's name. Reuters cited a diplomat ...

Despite threats from the CCP, Lithuania officially opens Taiwan embassy

China 11/18/21, 16:40

Despite pressure and threats from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) the Taiwanese embassy in Lithuania started operating this Thursday, Nov. 18 as announced by Taiwan's foreign minister via his Twitter account. https://twitter.com/MOFA_Taiwan/status/1461255905677221890 Taiwan's 'de facto embassy' is the first in Europe and opens the possibility for other countries that also maintain diplomatic ...

‘We are small but tough’: Lithuania stands up to Beijing’s threats

Europe 08/13/21, 16:02

On Tuesday, August 10, the Chinese Communist Party withdrew its ambassador from Lithuania in response to the announcement that Taiwan will open an office in the European country under the name 'Taiwan.' Using its state media, the CCP threatened to 'punish' Lithuania for crossing the 'red line,' but a Lithuanian ...

Lithuania defies CCP: Taiwan to open Europe’s first embassy in Vilnius

Europe 07/23/21, 00:59

On July 20, 2021, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it will open a representative office in Lithuania's capital that will be the first 'embassy' in Europe to bear the island's name, defying the CCP's 'one China' policy. According to Taiwan News, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said the name of ...

Lithuania’s new president vows to fight power structures

Europe 05/27/19, 08:15

The winner of Lithuania's presidential elections says fighting elitist power structures will be among his top priorities.Gitanas Nauseda says that "oligarchy is very dangerous not only because it takes over control of mass media and starts controlling people's minds but also interferes in politics brutally. That is not acceptable."The 55-year-old ...

Lithuania presidential hopefuls: tone down Russia rhetoric

Europe 05/26/19, 01:55

Lithuanians are choosing a new president in a runoff vote between two candidates who both say they want to maintain a strict tone toward neighboring Russia while easing sometimes harsh rhetoric.Gitanas Nauseda, a prominent economist, and Ingrida Simonyte, a former finance minister, are vying to succeed the popular Dalia Grybauskaite, ...

Lithuania presidential hopefuls: tone down Russia rhetoric

Europe 05/25/19, 04:47

The two contestants in Lithuania's runoff election for a new president have one thing in common: They want to maintain the strict tone toward neighboring Russia while easing sometimes harsh rhetoric.Gitanas Nauseda, a prominent economist, and Ingrida Simonyte, a former finance minister, are vying to succeed the popular Dalia Grybauskaite, ...

Former Olympic swimming champion Meilutyte retires at 22

Sports 05/22/19, 07:49

Former Olympic swimming champion Ruta Meilutyte retired from the sport Wednesday after missing three doping tests.The 22-year-old Meilutyte said she wants to focus on her studies and other interests, rather than a third Olympics next year."I have given all of myself to swimming. I used to live with it since ...

EU police agency says operation smashed organized crime ring

Europe 05/22/19, 06:28

The European Union's police agency says an international law enforcement operation has smashed an organized crime gang that earned hundreds of millions of euros in drug and cigarette trafficking, assassinations and money laundering.Europol said Wednesday that more than 450 police and customs officers in Spain, the United Kingdom, Poland and ...

Update: Lithuania heads to runoff vote to pick president

Europe 05/12/19, 17:12

The latest on the presidential election in Lithuania (all times local):1:10 a.m.Voting results from Lithuania's presidential election indicate a prominent economist and a former finance minister will advance to a runoff ballot later this month to pick a successor to incumbent Dalia GrybauskaiteLithuanian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Saulius Skvernelis, ...

Lithuanians choose a president to take over from ‘Iron Lady’

Europe 05/12/19, 01:32

Voters are going to the polls in Lithuania to elect a president to succeed Dalia Grybauskaite, who has completed her maximum two terms in office.Nine candidates are taking part in Sunday's vote, which could require a runoff in two weeks' time.The leading candidates include Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, former banking ...

Voters to pick successor of Lithuania’s popular ‘Iron Lady’

World 05/10/19, 01:58

Nine candidates are vying in an election Sunday to become Lithuania's next president, including a well-known economist, a former finance minister and the incumbent prime minister.Term limits require the Baltic country's current head of state, President Dalia Grybauskaite, to step down after two five-year terms. The election to choose the ...

Lithuanian man flies alone on huge plane to Italy

Europe 04/02/19, 09:01

A Lithuanian man flying to Italy got a pleasant surprise when he boarded the plane: He was the only passenger on the Boeing 737-800.Skirmantas Strimaitis, who was flying from capital Vilnius to the northern Italian city of Bergamo for a skiing holiday March 16, had the whole plane — which ...

‘The Hill of Crosses’ – A place where you can revive your truest beliefs

Culture 03/26/19, 05:38

In a quiet suburb located in the beautiful country of Lithuania, ‘The Hill of Crosses’ stands quaintly as it witnesses years of historical ups and downs, its population’s enduring faith, and their eternally steadfast character. When the wind gently blows through the fields of the peaceful Siauliai countryside, strings of jade ...

PHOTOS: Costume-wearing Lithuanians chase winter away

Europe 03/04/19, 06:46

A strange scenario took place in this central Lithuania village this weekend. Chanting devils, goats, witches and others filled the streets to chase winter away.After a long and dark winter, people in this Baltic country wanted to make the cold season go away by wearing colorful masks and dressing up, ...

PHOTOS: Lithuanians get good vibrations fishing for smelt

Europe 02/13/19, 02:23

Winter in Lithuania means spending weekends on frozen lakes while trying to attract a silvery fish that smells like fresh cucumber.Lithuanians love smelt and use vibrations to lure the small, slippery creature into nets through fishing holes drilled through the ice.Two smelt-fishing commemorative coins were issued last month by the ...

New app lets dog lovers swipe right for perfect pet match

Europe 02/05/19, 04:38

If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right.Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners.Called GetPet, the app was launched last month and is getting hundreds of new users daily and already ...

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