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Author: Linas Jegelevicius

There is no question – we are able to defend ourselves

An interview with Raimonds Bergmanis, the Latvian minister of defence. Interviewer Linas Jegelevicius

LINAS JEGELEVICIUS: In a recent interview, your Lithuanian counterpart claimed that the situation in which the Baltics face now is “the riskiest and most dangerous since 1990”. Do you agree with this assessment?

RAIMONDS BERGMANIS: It is relative and the context should be taken into account. In the 1990s, our countries were still in the process of recovery and building our new state institutions like the armed forces, intelligence, security forces, etc. Alongside the domestic challenges, we were experiencing Russian pressure as well. We were vulnerable back then and, by no means, were these risk-free times. We were lucky that Russia was also vulnerable. However, it was not until 2004 when we joined NATO that we were able to have a real sense of security.

January 2, 2018 - Linas Jegelevicius Raimonds Bergmanis

Lithuania Behind the EU Wheel (with criminals in power?)

If the European Union was really looking for transparency and integrity in an EU presidency host, Lithuania might well be the least suitable candidate for that mission today. And maybe even less fit for the task than Hungary, gripped by its constitutional crisis during its EU presidency, was, or Belgium, which chaired the EU with […]

December 19, 2012 - Linas Jegelevicius

Putin Inauguration Ball With (out) Baltic States’ Presidents?

The presidents of the three Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have modestly congratulated Russia’s new president, but whether Moscow will invite the Baltic leaders to the inaugural ball in the Kremlin at the beginning of May remains a big question. Putin’s words Am I too naïve? Isn’t it too brave to expect a […]

March 15, 2012 - Linas Jegelevicius

Saying Hello in Latvia: Sveiki, dzintara Latvija or Здраствуй, янтарная Латвия?

Latvians took the polls this past weekend in a referendum to decide whether Russian should be the second official language. While the referendum overwhelmingly failed, its implications on Latvian politics, and the region as a whole, remain less certain. In a large part of Latvia, you can still get on with “Sveiki, dzintara Latvija”, which […]

February 22, 2012 - Linas Jegelevicius

Polish President, Gay Rights and Radicals in Lithuania

In anticipation of February 16th, Lithuanian Independence Day, Polish President Bronisław Komorowski and homosexuals have drawn the most exasperation and contempt from many (ultra) patriots in Lithuania. Quite ironically, the Polish head of state and a bunch of openly gay Lithuanians have been chastised for the same thing. Nationalistically-inclined skinheads, ultras and other radicals do […]

February 16, 2012 - Linas Jegelevicius

A (Con)federation of Three Baltic States?

Have you heard of the new (con)federation of Latlitestia? How about some facts. It is a state with a population of six million people; intertwined historically, economically, culturally and politically as tightly as perhaps few European states are. As for its location, it is sprawled along the Baltic Sea coast. I am speaking, of course, […]

January 31, 2012 - Linas Jegelevicius

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