Free Markets, Free People

Lithuania’s Drive for the Euro: Here We Go Again

Lithuania’s banking and monetary systems are a bit of a mess, making this a reachable goal but a difficult one.

The Puzzle of the Baltics

Beneath the success of these individual stories is a somewhat odder truth: the Baltics only fit the European Union slightly better than they did the Soviet one.

Russia’s Imperialism Costs It Economic Growth

It is not too late for Europe to win this game; but at this rate, Moscow will lose soon.

Lithuania Struggles with Emigration — A Harbinger of Eastern Europe’s Future

This is a story told in anecdotes and figures of Lithuania’s own struggles with holding onto its population. It is worth the time.

Lithuania Blows Its Chance to Blow Up Gazprom

Getting completely out from Russia’s deeply unpleasant embrace should be Lithuania’s first, second, and third foreign policy and economic priorities.

Russia Targets Lithuania Next

Lithuania summoned the Russian ambassador for a dressing-down this week, an act that will no doubt cause Putin to quake in terror the very instant it is backed by a military larger than Russia’s.

Lithuania Moves Forward With European Union Presidency

Lithuania has come far since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Despite Moscow’s best efforts to preserve old ties, holding the EU presidency will firmly weld Vilnius to the West.

Lithuania’s Move to Nuclear a Blow to Gazprom

In a little-noticed news item last week, Lithuania announced that it will re-open talks with its fellow Baltic states and Hitachi to open a nuclear plant outside of Visaginas.

European Battle Against Gazprom Continues

Europe is tired of the Gazprom monopoly and isn’t going to take it any more. At least, that appears to be the message from Lithuania, which will take over the European Union’s rotating presidency in July.

Lithuania Steps Up to Head European Council

Vilnius inevitably will be drawn further into the debate over how best to extricate troubled European states from their economic difficulties. Lithuania is particularly interested in stabilizing the eurozone since Vilnius hopes to enter the monetary union in 2015.