Baltics

Estonia’s murder rate is the third highest in the EU

Over three people per 100,000 got murdered in Estonia in 2015, making the country’s murder rate the third highest in the European Union. Only Lithuania (5.89 murders per 100,000 people) and Latvia (3.37) rank higher in the statistics, which prompted Euronews, a European news agency, title its news story, “Baltics …

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Latvians dedicate a video for Estonia’s centennial

Using bicycles, vintage cars, motorcycles and tractors in a short road movie, several hundred of Latvians from different towns and villages joined in and personally forwarded their good wishes to Estonians by delivering a “birthday cake” across the border. “We thought of a way how our people could send Latvian …

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The Stanford University Libraries to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Baltic republics

The Stanford University Libraries will be hosting a conference at Stanford University that will celebrate two important milestones – the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) and the 100th anniversary of independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The 2018 AABS conference …

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Denmark and Italy take over the air policing mission in the Baltics

Denmark and Italy have taken over the Baltic Air Policing mission; the Danes will be based in Lithuania and the Italians in Estonia. The Danish F-16 jets will fly from the Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania, while Italy’s Eurofighters will operate in a supporting role from Ämari in Estonia. NATO …

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The Cambridge Baltic Conference to focus on security and populism

This year’s Cambridge Baltic Conference is to take place at the Cambridge Union Society on 28 October and will gather under the theme, “Security, Cyberwarfare and Populism”. The conference, held for the fifth time, will provide an opportunity to reflect upon such topical issues as the new wave of populism, …

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US and Belgium take over the Baltic Air Policing mission

For the next four months, the United States and Belgium will conduct NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. At a ceremony on 5 September, Belgium took over the supporting role from Spain, operating out of Ämari, Estonia. The United States assumed the lead role of the Baltic Air Policing mission at …

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CIA documents: the West backed forest brothers in the Baltics

Some newly declassified CIA documents show that the US government provided limited covert assistance to the underground armed resistance groups that operated in the Baltic countries after the Soviet Union had occupied them during the Second World War. Many in the Baltic countries and elsewhere still celebrate the US non-recognition …

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Denmark to contribute in the security of the Baltic region

From 2018, Denmark will again offer a contribution to the NATO enforcement of the Baltic countries’ airspace sovereignty, taking part in the Baltic Air Policing mission. “Denmark should make a robust contribution to security and stability in the Baltic Sea and the Baltic region. Therefore, I am pleased that Denmark …

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