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Ominous milestone: one-millionth Lithuanian to leave soon

The statisticians claim that, every day, 120 Lithuanians hop onto Scandinavia and Western Europe-bound planes in search of a better life. This month, Lithuania is likely to reach an ominous and heart-wrenching milestone with the country‘s émigré number expected to go over one million. To calm down the naysayers, the estimate is unofficial.

New Lithuanian PM plans increase in defence spending to NATO standard

Former Lithuanian Interior Minister and head of police, Saulius Skvernelis, gained this week the backing Seimas and the Lithuanian President to become the country’s next Prime Minister. He has pledged to increase defence spending to the threshold required by NATO.

Trump presidency and EU ballots among exterior factors to shape Lithuania’s life in 2017

Four economy luminaries have opined this week on looming threats to Lithuania and its national economy in the months to come. Despite disagreements on the tack a new «peasants»-orchestrated government is about to take, leading economists have firmly concurred on a couple of developments.

Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Italian Music Concert «Les Strade D’s Europa»

BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during November 21-27

Outgoing Lithuanian PM’s new reality: clandestine foes and gloomy future

Just recently, now outgoing Lithuanian PM Algirdas Butkevičius could easily garner any support in Lithuanian legislature, Seimas. However, with Social Democrats playing now just second fiddle in a new-ruling Coalition, the SD leader failed to muster a necessary number of the MP’s vote to give him a seat of the Seimas’ Vice-Speaker.

Lithuania seeks to recover illegally-sold valuable rifles donated by the U.S.

Lithuania has stated that miscommunication had been the reason, why valuable U.S. donated rifles have been sold private individuals. Washington has requested an explanation, since a bilateral agreement bars Lithuania from selling American army guns to third parties.

Brussels warns Lithuania and 7 other states of excessive budget deficits

The European Commission has on November 16 announced that Lithuania and eight other eurozone countries could surpass the European Commission budget deficit limit.

Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. XI International Slavic Folk Festival «Pokrovskije Kolokola»

BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during November 14-20

Sentence to life in prison with the accused at large in Russia

A Vilnius court‘s decision to sentence to life in prison three former members of the Soviet special police unit OMON for murdering seven Lithuanian border guards and police officers at the Medininkai border checkpoint in 1991 did not give much solace to the families of the slain officers as the accused are free.

Research: Lithuania has largest proportion of expats in EU prisons

In a study as to how many emigrants are imprisoned in the prisons of other European Union member states, it has been estimated that Lithuanians make up the largest proportion, with Latvians and Romanians being next.

Lithuanians teach British troops to recognise and counter Russian propaganda

Lithuanian specialists are sharing their knowledge as to recognising and fighting Kremlin’s information campaign as the UK continues efforts to counter Russian attempts to influence British public opinion.

Lithuania issues civilian guide to recognise Russian military equipment

The Lithuanian government has on October 28 published a handbook as to advisable actions in case of emergency or war. In third such brochure since Russia added Crimea and its population to its territory, the tone is more serious and Lithuanians are instructed to recognise Russian military equipment.

Post-election flare-ups emerge in Lithuania, as winners build new government

Nearly a week after the second round of Lithuania‘s general election, the Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union, the holder of 54 mandates in the141-member Lithuanian Parliament, has not gotten a step closer to agreeing with other political parties on a new Cabinet.

Not all Roma happy about Lithuanian firm making tours to largest Roma village in Baltics

Lithuanian Roma representatives have been critical about a tour agency organising sightseeing tours to the village of Kirtimai promoted as «an extreme challenge» having a former drug addict as a guide.