Soft Underbelly

1948 December 10: Human Rights Day
LRT from Kherson. A city freed from occupation but not from death
Estonia’s ‘Smoke Sauna Sisterhood’ wins best doc at European Film Awards
U.S. Ambassador to NATO: We take Russia’s threats against Baltics seriously
Virtual diplomacy: take a new, interactive walking tour of Rīga
What kept Lithuania’s Medieval lords warm
Estonia’s Eneli Jefimova bags silver to go with European championships gold
Israel Says It Helped Foil Iranian-Ordered Attack on Israelis in Cyprus
New Zealand’s swing right on Maori issues reveals new fault lines

1981 December 11: El Mozote massacre, El Salvador
1994 December 11: First Chechen War
Latvia: Police will still have to wait for wage increases
What lessons on deterrence can Estonia and Taiwan draw from Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine?
Latvia: Sexual abuse scandal raises question of camp-leading requirements
Would Lithuanians defend their country with arms in case of war?
Energy Trilemma: The Backbone for Energy Transition – Baltic Sea Region Focus
Colonel: Russia has the upper hand in some areas of soft power
Latvia: Security Service investigates potential electronics supply to Russia
Inbank issue of subordinated bonds oversubscribed 7.6 times
Lithuanians more optimistic about their living standard
Estonia’s exports down 21 percent on year to October 2023
Čiurlionis Airport? Lithuania looking to rename its main airport in Vilnius
Freedom of speech perceived as biggest human rights concern in Estonia
France’s Veolia ready to pay Vilnius €35m after arbitration ruling
Estonian women’s épée team win gold at Vancouver Fencing World Cup
Latvian and Estonian companies team up on drone project
Infortar IPO share price comes to €26
Over 500 Covid patients in Latvia’s hospitals
Corruption case verdict hits ratings of Seimas speaker, Liberal Movement – poll
Estonia: exports to Latvia, the Netherlands and the USA fell the most in October
Slovenia to play two friendly games against Lithuania
Latvia: Botanical Garden invites public to festival of light
Lithuania eyes European regtech glory
Latvia Signs $105M Coastal Missile Defense Deal With US
Baltic transport links insufficient, Rail Baltica must be sped up – Lithuanian president
Latvia condemns IOC move to allow Russian athletes to compete in 2024 Olympics
Lithuania’s Landsbergis: Hungary’s position on Ukraine “clash of ideologies”
Next Wave: Estonia is invested in exporting its tech to Kenya
Baltic leaders expect IOC decision on Russian, Belarusian athletes to be reversed
Estonia: Current oil shale power capacity not enough to ensure supply security by 2030
ArtTech Forum Held in Vilnius
Eesti Energia to install charging at Norfa supermarkets in Lithuania
Dombrovskis: Latvia should commit to reducing budget deficit in coming years
Estonian MEP Yana Toom helps pay legal costs of pro-Kremlin activist
Six winners of Lithuania’s national culture and arts prize announced
Baltic presidents: If Russia wins the war, the whole of Europe is in danger
Latvia: Tragic crash raises issue of drivers’ health checks
Procurements for Rail Baltica infrastructure announced in Lithuania
Latvian central bank produces coin for dedicated followers of fashion
Estonia looking to procure another island ferry
Baltic presidents hope IOC will reconsider decision to accommodate aggressor states
Lithuania’s quota for hiring foreign workers remains unchanged at 40,300 in 2024
Public Christmas tree tradition has strong roots in Estonia
Lithuania could introduce defence tax in 2025 – president
October saw significant dip in Latvia’s foreign trade figures
Estonia’s Milrem Robotics, Ukraine’s defense industry sign cooperation agreement
Latvians at EU average for spending on culture
Armenia, Lithuania FMs discuss regional security, stability
Raadio 2’s top 20 Estonian and international hits of the year announced
Baltic states discuss regional security, defense issues
Estonia struggles to boost exports while neighbors face economic downturn
Latvia’s sales giant Joom says booming eCommerce helps outweigh inflation
Estonian FM calls for EU to seize ‘historic’ moment and launch Ukraine negotiations
It’s time for Sweden’s navy to grow
British minehunting ships to bolster Ukrainian Navy as UK and Norway launch maritime support initiative
Russians banned from travel to hand over passports within five days
Belarus to help Equatorial Guinea to develop healthcare system
Ukraine says blockade at a border crossing with Poland over
Power starts flowing between UK and Denmark
Austria makes conditional ‘Air Schengen’ offer to Bulgaria, Romania
Polish constitutional court declares EU fines against Poland violated constitution
While Ukrainians Welcomed, Poland’s Afghans Say They Face Hardship And Exclusion
In Russia’s Kaliningrad, isolation and diminished threat to NATO
EU set for summit showdown over Ukraine accession talks as Hungary stands firm
EU approves Germany’s payments for early coal exit
Belarus, Kenya Vow To Boost Ties As Minsk Seeks African Allies
US anti-missile base in Poland to start operations – Polish PM
Iranian foreign minister says neither Iran nor Israel believe in a two state solution
Sweden’s floorball dominance remains unchallenged
Germany to support green steel at Stahl-Holding-Saar with 2.6 bln eur Three years in Sweden
Philippines says military chief was aboard ship rammed by Chinese vessels
Sweden allocates nearly €120 million to aid Ukraine, focusing on winter support
Norway, Finland and South Korea Signs Agreement to Enhance Norwegian Defense Capabilities
Norway second only to the United States in carbon capture subsidies
Trump increases polling lead in Iowa ahead of first Republican contest
Negative emitters: Denmark leads group of nations aiming to remove more CO2 than they emit
Denmark’s Quran-Burning Ban Draws Sharp Criticism
Denmark’s ‘non-Western’ immigrants triple parents’ earnings
Palestinians starve as Gaza war rages amid fears of exodus into Egypt
Germany: Far-right group protests refugee housing plan
‘Half the price in Germany’: French shoppers cross border to beat inflation
Ukraine war: Zelensky heads to US in bid to rescue $60bn military aid
Navalny’s team says he has vanished in Russia’s prison system
Luxury cars being imported to Russia through Belarus to evade sanctions
Poland’s parliament elects Donald Tusk as prime minister
Germany cannot support COP28 draft deal, foreign minister says
Exclusive: European lawmakers send plea to Congress on Ukraine aid
History at the Barn talks about Basque migration to Idaho
Australia to halve immigration intake, toughen English test for students

1963 December 12: Jamhuri, Kenya Republic Day
Finnish and Baltic gas demand continues to rise in Nov
Scam call and text frequency rises in Latvia
‘We’re taking steps to ensure that Russia can never attack NATO’ – interview with US representative to NATO
Rīga Castle convent building restored after decade of work
New WHO report on Estonia identifies policies to make health care more affordable for people with low incomes
Latvia: New treatment site ready for new rules on bio-waste
Estonia: Emissions trading hitting shipping to hike the price of ferry tickets
How do Latvian youths become illegal money mules?
Mysterious shipwreck measuring over 200 feet long found at bottom of Baltic Sea
Estonia’s rise in export services slows down in Q3 2023
Latvia: Discussions ongoing about banning Russian grain imports
Lithuania moves to phase out 1 and 2 cent coins
Latvia’s Signet Bank buys LPB Bank
Competition watchdog: Greed not behind food price hikes in Estonia
Flooding possible next week in Latvia
Additional €50 million needed for Estonia’s eastern border infrastructure
High concentration of crypto companies alarms Lithuanian regulators
US ambassador to NATO: Security of eastern flank remains our top priority
Human Cognition in the era of Artificial Intelligence
Kallas: EU could set enlargement timeline
Lithuanian parliament launches impeachment against MP convicted for corruption
Estonia: Teachers’ strike planned for January 22
Latvia delivers first-ever criminal verdict for deliberate spreading of HIV
Estonia eyes kickstarting a domestic ammunition industry
Hungary undermines EU’s unity, Lithuania’s president says
Poland’s new Prime Minister Donald Tusk to visit Tallinn
Over 1,000 hillforts identified in Lithuania
Estonia running for UN Human Rights Council 2026-2028
Rīga Security Forum discussion on ‘Global South and the Quest for International Justice’
Lithuania picks project on ‘Tree Architecture’ to represent it at 2025 Venice Biennale
Tallinn to ask Riga City Council about snow clearing policy
From pledge to good practice: The story of a refugee-led organization in Lithuania
Baltics want Russian, Belarusian athletes Olympic decision reversed
Latvia plans to reclaim ‘Moscow House’ and give it to Ukraine
Estonia: Minister proposes building new gas-hydrogen power plant in Narva
Latvia expresses interest in deepening cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries
Europa Cinemas hails 2023 winners from Serbia, Germany and Estonia
Latvia will first wait for Ukraine’s decision in regards to Olympics
Like Lego? Then the R8-engined Rhino RR01 Kit Car From Lithuania is For You
Tech tales from Tallinn: five Estonian startups you should know about
Lithuanian Maritime Cluster And OSK Design Join Forces To Advance Maritime Security In The Baltic Region
Who Owns the Agricultural Land in Denmark?
Cruise missile strikes Norway-flagged tanker off Yemen
Vatican eases rules on the ashes of the dead
Five dead after construction elevator plunges to ground in Sweden
Finding joy in the darkness in Sweden
Japanese ex-soldier wins battle for justice in landmark sexual assault case
Republicans Hold the U.S.-Mexico Border as a Bargaining Chip for Ukraine Aid
Russian Diplomat Expelled Amid EU Spy Purge Is Now An OSCE Election Observer In Serbia
U.S. intelligence assesses Ukraine war has cost Russia 315,000 casualties – source
Sweden explores increased state control over healthcare
Rights court rules Poland should recognise same-sex partnerships
France to end contract with biggest Muslim high school amid fears of wider crackdown
Finland to reopen some Russia border crossing points
Finland to increase domestic ammunition production capacity
COP28 forced into overtime as fossil fuel phase-out divides countries
Donald Tusk sets out vision of a progressive Poland at heart of EU
Ukraine to EU: Don’t wait on US to make decisions
UK’s Sunak wins parliament vote on Rwanda migrant plan despite rebellion
EU takes first step to raise money for Ukraine from Russian frozen assets
Man flies from Denmark to Los Angeles with no passport or plane ticket
Ukraine’s top mobile operator hit by biggest cyberattack of war so far
Germany charges 27 for plotting armed coup with Russia links
Rights group says security services in Belarus raid apartments and detain election observers
Biden says Netanyahu must change, Israel losing global support
Far-right Polish MP uses fire extinguisher to put out Hanukah candles
The Commission welcomes the end of the negotiations for an Association Agreement with Andorra and San Marino
Catalonia will pursue its right to a referendum
Canada turns to a post-war strategy to battle housing crisis

1974 December 13: Malta Republic Day
Canada: Defence Minister Bill Blair Set for Latvia, Poland Visit
Estonia to support Kenya’s digital govt pursuits with $324K investment
Swiss Fintech wallee Expands Presence in Lithuania, Tapping into a Rich Pool of Talent
Estonia and Finland: Stay the course with Ukraine and ensure freedom prevails
Lithuania’s Milasauskas brothers ramp up detonator production for Ukrainian drones
Latvian border municipality worried about Lithuanian nuclear waste plans
Estonia turns to home-grown innovation to increase energy and raw material security
Rail Baltica main line costs in Latvia estimated at EUR 3.7 billion
A referendum on dual citizenship in Lithuania: maintaining ties and gaining influence internationally
Trucks wait on Latvia-Belarus border for up to 12 days
Lithuania’s Russian speakers hesitant to use their language in public amid pressure to prove loyalty
Another 40 kilometers of Estonia’s eastern border completed
Latvia plans to borrow EUR 3 billion next year
CIP, Ignitis Secure 1.4 GW Offshore Wind Site in Estonia with EUR 1.7 Million Bid
Little response to idea of referendum against partnership in Latvia
MPs back bill requiring foreigners to learn Lithuanian, making it harder to change employers
The prized “Dundanga” spruce trees
Health Portal replaces for good
Latvian ‘E-health’ to include all lab results as of next year
Tough times boost sales of potato chips and pastries
Intelligence chief says Lithuania should limit migration or ramp up screening capabilities
Why Is Latvia a Good Choice for Relocation
Lithuania reaches 80% of premises with 100Mbps fixed broadband coverage
Estonia: Liivi 2 offshore wind farm area auction fails to attract a rush of bidders
Lithuania: Vertical farm adds two lettuce varieties to retail
Statistics Estonia: Layoffs on the rise
Melting icicles flood apartments in Rīga
Overview of the Estonian health system: we lose the most years of life to inequality
Foreign Ministry: Latvia supports ceasefire in Gaza for humanitarian reasons
Despite past grievances, Lithuanian FM hopes for good relations with new Polish government
Latvian household disposable income grew by 9.1% in 2022
Oversupply slashes Tallinn rent prices
Latvia: Major hospital to lose millions of EU funding over missed deadlines
Police investigate Lithuanian citizen caught praising Russia on video
Jüri Ratas’ portrait added to gallery of Riigikogu speakers
Latvia: Veterinarians ask that illegal breeders be penalized harshly
E-cigarettes more popular in Estonia as young people start smoking earlier
Ministry vows to improve road quality in Latvia
Estonia: President’s Christmas card focuses on connecting generations
Mysterious 230 Feet Shipwreck Found in Baltic Sea Stuns Researchers
Estonian sports undersecretary: Maybe Russia will withdraw from Olympics
Latvia makes its largest defence investment in air defence system
Latvia joins ‘Digital for Development Hub’
Two Estonian animations long-listed for 2024 Oscars
Latvia: Number of hospitalized patients with Covid continues to rise
Pärnu to erect memorial to Estonians who fled in 1944
Latvia to Spearhead Drone Coalition to Bolster Ukraine
Foreign minister: Estonia should recognize Armenian genocide
EKRE ties moving Israeli embassy to Jerusalem to Rigiikogu obstruction
Estonia builds new fence on Russian border
Argentina devalues peso, cuts spending to treat fiscal deficit ‘addiction’
Poland: Recovery and strong zloty in 2024
Pro-EU Donald Tusk sworn in as Poland’s new prime minister
China chip firm powered by US tech and money avoids Biden’s crackdown
In Norway, Zelenskiy Says Ukraine ‘Can’t Win Without Help’ As He Seeks To Ramp Up Support For Ukraine
Poland eyes renewables boost as new coalition sworn in
Man jumps into Indian parliament, sets off smoke can in major security breach
Swedish labour union to stop collecting Tesla waste
From Finland to Ukraine, two busloads of support
Exclusive: EU budget chief sees deal on 50 bln euros for Ukraine, has plan B
Ukraine says 53, including 6 children, hurt in Russian missile strikes on Kyiv
Korea’s arms deal with Poland hanging by a thread
Israel suffers heaviest combat losses since October, diplomatic isolation
Belarus: Consultative Group with democratic forces and civil society meets in Brussels
Germany clinches last-minute 2024 budget deal, keeps debt brake
‘Russia is waking up’: In Moscow, soldiers’ wives make camouflage nets, minefield signs
Exclusive: EU to find way to help Poland access frozen EU cash -Hahn
Poland could make the transition to net zero by 2040 – report
COP28 Agreement Signals “Beginning of the End” of the Fossil Fuel Era
This is one of the last places on Earth to explore an ancient Arctic life
Malta among states lobbying to allow spyware use against journalists
Persistence pays off for Romania and Bulgaria in Horizon Europe
Armenia and Azerbaijan exchange war prisoners in first step towards normalisation
South Korea Expects Its Already-World’s-Lowest Fertility Rate to Keep Falling

Lithuania’s Nuanced Stance in UN Votes on Israel-Palestine Issues
Latvian Ice Hockey Team Gears Up for the ‘Kaufland Cup’ and World Championship
Ignitis and CIP win Estonia’s first offshore wind tender
Latvian Saeima committee checks potential hidden immigration rumors
Estonian electric car charging network to build stations in Lithuania
Latvia: Jaunpils begins castle renovation after August storms
Lithuania acquires more NASAMS air defence from Kongsberg
Latvia: Support center observes less teenage alcohol use, more drug use
Lithuania’s UN votes on Israel: between principles and strategic alliances
Mobile voting likely to arrive in Estonia in 2025
Construction of national stadium in Vilnius stops again
Split opinions on roadsigns in Latgalian and Livonian
Snowy blizzard knocks out power in Estonia
Lithuanian president says Hungary ‘harming itself’ by objecting to Ukraine’s EU accession talks
More people die from falling than car crashes or fires in Estonia
Rural homes in Latgale surrounded by mountains of snow
Groundbreaking summit or historic fiasco – will EU leaders convince Hungary to relent on Ukraine aid and expansion?
Estonia prefers not to postpone Rail Baltica completion to have it pass through Riga
Multi-year fatal Listeria outbreak linked to fish from Lithuania
Latvian Saeima approves harsher punishments for crimes against state
Nurses’ salaries across Europe: Which countries pay the highest and lowest wages?
Russian language to not be allowed to be requested in job ads or job interviews in Latvia
I flew to a Christmas market I’d never heard of and it was more festive than New York
Estonia rolls out new €80 million aid package for Ukraine
Lithuania signs €200m deal on new NASAMS air defence system
Work starts on Narva’s first new apartment block since Estonian re-independence
Lithuanian minister dismisses Latvia’s concerns about nuclear waste site as ‘premature’
Estonia’s Milrem to develop robotic systems with the Ukrainian defence industry
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister: Today “I am a Ukrainian”
Housing prices in Latvia up 3.2% in Q3
Estonia sending €80 million of military aid to Ukraine including Javelins
2024 World Junior Championship Preview: Team Latvia
Cyprus and Estonia collaborate on e-health initiatives
Only six Latvian companies among 50 biggest in Baltic
Estonia: 65 Riigikogu members submit draft statement in support of Israel
President’s Office stalls appointment of Lithuania’s ambassador to Poland – FM
Book compiles 100 walking trails in Latvia
Lithuanian cinemas boycott Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron over distributor’s Russia links
Russian language requirement might be banned from job ads in Latvia
Frontex: MEPs want an effective border agency compliant with fundamental rights
Latvia: Ķemeri National Park repeatedly gets sustainable tourism label
Estonians’ donations help construct 52 bomb shelters in eastern Ukraine
Man dies in Rīga after being hit by ice slab
Estonian top-flight club Nõmme Kalju escape FIFA transfer ban
Marcegaglia salvages Russia’s sanctioned EU business
Estonia: 10,000 people’s data stolen in genetic testing company Asper Biogene leak
Belarusians in Lithuania are not getting residence permits – Tsikhanouskaya
Estonian, Finnish defense forces discuss future cooperation opportunities
Lithuania bans professional troops from travelling to unfriendly countries
Estonia congratulates Ukraine, Moldova on ‘historic’ EU negotiations agreement
Marshall Islands Shuts Down Insurer With “Dark Fleet” Ties To Estonia
Turkey continues delaying Sweden’s NATO bid
Why the Indian Ocean could be China’s Achilles’ heel in a Taiwan war
EU divisions over Ukraine send wrong signal to US, says Sweden
Ukrainian refugees tricked into working without pay in Sweden
Finland’s Public Transport Grinds to Halt as Strikes Hit Country
Finland seizes trains from joint venture with Russia
Finland set to again shut its entire border with Russia
Romania finds drone crater after Russian attack on Ukrainian infrastructure
Finland to sign defence pact with US
There Is a Path to Victory in Ukraine
Maersk says container ship targeted by missile on way to Saudi Arabia
Return of Poland’s Tusk changes balance of power in EU
Judy Asks: Is Europe Still Committed to Ukraine?
Ukraine needs a military-industrial complex of its own
Hanukkah candles relit in Poland’s parliament after antisemitic incident
Human rights breaches in Belarus, Tanzania and Tibet
Finland to double ammunition production, build new factories
The High Price of Losing Ukraine
Decoding China’s Foreign Policy Approach Toward Belarus
Seven arrested in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands over suspected terrorism plots
EU to open membership talks with Ukraine and Moldova
Poland to pay woman denied abortion €16,000 compensation
Highest AIC levels in Luxembourg, Austria and Germany
Russia, Faroes cut shared pelagic, whitefish quotas amid trade ban talks
The Ancient Game “Tablut” Has Survived Centuries
​Gibraltar could consider cable link to Morocco to tap into carbon neutral energy
Court suspends Italian plan to hold migrants in Albania
Slovakia urged not to undermine public broadcaster’s independence
Cities launch manifesto for better Europe
Will the hard right really sweep Europe in 2024? If it does, here’s what could happen
Record number of Māori MPs elected to New Zealand Parliament

British aircraft monitors Russian forces near Baltics
‘The Killing’ Star Sofie Grabol, Disaster Thriller ‘Estonia,’ Canneseries Winner ‘Power Play’ Compete for the 2024 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize
Canada will send helicopters to Latvia for NATO deterrence mission: Blair
University of Tartu planning to make Estonia global hub for genetic data
Eighteen new trains to hit the tracks by end of year in Latvia
Estonia – Step Inside a Fairytale
High Five charity drive begins in Latvia
Estonian Foreign Ministry secgen: EU close to agreeing €50 billion for Ukraine
Lithuania delivers several million rounds of ammunition to Ukraine
Tallink to repay €100 million loan to Estonian state
Start of Ukraine EU accession talks is ‘new page’ in history, says Lithuanian president
Baltic Dance Platform to move Rīga in February
Estonia: Paternity and fertility tests among data stolen in Asper Biogene cyberattack
Latvian central bank revises economic forecasts
Lithuania acquires more NASAMS air defense missile systems from KONGSBERG of Norway
Latvia: Highway near Sigulda in ‘extreme’ condition
Lithuanian president says FM pushing ‘certain people’ for Polish ambassador position
[Latvia] Donate your bottle cap, buy drone for Ukraine
Estonian MEP on Orban veto: EU could drop unanimity principle in certain matters
Canada to continue expanding military presence in Latvia
PM: Estonia has been staunch supporter of Ukraine and Moldova’s accession to EU
Latvia’s new electric trains welcome passengers
Mihkelson: EU treaties allow suspending Hungary’s right to vote
23 new electric trains to improve transport in Latvia thanks to Cohesion Policy funds
Estonian Defense League leadership handed over to Maj. Gen. Ilmar Tamm
Lithuania’s decision on purchasing tanks expected next year – minister
Three detained over alleged human trafficking in Rīga
Infortar’s recent owners also its largest shareholders after IPO
Residence permit issuance suspended for 2,000 Belarusians in Lithuania – Tsikhanouskaya
Jefimova and Õiglane named 2023 Tallinn Athletes of the Year
Latvia: Former basketball player, politician Kārlis Strēlis dies
Vilnius makes world’s TOP 100 cities list for the first time
Zombie folk duo Puuluup win Estonian foreign ministry’s Cultural Award
No more obstacles: Vilnius-Riga train to launch in December with daily service
A Guide to Estonia’s Digital Nomad Visa
Slovenian President Pirc Musar visiting Latvia and Slovakia next week
Bog Hiking Is the Best Hiking Experience You’ve Never Heard Of
President of Latvia: we will ensure full host nation support for increase of Canadian Armed Forces in Latvia
Leopard 2 tanks repaired in Lithuania will be transferred to Ukraine
Bank of Latvia maintains inflation outlook for 2023 at 9%
Lithuania: Security commission asks authorities for proposals to reduce Belarusian border travels
Tallinn launches sustainable event guidelines
German brigade deployment plan to be signed next week – Lithuanian DefMin
Estonia: Same-sex marriage to bring new gender neutral forms
Davis Simanis’s Latvian/Lithuanian Maria’s Silence Almost Ready for Berlinale’s Forum
Estonian defense minister thanks troops who served overseas
Pranciškaus Eigminas memorial tournament held in Lithuania
Estonian PM calls on EU to increase defense investments
Latvia: Health minister interested in Danish experience in modernizing and strengthening hospital networks
Estonia seeking replacement for Spain’s air defense systems
Lithuanian Director Giedrė Žickytė in Postproduction with Doc Both of Your Mothers
Council defends snow clearing policy after Tallinners’ complaints
Creator of International Digital-Asset Exit Schemes Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Investors
Toronto Stocks Pare Back Gains; Neo Performance Materials Rises on Estonia Operations Improvements
Lithuania Now a Repair Hub for Ukraine’s Tanks
Ukraine to Boost Domestic Defense Industry in Cooperation With Western Partners
Growing German exports to Russia’s neighbors raise concerns of sanctions violations
Western officials warn Ukraine is ‘certain to fail’ against Russia if US doesn’t provide more aid
Germany delivers additional Patriot air defense system to Ukraine
EU aid for Ukraine’s war effort against Russia blocked by Hungary, but Kyiv’s EU membership bid advances
Norway to Send More NASAMS Air Defense Systems to Kyiv
Biden, Turkey’s Erdogan discuss Gaza war, Sweden’s NATO bid
Sweden: Women feel less safe online than men
EU Releases $5.5 Billion in Aid to Poland’s Tusk Government
Sweden to condition foreign aid on expulsion cooperation
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Belarus?
Sweden’s NATO aspirations still face Turkish, Hungarian resistance
Fortescue gets 200 mln euros for Norway green ammonia plant
EP calls on Belarus to release Lukashenko regime critic Statkevich and other political prisoners
Serious times in Sweden: Broad Support for Defense Cooperation Agreement with the USA
CERN Council decides to conclude cooperation with Russia and Belarus in 2024
Germany approves 2023 budget with debt brake suspension
Belarus: regime still raiding, jailing labor and democracy activists
Why does Denmark have one of Europe’s lowest rates of bullying?
Row Over Central Bank Shows Rolling Back State Capture In Poland Will Not Be Easy
Symposium in Finland brings industry and experts together to strengthen NATO’s responses to hybrid threats
With Poland Turning Towards Europe, Orban’s Isolation Becomes Precarious
Germany extends checks at Polish, Czech, Swiss borders until mid-March
Warsaw mayor bans commemoration of nationalist who assassinated Poland’s first president
Rebel fire and China’s ire: Inside Myanmar’s anti-junta offensive
Musk’s woes deepen as Tesla strike spreads across Scandinavia
Netherlands lifts its objection to Bulgaria joining EU’s Schengen zone
United States to gain access to 15 military bases in Finland
EU vows Ukraine to get aid despite veto by Hungary’s Orban
‘Germany will remain a home for Jews’: German president
What has Hungary’s Orban got against Ukraine?
Insight: Rise in Mexican cartel violence drives record migration to the US
Russian companies fleeing Cyprus amid FBI investigation into sanctions evasion
Maersk to pause all container ship traffic through the Red Sea
France to review actor Depardieu’s Legion d’Honneur medal following allegations
Mexican president urges Argentines to peacefully resist Milei
The European Parliament calls to increase trade and investment ties with Taiwan
Decision to disband Ukraine border blockade overturned by Polish court
Denmark implements green tax on air travel starting 2025
Switzerland moves forward on EU discussions
Migration top of the agenda as Belgium outlines priorities for its Council of the EU presidency
Will Dutch Aid to Ukraine Continue Despite Netherlands Election Outcome?
Iceland’s Christmas book flood
Mushrooms and flying reindeer: the shamanic roots of Santa Claus
Bosnia Arrests Seven for Mass Killings After Fall of Srebrenica
Serbia formally refuses to abide by EU-brokered agreements with Kosovo
Council of Europe calls on Italy to guarantee rescue of migrants at sea
Gay Soldier Wins Harassment Lawsuit in Moldova
Relief And Anger After Bulgaria Dismantles Massive Soviet Monument
Will Europe stop sitting on defence?

1971 December 16: Bahrain National Day
1989 December 16: Romanian Revolution
1991 December 16: Kazakhstan Independence Day
Ice fishing on Estonia’s frozen frontier
Daily Vilnius-Rīga train to start running at end of year
Language, folk dances, and radio show – how Argentinian Lithuanian maintains links to his ancestral homeland
Along the Latvia-Estonia border: Lots of lakes with a line through them
Feature | Along the Latvia-Estonia border: Southernmost Estonia
Unions of Journalists of Ukraine and Lithuania call to revoke license for famous U.S. publication Forbes from russians
In ‘My Love Affair with Marriage,’ Signe Baumane Explores Romantic Love: ‘Most Over-Hyped Human Emotion’
The war must go on, until Putin says otherwise: key takeaways from Russian president’s Q&A
Lithuania hints Hungary EU exit
December sees festive season in full swing in Tallinn
Wind warning along the Kurzeme coast Saturday and Sunday
1st Batch Of Leopard 2 Tanks Damaged By Russia & Repaired By Lithuania Ready To Return To The Frontlines In Ukraine
Russia Launches Drone Attack Across Ukraine
Austria bankers still blocking EU sanctions on Russia
WHO, together with the Government of Germany, donates 20 ambulances to Ukraine
Vatican’s financial ‘trial of the century’ to announce verdict in test of Pope Francis’ reforms
Europe must rearm as new threats loom, German minister says
EU and India to intercept Malta-registered vessel believed to be hijacked
Norway Greenlights World’s First Commercial Deep-Sea Mining Project
Amnesty ends for Kosovo Serbs to register their cars
US Military to gain access to Finnish military bases on Russian border
Spain is the No. 1 country for digital nomads in 2024
5 of the best Indigenous winter adventures in Sweden’s Sámi country
Hungary to veto Bulgaria’s Schengen entry unless it scraps gas transit tax
Germany plans partial reform of its debt brake, Lindner says
Georgia celebrates gaining EU candidate status
Finland to try Russian Neo-Nazi over Ukraine war crimes after refusing extradition
Europe must boost military capacity to counter Russia threat: German defense chief
Mossad chief to meet Qatar PM in Norway for renewed hostage talks — report
Canada print media to get two-thirds of Google’s payment to news outlets
Belarus puts Ales Bialiatski, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, in solitary confinement
US, South Korea to draw up joint nuclear defence guideline against North Korean threat -Yonhap
Germany deports Iraqi over ‘terror’ suspicion
Japan, ASEAN to boost security ties with eye on China
Polish president signs law on funding IVF despite appeal from church
Taiwan’s deepfake fighters tackle Chinese election interference
Sweden’s Pursuit of Justice: A Victory For Humanity
Smoleńsk crash investigation commission abolished by new Polish government
Germany to end e-vehicle subsidy programme
Most Germans Want New Government, Early Elections, Poll Shows

1907 December 17: National Day of Bhutan
1928 December 17: Kurdistan Flag Day
2010 December 17: Arab Spring
December 18: International Migrants Day
1878 December 18: Qatar National Day
1961 December 19: Operation Trikora, New Guinea
1980 December 19: National Heroes and Heroines Day, Anguilla
1951 December 24: Libya Independence Day
1979 December 24: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan