Lithuania takes over the rotating EU presidency on 1 July with a record load of legislative dossiers. It still wants to add its own "flavour" to the presidency with a focus on eastern relations.
EU interior ministers agreed to start legislative talks with the EU parliament to expand the scope of an asylum database, Eurodac, to include migrants and stateless people.
Column / Brexit Briefing
The week in Westminster and Brussels highlight the difficulty Theresa May faces in trying to keep control of the Brexit timetable.
News in Brief
- Council of Europe critical of Turkey emergency laws
- Italian opposition presses for anti-euro referendum
- Danish MP wants warning shots fired to deter migrants
- Defected Turkish officers to remain in Greece
- Most child asylum seekers are adults, says Denmark
- No school for children of 'illegal' migrants, says Le Pen
- Ombudsman slams EU Commission on tobacco lobbying
- McDonald's moves fiscal HQ to UK following tax probe
Lithuania takes over the EU presidency on 1 July. EUobserver talks to the country's leading politicians about its austerity policy, its euro plans and relations with eastern neighbours.
With less than two months to go before taking over the rotating EU presidency on 1 July, Lithuania has unveiled the logo that will brand its EU meetings.
Lithuanian President Grybauskaite has been awarded the Charlemagne Prize for her "outstanding" merits in European politics, just as her country prepares to take over the EU presidency.
Highly dependent on Russian gas, Lithuania's struggle for energy independence and its relations with Gazprom are seen as a litmus test for the EU's energy policy.
Home to 10 NBA players, Lithuania is far more into basketball than any other sport. Saulius Stombergas, a former star player, tells EUobserver why.
The only way to get public support for austerity measures is if politicians start by cutting their own wages, says Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.
Lithuania is determined to join the eurozone in 2015 after it missed the membership criteria by less than one percent back in 2006.
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