Lithuania

Lithuania in Europe

Description of Lithuania

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes lithuania in the following terms: [1] Long a buffer state between Germans and Asiatics, Lithuania was under Russian domination from the late 18th century, was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940 under the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, invaded by Nazi Germany in 1941, recaptured by the Soviet Union in 1944 and finally liberated in 1991, after clashes with Soviet troops. The country was industrialised by the Soviet Union and forcibly integrated into the USSR’s command economy, making the subsequent transition to a free-market economy very difficult. Its application for membership of the EU was initially turned down by the Commission and although it is now accepted as a genuine candidate it is not expected to gain admission before 2008.

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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