From FalsiaToday, 14th October, 2016, Tallinn – A federation with the aim of sharing defence, foreign policy, energy policies and long-term common goals. This is what the leaders of the 3+1 Baltix (as they chose to be known as) countries – namely Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland – will be discussing about, in a not-so-secret meeting, scheduled for later today, in Tallinn. The need for such a federation comes as a reaction to both the centrifugal forces Brexit set free in Britain and Spain, and the centripetal ones the Foedus proposal and its discussion framed. Furthermore, the renewed aggressiveness Putin showed on the Ukrainian front and its American weak reaction let the pressure mount on these four countries for a better, safer, more economically sustainable army, especially after the pro-european moves of Erdogan may undermine Putin’s stability.
The four countries are already experiencing free movement of people and trade, a long mutual protection history against their common rival, Russia, and since Lithuania ultimately joined the Eurozone in 2015, they are also part of the same currency block. As the British drama moves on, and the Austrian presidential elections are set to be run again, the EU Commission welcomed the talk as the “much wanted fresh breath from the new Eastern members of the EU”. The plan is extremely ambitious, with the countries aiming at federating even if the Foedus referendum should not prove successful, with the ultimate goal of balancing the very recent political and economic weakness of Ukraine, and also delivering a new ally to the EU Commission, after Poland controversial “fascist” reforms. The joint population would reach 11.5 million people, more than many EU members today, surpassing for example Greece, Portugal, Bulgaria, Hungary and Czechia.