Dalia Grybauskaite will be the dominant figure in the Baltic state's six months at the helm of the Council of Ministers
The Lithuanian economy is growing, and eurozone membership is on the cards
The EU's insistence that Lithuania shut down its old nuclear reactor pushed the country back into the arms of Russia
Lithuania faces unique environmental challenges, because of its past and its location.
Lithuania has an unenviable record as a country that its people decide to leave
Who's who in Lithuania's government
Given Lithuania's problems of energy dependence, the presidency is likely to make energy diplomacy a priority.
It is customary for the country holding the presidency of the Council of Ministers to show that its time at the helm is not just about rules and regulations, and show off some of the country's cultural highlights.
Even if the Irish broker a political agreement, Lithuania will face a huge task to put the EU's long-term budget in place
Lithuania hopes its presidency will lead to closer ties with the EU's eastern neighbours
Elections last year left Lithuania with a complex government held together by support for the EU and the strength of the president
Each presidency has its national priorities.
The accession process is over and Croatia is ready to join the European Union, but the celebrat-ions will be low-key
The Croatian economy is in poor health, and its revival will depend on the crisis-hit single currency
Croatia is hoping for a new gas pipeline to end its energy dependency
The Social Democratic Party will lead Croatia into the EU, but it has lost support at national and local level
The EU claims to have learnt the lessons of the 2007 enlargement, but the legacy of the war with Serbia has hung over Croatia's accession process
Who's who in the new member state.
The EU's newest member will have strong support in some quarters, and strained relations elsewhere
Croatia's leaders are concerned about the impact of EU accession on relations with their closest neighbours
Croatian, the official language of the Republic of Croatia, will become the European Union's 24th official language on 1 July.
Croatia over the years
Europe's cities are pushing for greater attention at the EU level
The Commission's plan to bring water supply under public procurement rules is worrying local governments
Members of the European Parliament want to hold all the meetings in Brussels and centralise its administration there.
London position as a global financial centre is under threat
Cities can take measures to cut pollution, but sometimes the problem is out of their hands
Despite the image it projects, analysis shows that the Belgian capital is becoming greener
Cities can be environmentally friendly, but it helps if they are wealthy
Each year, two cities in the European Union are designated ‘European capital of culture'. They are selected by their national governments, with member states taking turns according to a schedule agreed in 2007 and that [...]
Tapping into the growth potential of European cities tops the list of challenges facing policymakers
The head of the Historical Archives of the European Union is braced for an influx of new material.
A new course is aimed at those whose work already deals with economics and politics.
A university in Paris hopes that an EU policy and regulatory affairs clinic will give students a big advantage.
The European Union's relations with healthcare have reached a watershed moment. The idea of healthcare as a purely national competence is about to be consigned to history