Why Can’t the Baltics Cooperate? Stories from the Failed Liquid Gas Terminal Project. A journalist from each Baltic country was asked to write an article on the topic, determining why the Baltic nations were unable to decide on a location for the liquid gas terminal project co-sponsored by the E.U. The stories were discussed by authors in the conference for Baltic investigative journalists in Riga, May, 2012.
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