Posts published in Day: May 8, 2018

Macron, Merkel in the White House: Back to basics

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were both in Washington D.C. recently, on visits to the White House. Whereas President Macron was greeted with a lavish state reception, Chancellor Merkel’s visit was a modest working visit. Two issues dominated both the visits – the US continuing its participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning Iran (often termed ‘the Iran deal’) and the EU’s exemption…

Lockheed resumes F-35 jet deliveries to Pentagon after deal to cover production error costs

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Defense resumed accepting F-35 jet deliveries from Lockheed Martin Corp. last week after reaching an agreement on covering the costs to fix a production error, the Pentagon said Monday. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The cost of the fix was $119 million, people familiar with the situation had previously said. The Pentagon had stopped accepting the jets on March 29, the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint…

With nuclear deal threats, U.S. seeks more curbs on Iran

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

By threatening to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the United States wants to halt Iran’s ballistic missile program and its growing influence in the Middle East. European leaders will be under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, who will announce his decision on the future of the deal Tuesday, to renegotiate a broader agreement addressing those points. But Tehran is refusing to change a single comma of the deal…

Rebels evacuate Syria’s last besieged enclave as civilian deaths surge

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hundreds of rebels left the last major besieged opposition enclave in Syria on Monday, with thousands more expected to follow, responding to months of pressure by a Russian-backed government offensive, the army, rebels and residents said. A first convoy of buses with hundreds of rebels and their families, accompanied by Russian military police, departed from the city of Rastan, starting a weeklong evacuation from towns and villages in an enclave…

Civil Affairs minimizes burdens, fears around globe

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

U.S. Soldiers quickly walk through a rowdy crowd of civilians, all of whom are chanting, tossing vegetables and pumping their fists in the dust-clouded air. The outrage is apparent and is reflected in the terse greeting from the local mayor and nod of acknowledgement from the police chief. The team of four, all civil affairs Soldiers, are led to a large room filled to capacity, and after quick introductions, the…

Survey: more than half of Latvian residents form savings for family’s financial security

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

55% of Latvian residents form savings in a bank. This is 20 percentage points more when compared to 2016. Residents primarily form savings to ensure their own and their family’s financial security (52%), followed by retirement plans (37%), travel (23%) and major purchases (22%), according to results of a survey by Norvik Bank. It is worth mentioning that in families with children under the age of 18, one-third of parents…

Unemployment drops to 8.6% in Lithuania

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The unemployment level stood at 8.6% in Lithuania in early May, down 0.6 percentage points from early April but up 0.7% year-on-year, figures from the Lithuanian Labor Exchange show. There were 151,300 unemployed people in late April in Lithuania, a drop of 10.900 (6.7%) from the end of March but an increase of 10,100 (7.2%) from the end of last year’s April. Territorial branches of the Lithuanian Labor Exchange helped…

Remains of 95 more Soviet soldiers found in western Latvia

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The remains of 95 more Soviet soldiers have been unearthed in Pampali, a county in the western Latvian region of Saldus, the non-governmental organization called The Search Unit “Legend” informed LETA. A number of mass graves, each containing the remains of 20 to 30 soldiers, have been discovered in Pampali. The NGO’s representatives indicated that of the approximately 400 Soviet soldiers found so far buried at the Pampali site, seven…

European Humanities University opens the new campus in the Old Town of Vilnius

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

On May 3, the European Humanities University (EHU) begined its operations in the new campus in the former Augustinian monastery in the Vilnius Old Town. During the Opening ceremony, distinguished guests from Lithuania and other countries of the European Union (EU) congratulated the whole EHU community on this special day. The Opening ceremony began with a welcoming address by the University Rector Prof. Sergei Ignatov. After that, the distinguished guests…

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas at a meeting with his Finnish colleague Juha Sipila held on Monday mainly discussed issues concerning the European Union, reports LETA/BNS.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Topics on the agenda of a meeting held ahead of the joint sitting of the Estonian and Finnish governments in celebration of the 100th anniversary of both countries included the joint interests of the two countries in the European Union, government spokespeople said. The main topic was the European Union 2021-2017 budget plan proposal submitted by the European Commission last week. Ratas admitted that long and difficult negotiations will lie…