Posts published in Day: May 15, 2018

Switzerland is Latvia’s close friend and partner

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Historically, Switzerland is Latvia’s close friend and partner, said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis in a press conference after his meeting with Swiss President Alain Berset today. Berset and his spouse Muriel Zeender Berset have arrived for a visit to Latvia. Vejonis confirmed that he sees broad perspectives for different cooperation projects between both countries, including in bioeconomy, biomedicine, smart materials, smart energy, ITC, culture, education and science. Vejonis reminded about…

If Sweden, Finland joins NATO, it might deteriorate relations with Russia

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

If Sweden and Finland joins NATO, it might deteriorate the alliance’s relations with Russia, but in a long term it will strengthen Latvia’s defense capabilities, said Latvian MEP Artis Pabriks (Unity). Hes aid that if Sweden and Finland joined NATO, Latvia would be more secure and stronger, while now cooperation between Latvia an Finland and Sweden is regulated by NATO. The politician said though that in the nearest time this…

So close! Canada and Latvia only separated in overtime at ice hockey world championship

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Latvia came within an ace of a massive sporting upset May 14 at the IIHF world ice hockey championship in Denmark. Canada scored first but a determined Latvian outfit did not panic and eventually equalized. Goalie Kristers Gudlevskis was on fire, negating the fact that the Canadians were firing off twice as many shots at goal as the Latvians. At the end of regulation time the sides were locked at…

Lithuanian Prime Minister says minimum wage hike is a matter of negotiation

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

With Lithuania’s Tripartite Council set to discuss an increase in the minimum monthly wage on Tuesday, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis would not say by how much it could be raised in early 2019. “The Tripartite Council will now sit down for talks and we’ll listen to what expectations the trade unions and employers have,” Skvernelis told reporters on Monday. “The government, as an active member of the Tripartite Council, will…

Latvian President affirms commitment to boost UAE ties

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The UAE is a strategic partner for Latvia which can serve as a gateway enabling Latvian companies to expand their presence in the GCC, Latvian President H.E. Raimonds Vejonis said during his recent meeting with a UAE trade delegation in Riga, led by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. During the meeting, H.E. Vejonis said Latvian companies can benefit from the expertise of the UAE companies in key sectors…

Palestinians to bury 58 people killed in US embassy protests

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Funerals are to be held in Gaza for the 58 people killed by Israeli forces as tens of thousands protested along the frontier against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The funerals were expected to take place in the coastal enclave on Tuesday, coinciding with the day Palestinians mark the “Nakba”, or catastrophe, commemorating the more than 700,000 people who fled or were expelled from their homes in…

Wandering stars: are Tallinn’s digital nomads building the city of the future?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Estonia’s nomad visa and space-age digital infrastructure are set to make Tallinn more attractive to location-independent workers. Is this the future of urban employment? Nicole Tan, a 29-year-old content marketer from Singapore, has visited enough places in the last year to make an Instagram follower weep: Jamaica, Miami, Portland, San Francisco, LA, Budapest, Slovenia, Berlin, Luxembourg, Iceland, Romania, Poland, Paris, Amsterdam and Thailand. In almost all of those places, her…

Baltic foreign ministers to meet with U.S. national security advisor

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are to depart for a visit to the United States this week, and their visit will include a meeting with National Security Advisor John Bolton. “Foreign Minister Sven Mikser and his Baltic colleagues are to meet with National Security Advisor John Bolton this week in Washington,” a press officer for the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BNS on Monday. “On Thursday…

Germany to miss NATO defense spending goal

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Germany will fail to meet an annual defense spending goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the country’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) announced on Monday. Speaking during an annual conference of the armed forces (Bundeswehr) in Berlin, von der Leyen predicted that the German military budget would only grow gradually from currently 1.24 percent of GDP…

Who makes Expenses Plan for the Baltic States?

By Viktors Domburs on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Baltic states today are no more a clean sheet of paper waiting for somebody to write something on. During almost 30 years of independence from the USSR the authorities have been cleaning the countries from the Soviet-era’s hangover and are writing new history by themselves. And the results of their activity are various and often disputable. On the one hand the idea of gaining independence which was in the…