Posts published in Day: September 4, 2018

Kremlin dismisses Trump warning on Syria’s Idlib

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Kremlin dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump’s warning to Syria not to launch an offensive in the rebel-held enclave of Idlib, saying on Tuesday that the area was a “nest of terrorism”. Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to “recklessly attack” the northwestern Syrian province, saying hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. “Just to speak out with some warnings,…

29 billion USD transferred through Danske Bank Estonia in one year

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

An investigation ordered by Danske Bank and seen by Financial Times is said to have found that close to 30 billion USD have been transferred via the Estonian branch of the bank in one year from Russian and other post-Soviet countries. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Tuesday, September 4, that Financial Times has seen a draft report commissioned by Danske Bank and prepared by consultants Promontory Financial about transactions…

Federica Mogherini: Europe must work more closely with its international partners

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Difficult future was ahead of the European Union in its relations with the outside world, therefore the it should increase its involvement in the international community, the bloc’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has stated to EU diplomats. Belgium-based news portal EurActiv reported that in a gathering of ambassadors of the EU in Brussels on Monday, September 3, the bloc’s top diplomat stated that currently the «very idea of multilateralism is…

80% children are happy parents use social networks

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Every fourth child is concerned about their parents using social networks because they are worried parents might put them in an uncomfortable situation. At the same time, 80% are happy their parents use social media, according to results of a study performed by Tele2 and Norstat. Inappropriate commenting of their own children’s and their friends’ posts, sharing fake news, excessive update posting or ‘spamming’ – these are but some of…

Human Rights Committee unanimously supports amendments on president’s open election

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

On Tuesday, 4 September, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee unanimously supported amendments submitted by Latvian Association of Regions to ensure the State President is elected by the parliament through an open vote. Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee has also supported proposed amendments. It is expected that Latvia’s Saeima will decide on conceptual support for amendments 6 September. As previously reported, Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee will try to pull through…

Freestyle skier Sildaru picks up second gold at world championships

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Kelly Sildaru, 16 year old Estonian freestyle skier, has clinched another gold medal at the world championships in New Zealand, her second in the competition and fourth throughout her career. Sildaru, competing at the FIS Junior Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Cardrona, near Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand, had already won a gold in the slopestyle  event, plus a silver in the ‘big air’ event.…

German air force chief: People in Baltics count on us

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

In remarks released on the occasion of the takeover of the NATO Baltic air policing duties by a German contingent, alongside a contingent of the air force of Belgium, commander of the German Air Force Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz said that residents of the Baltic countries count on the German Air Force and NATO protection. “Taking over responsibility for the safety of the Baltic airspace for yet another time, the…

Europe tired of Lithuania

By Kovas Azbis on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Europe is making steps towards Moscow. Business and common sense win. Russian President Vladimir Putin was a guest at the Austrian foreign minister’s wedding, in a move that opposition politicians say undermines the European Union’s position on Moscow. Putin dropped in on Karin Kneissl’s wedding in a remote area of southern Austria, on his way to a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in neighboring Germany later that day. On the…

Members of parliament underpaid by as much as €1,600 per month

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Members of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) have been done out of as much as €1,600 per month, due to a flaw in a law originally brought in during the economic crisis of 2008 onwards, it is reported. According to a report on weekly Eesti Päevaleht, the oversight means that MPs’ salaries are at least €400 less than they should be, and notes that using the earlier salary calculation method, monthly take-home…