Posts published in Day: September 12, 2018

Juncker: 10,000 more border guards should be sent to protect EU borders

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

European Union has plans to send 10,000 more border guards to combat illegal immigration, said Chairman of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said in his speech regarding the state of EU. As reported by BBC, Juncker, who will remain in charge of the European Commission for twelve whole months, has proposed expanding the capacity of the European Union’s border security. Currently Europe’s borders are protected by Frontex, which has around…

Will residents see «KGB records» before elections? Saeima supports publication of KGB papers in 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

On Wednesday, 12 September, Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee supported in the second reading publication of KGB archive documents on the internet in 2018. Publication will also include KGB agents’ telephone books, which contain information about in-house and freelance agents. All materials will be published on the website of Latvia’s National Archive. Publication of other KGB documents will follow after 1 May 2019. Constitution Protection Bureau’s Centre for…

Lithuania violates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Adomas Abromaitis on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

DELFI, which is the major Internet portal in the Baltic States providing daily news, stated on 10 September that the number of emigrants from Lithuania exceeds that of immigrants by 1,000 in August, writes Adomas Abromaitis. Shocking statistics shows that the country has registered a negative migration balance. Some 4,382 people left Lithuania in August. Thus, Lithuanians are leaving the country despite authorities’ claims on economic growth, stability and favorable perspectives. On…

Nazi Collaborator or National Hero? A Test for Lithuania

By Andrew Higgins on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

For the tiny village of Sukioniai in western Lithuania, the exploits of General Storm, a local anti-Communist hero executed by the Soviet secret police in 1947, have long been a source of pride. The village school is named after him, and his struggles against the Soviet Union are also honored with a memorial carved from stone next to the farm where he was born. All along, though, there have been…

European Parliament votes to trigger Article 7 sanctions procedure against Hungary

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to start an EU punitive procedure against Hungary for flouting democratic rules. Voting 448 in favour, 197 against and 48 abstentions, the motion passed in the Strasbourg plenary session. It marks the first time the European legislature has ever triggered the so-called Article 7 procedure against an EU member state. The same procedure was launched by the European Commission against Poland in December 2017.…

Luik: No cyberattack against NATO has yet constituted act of war

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

No cyberattack against NATO has constituted an act of war yet, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria) said in an interview with online portal Fifth Domain published on Tuesday. Leaders of NATO member states agreed in 2014 that a cyberattack may unleash Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty setting out the fundamental principle of collective defence. Fifth Domain asked Luik during his recent visit to Washington whether any…

Plane makes emergency landing in Vilnius as passenger dies

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Boeing 757 plane made an emergency landing in Vilnius on Tuesday after a male passenger died aboard the aircraft. The Boeing 757 landed in Vilnius Airport at 3:23 p.m., Marius Zelenius, head of communications at Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), told. It was met by an emergency medical crew, but the man was already dead. The plane of Privilege Style, a Spanish charter airline, was on its way from Zaragoza to St. Petersburg in Russia.…

Lithuanian driving license to be valid in Japan, US, New Zealand, Thailand

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Holders of Lithuanian driving licenses will be free to drive cars in more than 50 countries after the Seimas ratifies an international convention, Transport Minister Rokas Masiulis said on Tuesday. Masiulis said the ratification of the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic would make it easier for Lithuanians to travel in Japan, the United States, New Zealand, Thailand and other countries. “For example, we have worked for years with Japan to ensure that our…