Posts published in Day: October 15, 2018

Putin highlights respect for each other’s interests in relations with Estonia

Monday, October 15, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the premise for constructive relations between Estonia and Russia is respect for each other’s interests. “We are ready for constructive engagement with our neighbor, the Republic of Estonia, based on respect and consideration for each other’s interests,” the Russian head of state said in a speech that he made at a ceremony held on Thursday for accepting credentials from foreign ambassadors. “Many of our compatriots live in Estonia, and we assume that the European human rights standards will…

Brexit talks stall before midweek EU summit

Monday, October 15, 2018

The stubborn problem of Britain’s land border with Ireland thwarted a drive to clinch a Brexit deal before a European Union summit this week, as negotiators admitted defeat after marathon talks and pressed pause for the coming days. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said after meeting British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab that they could still not bridge a gap between his “backstop” demands that Northern Ireland stay in the EU’s economic…

France weather: Red alert as flash floods kill six in south-west

Monday, October 15, 2018

At least six people have been killed by flash floods in the Aude region of south-western France. Local authorities say several months’ worth of rain fell in just a few hours overnight, leaving roads blocked in some areas. One woman was swept away by the River Aude, local broadcaster BFMTV reports. Alain Thirion, the prefect of Aude, said people were stranded on rooftops and would have to be evacuated by…

Merkel’s partners lose historic majority in Bavaria state election

Monday, October 15, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s partner party suffered their worst election result since 1950, losing votes to the far-right and the ecologist Greens. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reported citing the preliminary results of the Sunday, October 14, vote the Christian Social Union (CSU) won 37.3% of the vote, losing its absolute majority for only the second time since 1962. This is a result that is expected to make CSU an even…

Election joke

Monday, October 15, 2018

“Daddy,” a little girl asked her father, “do all fairy tales begin with ‘Once upon a time’? ” “No, sweetheart,” he answered. “Some begin with ‘If I am elected.'”

Expert: there are no reasons to believe Latvia could change its Euro-Atlantic direction

Monday, October 15, 2018

There are no reasons for concerns that Latvia’s new government may change the country’s Euro-Atlantic direction. Nevertheless, the question how Latvia positions itself in the Euro-Atlantic community will remain topical, says director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs Andris Sprūds. He believes Latvia has stabilized sufficiently. He believes the recent elections did not turn out decisive in relation to the possible change of the foreign policy course. At the…

Why Estonia’s contributions in Africa continue to make sense

Monday, October 15, 2018

Foreign news editor at daily Postimees, Martin Kutti writes in a comment for his paper why Estonia should continue to contribute to international efforts in Africa’s Sahel zone. Kutti accompanied Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras to Mali earlier in October. In his opinion piece for Postimees (link in Estonian), Kutti calls the Sahel “one of the world’s forgotten corners” and describes…

Britain’s royal newly-weds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a baby

Monday, October 15, 2018

Britain’s royal newly-weds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a baby, Kensington Palace has announced. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the statement read. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and…

Putin-linked oligarch’s plane lands in Vilnius

Monday, October 15, 2018

A plane belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch having close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, landed in Vilnius on Thursday, the 15min.lt news website reports. Prigozhin is often called “Putin’s chef” and the funder of the Saint Petersburg-based “Troll Factory”. Speaking with the news website, two separate sources have confirmed the fact that his plane M-Vito landed in Vilnius. Contacted by BNS Lithuania, Marius Zelenius, spokesman for state-run…

German soldier farewelled in Rukla after dying in training accident in Lithuania

Monday, October 15, 2018

A German soldier who died during a training accident last weekend has been farewelled at a ceremony in Rukla, a town in central Lithuania where the German-led NATO battalion is based, the military said. The battalion’s troops lined up on both sides of the road to pay their final respects to the dead soldier as his body was transported in a German armored personnel carrier to Kaunas Airport to be…