Posts published in Day: December 7, 2018

A growing number of Balts are struggling with debt despite the growing economy

Friday, December 7, 2018

In the wake of a long period of economic growth, savings have gone up – but so has indebtedness. A growing number of people are struggling: every fifth European needs to borrow in order to pay bills. That group has increased from 15% three years ago to 20% this year. In the Baltics, the situation differs from country to country. Every third Latvian has borrowed money to pay bills. In…

Meghan Markle is ‘reading up on hypnobirthing and could have baby at home’

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, is said to want hypnobirthing at home instead of the ultra fancy Lido Wing that Kate Middleton opted for. Meghan Markle is said to be swotting up on ‘hypnobirthing’ and may even have the child at home. The pregnant Duchess, 37, is believed to be about five months pregnant with her first child. It is not thought she will be having the baby at the…

PM warns of crisis if parliament fails to approve state budget

Friday, December 7, 2018

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has warned on Thursday the country would face crisis if the Parliament fails to approve the State budget on time. With five days left to the final approval of the Lithuania’s State budget at the country’s parliament, Skvernelis has warned that the country’s working class would suffer the most if the lawmakers fail to approve the budget that also includes major tax and social reforms.…

Latvia rejects UN Migration Pact and deals another blow to pro-migration forces

Friday, December 7, 2018

On 6 December, the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) has voted to reject the signing of the United Nations Global Compact for Migration. The debate was lengthy but Saeima, having been given autonomy over the decision in the cabinet, voted 43 to 31 to reject signing the Compact. Latvia, like the US, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Switzerland, has rejected signing and objected the document. Estonia and Lithuania will both not…

Terrorist content must be taken down within one hour

Friday, December 7, 2018

Even though terrorism threat level remains low in Estonia, terrorist propaganda posts have made their way onto Estonian sites. To combat this kind of content, the European Commission wants to pass regulation that would order administrators to remove potentially dangerous posts within one hour. Estonia voiced support for the initiative last week. The Ministry of Internal Affairs finds that the regulation is sorely needed in Europe as recent studies suggest…

Zuokas to run for Vilnius city mayor

Friday, December 7, 2018

Former Vilnius city mayor, Lithuanian Freedom Union leader Artūras Zuokas has decided to run for city mayor once again, according to a post on his Facebook profile. “I decided because I live Vilnius every day – a city that we all created, to which we returned optimism and where every Vilnius resident enjoys living. This is because to work for Vilnius and the people of Vilnius has always been a…

Denmark is important Latvia’s partner in defense and regional security – Vejonis

Friday, December 7, 2018

Denmark is important Latvia’s partneri n defense and regional security, said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis during the official visit of Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary to Latvia. As the President’s Chancellery reported, Denmark played a significant role, providing support to the restored Latvia in the early 1990s. Therefore the official visit of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark is a special events. The…

R. Lopata: it could appear that we have become a presidential republic

Friday, December 7, 2018

Lithuanian foreign policy is weakened by the fact that all the powers of its formation and implementation are focused in one location – the institution of the president, while its other centres – the cabinet and Seimas are passive, political scientist Raimundas Lopata tells lrt.lt. “Lithuania is a unique country, whose prime ministers do not go to Brussels. It could appear to some that Lithuania has become a presidential republic,”…

Strengthening of anti-air defense capabilities in Baltics also discussed during meeting of NATO foreign ministers – Rinkevics

Friday, December 7, 2018

During this week’s meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, also discussed was the strengthening of the alliance’s defense capabilities, including anti-air defense in the Baltics and critical infrastructure in case NATO reinforcements are need in the Baltic region, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics told LETA. He said that these matters were discussed in relation with the decisions which were made at this year’s NATO Summit. However, the foreign minister refrained…

Pamela Anderson attacks Italy’s Minister Salvini as she warns of fascism

Friday, December 7, 2018

Former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson has attacked Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and warned that the country is ‘sliding towards fascism. On Twitter the actress warned that Italy’s ‘anti-migration sentiment’ and France’s yellow vest protests are European problems. “Italy is a beautiful country and I love it so much, from its food to its fashion, from its history to its arts, but I am very worried about the current trends…