Posts published in Day: January 8, 2019

Lithuanian State Defense Council to discuss security situation, intelligence strategies

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Lithuanian National Defense Council is holding a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the security situation and approve long-term operational strategies for intelligence bodies. The council will also discuss an annual report on threats to national security, the president’s press service said. Under the Constitution, the State Defense Council discusses and coordinates key state defense issues. The council is chaired by the president and also includes the prime minister, the speaker…

Office of the Estonian President expenses to decrease in 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Despite the increase in labour expenses accompanying the increase in the cost of living, expenses of the Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia are to decrease by over 7% in 2019. President Kersti Kaljulaid’s own salary, meanwhile, is set to increase this year. The Office of the President’s expenses are to total €4.421 million in 2019, down 7.5% from its 2018 budget of €4.782, it appears from…

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un visits China’s Xi Jinping

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Beijing for an unannounced visit, at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mr Kim will be in China until 10 January with his wife Ri Sol-ju, according to state media reports. The visit comes amid reports that negotiations are under way for a second summit between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump. The two met last June, the first such…

Lithuanian civil servants obligated to report known cases of corruption

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Civil servants in Lithuania are obligated to report known cases of corruption to the Special Investigation Service (STT), prosecutors or other pre-trial investigation bodies under new provisions in the Law on Corruption Prevention in place since January 1. Ruta Kaziliunaite, head of the Corruption Prevention Department at STT, says civil servants must report known cases of corruption if they have indisputable evidence of such activity. This obligation does not apply only…

Not so fast! Kevin Spacey is pulled over for speeding

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Kevin Spacey has been pulled over for speeding in Washington, D.C. just hours after he pleaded not guilty in a Massachusetts courtroom to sexually assaulting a teenager. The Pay It Forward actor was behind the wheel of his SUV, which he drove after landing in his private jet at Dulles International Airport on Monday. He had just returned from a court hearing in Nantucket, where he is facing charges of…

Lithuania to call on EU not to hasten to adopt new budget

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lithuania plans to call on the European Union not to hasten to adopt the new multiannual budget. In preparation for a new round of budget talks, the Lithuanian government on Monday discussed its position before the EU General Affairs Council in meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. The meeting will follow the EU summit in December. Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius says it was agreed then the 2021-2027 budget…

To safeguard democracy, the EU must improve the lives of young people

By Giorgos Koulouris on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

With the advent of the 2008 financial crisis – and particularly in the last few years – the EU has been dealing with the spectre of populism. Imposed austerity measures and an increase in youth unemployment have served only to intensify the threat. Isolated and socially excluded, the continent’s young people have become more vulnerable to the promises of populist politicians. For this reason, I believe the EU should focus…

Euro adoption strengthened Latvia’s independence – Kucinskis

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Euro adoption strengthened Latvia’s independence, said Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) at a conference “Five Years with the Euro” today. He said that euro adoption was another corner stone, strengthening Latvia’s independence and promoting its accession to the group of the economically developed country. “Even though a new government has not been formed year, nobody is predicting any crisis that might threaten Latvia’s economic development and financial system,” Maris…

Women over 50 ‘too old’ to love, French author Yann Moix says

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A French writer is being criticised after saying he would be “incapable” of loving a woman aged 50 or above… despite being 50 himself. Yann Moix told Marie Claire magazine he found women of that age “too old”. “I prefer younger women’s bodies, that’s all. End of. The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary. The body of a woman of 50 is not extraordinary at all,” he said. The…

Automatic rifle gone missing during Siil exercise still not found

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Military Police of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) have concluded their criminal procedure after an AK4 automatic rifle assigned to a reservist that went missing during Siil 2018, the large-scale defence exercise held in Estonia last spring, was not found. According to Meelis Juursoo, assistant prosecutor at the South District Prosecutor’s Office, the Military Police on 17 May 2018 launched a criminal procedure after a service weapon, the weapon’s…