Posts published in Day: January 23, 2019

Facebook interested in Estonian elections

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

International social media and advertising company Facebook has shown interest in Estonian politics and elections. Last December, representatives of the company met with every parliamentary political party in Estonia to discuss the company’s role and opportunities in reducing the dissemination of fake news. “They met with us as well; I was present at that meeting myself,” said Centre Party spokesperson Andre Hanimägi. “The purpose of the meeting was actually very…

Latvian coalition parties sign Kariņš’s government declaration

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

On Wednesday, 23 January, partners of prime minister Krišjāņis Kariņš’s government coalition signed the cooperation agreement, government declaration and fiscal discipline agreement, as confirmed in New Unity’s statement. Leaders of parties and factions signed the documents. Today, the Saeima will meet to decide on approval of a new government with Kariņš at the helm. The government may be approved by 61 Saeima deputies, securing stable majority support, Kariņš previously said.…

Grybauskaite braces for questions about Lithuania’s all-men cabinet in Davos

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

President Dalia Grybauskaite faces unpleasant questions about Lithuania’s all-men Cabinet as she leaves for Davos to discuss, among other issues, women’s leadership. “We are getting inquiries. This is already drawing critical attention. Obviously, this will not be the most pleasant question for me if I have to answer it,” Grybauskaite said in an interview with LRT Radio aired on Wednesday morning. “Women’s leadership in our country declined somewhat in 2018. Unfortunately, the…

Euro adoption has saved EUR 66 mln in five years in service of government debt

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Euro adoption in five years helped Latvia to save EUR 66 mln in service of government debt, Finance Ministry’s representative Ieva Veja said LETA. She said that five years have passed since January 1, 2014, when Latvia adopted the euro. “It was a historic event for Latvia, and its most positive benefits is averted risk of devaluation of the national currency, increase of the state credit rating, further Latvia’s integration…

Turandot costumes stolen on way from Germany to Lithuania

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The costumes meant for Turandot opera performers have been stolen from a truck on its way from Germany to Vilnius, with the premier at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater scheduled for March, informed LETA/BNS. The theater said the costumes were stolen on the night of January 17, near Gutersloh, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The theft might undermine the theater’s plans to perform the opera in early March after the…

Riigikogu defence committee not commenting on defence procurement in future

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Riigikogu’s national defence committee has said it will not be commenting to the media on Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) tenders for arms, following the use of their comments by commercial arms manufacturers in contesting tenders. A large-scale procurement of new firearms was hit with a setback on Thursday after the Ministry of Finance’s extrajudicial Public Procurement Review Committee annulled a decision awarding the contract to US arms manufacturer Lewis…

Cristiano Ronaldo accepts fine and suspended jail sentence for tax fraud in Spain

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A smiling Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a huge fine and suspended jail sentence for tax fraud after a deal with Spanish prosecutors. The Portugal and Juventus star, 33, will pay a total of 18.8million euros (£16.9million) after pleading guilty at a hearing in Madrid this morning. Ronaldo, who went to court with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, also received a 23-month prison sentence but as a first-time offender for a non-violent…

Latvia to maintain troop presence in Afghanistan and Iraq

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Despite US forces’ expected withdrawal from Syria and reduction of their mission in Afghanistan, Latvia’s National Armed Forces will continue its mission in Iraq and Afghanistan where Latvian troops are training local armies, the Defense Ministry told LSM January 22. Last December, the White House had ordered the Pentagon to withdraw US troops from Syria, where the country has a 2,000-strong mission fighting Daesh (or Islamic State) terrorists. The decision of…

What is fate of non-euro EU states after Brexit?

By Pawel Tokarski, Serafina Funk on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Despite the United Kingdom never having adopted the euro, the upcoming Brexit will have consequences for EU monetary integration. The UK’s withdrawal from the EU will heighten fears of marginalisation among the ‘euro-outs’, that is, the eight member states that have not adopted the euro. Britain’s departure from the EU could compel non-euro EU countries to reconsider their ties with the euro area. The eight euro-outs (Bulgaria, Denmark, Croatia, Poland,…

14% of Latvian residents think antisemitism is a problem

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Latvians believe antisemitism is far less of a problem than does the average European Union resident, according to a public opinion survey carried out by Eurobarometer in December 2018. According to the findings of the Perceptions of Antisemitism survey, only 14% of Latvian residents believe antisemitism is “a problem” against 50% across the EU as a whole. Furthermore, only 7% of Latvians think antisemitism has increased over the last 5 years, compared…