Posts published in Day: January 25, 2019

Ukraine sentences ex-president Yanukovych for treason

Friday, January 25, 2019

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for inviting Russian troops in the wake of the Euromaidan upraising in 2013-2014. German broadcaster DW reported that on Thursday, January 24, a Ukrainian court made the sentence in the trial that commenced in 2017, where the public prosecutor had requested up to 15 years. The charges of high treason stemmed from a letter containing the ex-president’s request…

Lithuanian president: No-deal Brexit better than ‘chaos’ of delay

Friday, January 25, 2019

The more uncertainty continues, the worse it will be for both sides, said Dalia Grybauskaitė. The “chaos” of delaying Brexit could be worse than a no-deal scenario, according to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who predicted that the EU would negotiate mini-deals to mitigate the worst outcomes. Speaking to Euronews on the fringes of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Grybauskaitė said that prolonging the uncertainty created by the current situation was damaging…

More Lithuanians discover ecoleisure pleasures

Friday, January 25, 2019

Are you fond of bird-watching, bird chirruping and tweeting? Does seeing a deer or a moose on the outskirts of a forest on your trip to hinterlands make your day? If you say that nature is too dormant to see anything alive on a crispy winter day, you are terribly wrong. Ice-fishing fans, wildlife spotters and skiing zealots will prove you just the opposite: Mother Nature is teeming with life…

Adolf Hitler paintings: Berlin police seize ‘fake’ works at auction

Friday, January 25, 2019

Three watercolour paintings attributed to the former Nazi leader Adolf Hitler have been seized by German police. The works were up for sale at the Kloss auction house in Berlin, but taken on suspicions of forgery, police say. The separate works depict a mountain scene, a river and a distant figure sitting beneath a tree. They were created in the early 20th Century while Hitler, later guilty of some of…

Latvia’s foreign policy will remain strongly on Western geo-political course – Karins

Friday, January 25, 2019

During today’s foreign policy debates at Saeima, newly elected Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said that Latvia’s foreign policy will remain strongly on a Western geo-political course. The prime minister said that the foreign policy priorities mentioned by Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics are supported by the whole government. He said that Latvia’s Western course is based on common values with allies – democracy, rule of law and human rights.…

Queen makes plea for Britons to find ‘common ground’

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Queen has urged people to find “common ground” and to respect “different points of view”. Commentators say the remarks will be seen as referring to the Brexit debate, with MPs due to vote on the PM’s deal for leaving the EU again next week. MPs rejected the deal last week but the UK will leave on 29 March with no deal unless they can agree on a way forward.…

Skopje ready for NATO membership, PM tells Alliance’s boss

Friday, January 25, 2019

Zoran Zaev, Macedonia’s Prime Minister, told Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary-General, his country was completely ready to join the Alliance, the Beta news agency. The two met at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos and confirmed Skopje’s commitment to the NATO membership and the Alliance’s encouragement for the move. “Our country is ready for that significant step as one of Macedonia’s highest priorities at the international scene…

China First, EU Next? Donald Trump Faces New Major Trade War as Europe Threatens $23 Billion in Tariffs

Friday, January 25, 2019

Following a threat by U.S. President Donald Trump to slam taxes on cars and auto spares imported from the 28-member European Union, the EU has threatened a 23 billion dollar tariff spike on the United States. Speaking in Brussels to the European Parliament, the director-general for trade within the EEA, Jean-Luc Demarty, said that if Trump goes back on the trade agreement on tariffs agreed in July, the Commission would strike back. In a…

EU approves EUR 323 million for 1st stage of Baltic power grids’ synchronization

Friday, January 25, 2019

The European Union is allocating EUR 323 million for the first stage of the Baltic power grids’ synchronization with the continental European system, covering around 75 percent of the total estimated cost of EUR 432.5 million, the European Commission announced. The EUR 323 million funding, which is the amount sought by the three countries, will be provided under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Some EUR 125 million will go to…

LRTK recommends to not expand restricted information list

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) has recommended to not change the public information law and not expand the list of restricted information. According to it, current regulations are sufficient in order to rapidly respond to the dissemination of information hostile to the country, lrt.lt writes. Passing the 2109 budget will be the first job for the new finance minister, Reirs said. If all goes well, the budget could…