Posts published in Day: January 26, 2019

French, German Euroskeptics plot alliance

By Philip Kaleta on Saturday, January 26, 2019

It’s the Treaty of Aachen for Euroskeptics. While Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel pledge greater cooperation and more European integration, the far right in France and Germany are moving toward an alliance of their own. Although France’s National Rally (RN) and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) oppose more power for the EU, they have not been best friends up until now. They belong to different groups in the European Parliament and…

Russian ‘order of battle’ report suggests an elaborate strategy, not just brute force

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Russian Federation’s aggressive stance in Eastern Europe is forcing America and NATO allies to reevaluate their defensive postures. The Russian military may not be comparable to its former Soviet glory, but recent strides made in modernization and clever economy of force stratagems have resulted in a leaner, more cunning Red Bear. Russian ambition has grown in the past decade, showcased by the 2008 invasion of Georgia, the “Little Green Men”…

Facebook ignored kids’ spending problems, internal documents reveal

Saturday, January 26, 2019

A trove of internal documents have revealed how Facebook was concerned children were spending large amounts on in-app payments without parents’ permission – but seemingly chose not to act. Discussions showed the firm decided not to implement certain safeguards as it might affect overall revenues from people paying for games. The documents formed part of a lawsuit that was settled in 2016, after which Facebook agreed to change its practices.…

Tallinn city council decides to reduce no of members to 63

Saturday, January 26, 2019

With 48 votes in favor, the Tallinn city council on Thursday approved a proposal to reduce the number of members of the council of the capital from 79 to 63, according the news portal of public broadcaster ERR information reported LETA/BNS. According to council chairman Mihhail Kolvart, who submitted the proposal, the number of members was increased 10 years ago with the idea that that would enable election coalitions to get…

Latvia, Lithuania recorded the largest increase in guest numbers in EU in 2018

Saturday, January 26, 2019

In 2018, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the European Union (EU) is expected to have reached more than 3.1 billion, up by 2.2% compared with 2017. Since 2009, there has been a steady increase in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU, notably driven by the rise in the nights spent by non-residents of the country visited, reported Eurostat. In…

The unexpected secrets of laughter

Saturday, January 26, 2019

US President Donald Trump was greeted with laughter in September when he told the UN that he had accomplished more than “almost any administration” in his country’s history. Mr Trump admitted that he “didn’t expect” that reaction – but that it was “just fine”. It was one example of the many reasons people laugh – and most of them are not because somebody is being particularly funny. Laughter is primarily a form…

On NATO, Russia should pay attention to lawmakers’ support, not White House wavering

By Erin Dunne on Saturday, January 26, 2019

As President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waver on NATO commitments, the House offers robust support. Russia should pay attention to lawmakers, not the loud voices coming from the White House. Echoing some of Trump’s criticisms of NATO, Pompeo added renewed reasons to doubt that the U.S. would honor its treaty obligations on Wednesday. When asked during an interview with Fox News about U.S. defense of NATO member Montenegro, he responded, “I’m not…