Posts published in March 2019

Trump’s acting defense secretary under ethics probe over Boeing ties

Thursday, March 21, 2019

An investigation has been launched to determine whether acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan violated ethics rules by promoting products made by his former employer, Boeing, while serving in his current role at the Pentagon, the Defense Department’s inspector general announced Wednesday. Shanahan, who worked at Boeing for more than 30 years prior to taking a job at the Pentagon, has faced accusations of being overly warm toward the company and…

US Air Force deploys B-52 bombers to Europe in message to Russia

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The US Air Force recently deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe for “theater integration and flying training” exercises with regional allies and NATO partners — a move viewed as sending a strong message to Russia, which is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its military annexation of Crimea. A bomber task force of B-52 Stratofortresses, airmen and support equipment from the 2nd Bomb Wing based out of Barksdale Air Force…

Lithuanian and U.S. air capabilities exercised together in Kazlų Rūda Training Area

Thursday, March 21, 2019

On March 20 the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the 2nd Bomb Wing of the U.S. Air Force trained together in an exercise at the Lithuanian Armed Forces Brigadier General Kazys Veverskis Training Area in Kazlų Rūda where aviation firing range is suitable for aircraft to deliver fire at ground-based targets. It was also the first time digital battle control systems were used. “The United States is our strategic partner and…

Brexit extension: Theresa May won’t as for more than 50 days

Thursday, March 21, 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants only a short Brexit term extension that will not exceed 50 days, as reported by The Guardian. The prime minister hopes that after a near three-month-long period after the previous deadline – 29 March – it will be possible to reach an agreement on the deal for Britain’s exit from the European Union. The Guardian was told by one of May’s associates in the…

Allowance for people suffering from serious disability to be increased by EUR 100 in Latvia

Thursday, March 21, 2019

From 1 July the Latvian government plans to increase the allowance for children and adults who require special care and who suffer from serious health problems from childhood. This is provided by amendments to the Law on State Social Allowances conceptually supported on Wednesday, 20 March. It is planned that the allowance will reach EUR 313.43 instead of EUR 213.43 starting from 1 July 2019. Considering the need for the…

European Defence Fund on track with €525 million for Eurodrone and other joint research and industrial projects

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Commission has adopted work programmes to co-finance joint defence industrial projects in 2019-2020 worth up to €500 million. A further €25 million have been earmarked to support collaborative defence research projects in 2019, with calls for proposals launched yesterday. The Juncker Commission is making an unprecedented effort to protect and defend Europeans. From 2021, a fully-fledged European Defence Fund will foster an innovative and competitive defence industrial base and…

Teachers’ protest in Riga gathers 2,000 people

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The protest act organized by Latvian teachers outside the Saeima building in Riga gathered approximately 2,000 people, according to Latvian public media. According to local media, at first there were about 1,000 people participating. Around 10:00, however, their numbers had doubled. Protesters held in their hands posters and balloons, demanding respect for their profession and higher wages from the government. At the end of the protest act those balloons were…

Latvian minister: we should work with convicts, not isolate them

Thursday, March 21, 2019

People who are currently isolated from society in prisons should not be kept isolated – they should be allowed to re-socialize, said Latvian Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns at a press-conference about the study on former inmates’ abilities to re-socialize. The board chairman of the company responsible for the study – SIA Comperio – Gunta Misāne explained that the study came to the conclusion that 63% of Latvian residents are acquainted…

Chinese investments in the Baltic Sea region

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Chinese investment activities in the Baltic Sea region have seen an increase over recent years. This corresponds well with the overall growth in Chinese investment in Europe over the past decade, a trend fueled at least in part by growing restrictions imposed in the United States under the Donald Trump administration. Despite this uptick, the Baltic Sea region does not rank among the prime destinations of Chinese FDI in Europe.…

Lithuania’s running out of possibilities to buy power from Belarus, part speaker says

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lithuania will have neither technical nor political possibilities to buy power from Belarus, even if Minsk agreed with the Lithuanian prime minister’s recent proposal to convert the nearly-complete Astravyets nuclear power plant into a gas-fueled station, Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis believes, refraining to comment on the prime minister’s proposal in detail, reported LETA/BNS. “We are synchronizing with the European continental networks and all lines are in the…