Posts published in Day: March 5, 2019

Macron Unveils Plan for ‘European Renaissance’ Ahead of EU Vote

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron has made an impassioned defense of a new Europe in a newspaper column published in each of the 28 member states in which he laid out his ideas for a “European renaissance” ahead of EU elections in May. Calling the vote decisive and warning of a Europe in danger, his words are intended as a wake-up call for the bloc as he seeks to push fundamental…

Lithuania will mark the Day of Re-establishment of Lithuania’s Independence

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

This year, Lithuania will mark the 29th anniversary of the re-establishment of its independence, commemorating the adoption of the Act on the Re-establishment of the State of Lithuania by the Supreme Council – Reconstituent Seimas on 11 March 1990. On this occasion, a lot of festive events will take place in the Seimas and throughout the country to celebrate Lithuania’ liberation from the Soviet occupation, recall the success of the…

Latvian minister puts on hold e-health system’s third stage

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele has decided to put on hold commencement of the third stage of e-health system to instead clarify planned activities, organize priorities and give more time to Healthcare Ministry and National Health System, so that they are able to meet with e-health users’ representatives and discuss planned activities with them, as confirmed by Viņķele’s advisor Edgars Skvariks. Viņķele said she wants to receive clear information about recent…

European Car of the Year 2019: Jaguar’s all-electric I-Pace model wins prestigious prize

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Jaguar has today scooped the prestigious European Car of the Year award. The British manufacturer’s first all-electric car — called the I-Pace — was crowned Europe’s best ahead of this week’s Geneva International Motor Show. It triumphed over six other finalists including the Ford Focus, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and the Peugeot 508. Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar, said: “This is a great honour, not only because it’s an…

At Germany’s last nuclear base, fears of a new arms race as US-Russia treaty collapses

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The home Elke Koller chose for her retirement has horse pastures and bird song, a tranquil garden where her grandchildren love to play and views that stretch for miles across the green hills of western Germany’s Eifel region. It is also close enough to a stash of nuclear weapons at a joint U.S.-German base that should they detonate, she would be vaporized within seconds. “It’s so nice here. I didn’t…

Latvia links to massive new money-laundering investigation

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A new report by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) lays bare yet another multi-million dollar money laundering operation involving Russian money. Dubbed The Troika Laundromat, OCCRP describes the operation as “a unique new Laundromat, created by a prestigious financial institution. This time, the work shows not only its beneficiaries but also exposes its mastermind and operator — Troika Dialog, once Russia’s largest private investment bank. “The scheme was…

Lithuania to invest EUR 8 mln in small-scale green energy

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

As part of a renewable energy cooperation deal, Lithuania is a transferring a share of renewable energy statistics to Luxembourg for over 8 mln euros, with the money to be invested in small-scale green energy, promotion of renewable energy communities and scientific research. “Luxembourg and Lithuania were the first EU member states to have signed such an agreement,” Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas said in a press release on Monday. “Now we are…

Record-breaking 29 women elected to Riigikogu

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A total of 29 women across five political parties were elected to the 101-seat Riigikogu on Sunday, the highest number yet since the 1992 elections. In 2015, 24 women were elected to the XIII Riigikogu, but as of last June, following a number of substitutions, the number of women had grown likewise to 29. Of the 34 candidates from the winning Reform Party to be elected this year, 11 are…

Czech soldier injured in Lithuania during NATO exercise

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

According to the BNS report, a Czech soldier injured during NATO exercise in Lithuania. According to the local Police Department, an incident happened at the Gaižiūnai training area in the Jonava district at about 10 o’clock. A soldier from the Czech Republic, born in 1990, was injured in a hand grenade explosion. She was hospitalized with injuries to her leg and both hands to the hospital in Kaunas. Unfortunately, the…

Trump says he didn’t discuss ‘war games’ with N. Korea amid concern about military readiness

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

President Donald Trump denied that the order to cancel war games with South Korea was a concession offered during nuclear talks with the North, saying he “made that decision long ago” to save money. He was reacting Monday to criticism that the decision fulfilled a longtime demand by the North, which hates the exercises, while getting little in return after last week’s second summit between Trump and North Korean leader…