Posts published in Day: March 15, 2019

US Ramstein air base stirs controversy in Germany

Friday, March 15, 2019

The US military’s Ramstein air base is a frequent source of criticism for the German government, especially when it comes to the operation of weaponized drones. Now the issue has gone to court. Command, click, kill? Weaponized drones are highly controversial in Germany. Two cases involving fatal drone attacks carried out by the United States are being brought before Germany’s Higher Administrative Court in Münster. Three Yemenis have taken legal action against…

Mercedes-Benz introduced a new Class B module to Lithuania

Friday, March 15, 2019

Designers have tried – the Mercedes-Benz Class B model is looking the world over the monotone world. The larger wheelchair (2 729 mm), the lower end of the roof line and 19 inch diameter wheels, gives a vivid picture of it. Because of airborne efficiency, the Class B model is not alone. It has an air protection co-ordination 0.24, which is equivalent to sports models. Special headlights are a distinctive…

Recent changes shake up Lithuania’s gas market

Friday, March 15, 2019

After the obligation for regulated energy producers to buy gas from Litgas was lifted early this year, around 3 TWh of gas will enter the free market over the next year, increasing the gas market and exchange’s liquidity, Lithuanian natural gas transmission system operator Amber Grid says LETA. Giedre Kurme, CEO at GET Baltic, the Baltic natural gas exchange, says such changes have led to positive results. “The number of active exchange participants…

US Senate Rejects Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Friday, March 15, 2019

The U.S. Congress on Thursday formally rejected President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund border wall construction, as the Senate voted 59 to 41 to disapprove the executive action, weeks after the House of Representatives did the same. Twelve Senate Republicans joined a unified Democratic caucus to pass the disapproval measure in the Republican-led chamber, defying the White House and ignoring a presidential veto threat. “This is not a…

Saeima lowers minimum hunting age to 16

Friday, March 15, 2019

Saeima in a final reading March 14 adopted legislative amendments lowering the minimum age for underage hunters who may use firearms during hunting to 16 years. A proposal by Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV LV) that young hunters must have a hunter’s license issued by the State Forest Service and a permit from the State Police, was approved by the committee. Once the amendment comes into force, individuals who are…

Latvian football team gets a new coach

Friday, March 15, 2019

The new trainer of Latvia’s national soccer team was officially announced March 13. A press conference of the Latvian Football Federation (LFF) introduced Slovenian Slaviša Stojanovič as the man who will attempt to get Latvia into the 2020 European Championship finals. “It is nice to be back in Rīga,” said Stojanovič, who previously had a spell as coach of the Rīga team in 2017, “It’s a really big honor to…

U.S. sees Turkey’s Russian missile deal as national security problem for NATO

Friday, March 15, 2019

Turkey’s pending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system presents a national security problem for NATO, which would not be able to deploy F-35 aircraft alongside the Russian systems, senior U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials, who briefed a group of reporters on condition of anonymity, said Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 system was not tantamount to it withdrawing from NATO, but that Ankara’s purchase should be viewed…

Access to official secret to be provided to CEC chairman in Latvia

Friday, March 15, 2019

On Thursday, 14 March, Saeima deputies supported amendments to the Law on Official Secrets in the second reading. Changes to the law provide access to official secrets to the chairman of the Central Election Commission, as reported by Saeima’s press-service. The goal of approved amendments is providing the chairman of CEC with full information during preparation and management of elections, providing supervision of possible risks and threats that could potentially…

Forty killed, more than 20 injured in New Zealand mosque shootings

Friday, March 15, 2019

Forty people were killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch on Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. Ardern said New Zealand had been placed on its highest security threat level. She said four people in police custody held extremist views, but had not been on any police watchlists.

Estonian PM: Brussels doesn’t determine governing alliances

Friday, March 15, 2019

Commenting on an e-mail sent to him by Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group (ALDE) in the European Parliament, leader of the Center Party and outgoing prime minister of Estonia Juri Ratas said that the government coalitions of EU member states are not determined in Brussels, informed LETA./BNS. “It’s not Brussels that determines coalitions, the division of power is determined by the…