Posts published in Day: April 1, 2019

Nominations open for “Balts’ Award” 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019

The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Lithuania have announce the contest for the second ever Balts’ Award 2019, following the launch of the award last year. “The aim of the Balts’ Award is to recognize the excellence and achievements related to individual contribution and accomplishment in promotion of Latvian-Lithuanian and Lithuanian-Latvian translations, teaching and enhancing the use of Latvian and Lithuanian languages, research on the Latvian and Lithuanian tangible…

Slovak presidential election won by environmental activist Čaputová

Monday, April 1, 2019

In the second round of the Slovak presidential election held over the weekend, layer and environmental activist Zuzana Čaputová has won in a blow to the government of the Central European country. Belgian news portal EurActiv reports that Čaputová won 58.4% of the vote according to a final tally of results released Sunday, compared with 41.6% for her ruling party rival, EU Commission Vice President and energy commissioner Maroš Šefčovič.…

Lithuania’s cumulative direct investment abroad grows to EUR 3.7 b

Monday, April 1, 2019

Lithuanian companies’ cumulative direct investment abroad totaled 3.7 bn euros in late 2018, up 19% compared with a year ago, based on provisional data, informed Bank of Lithuania and Statistics Lithuania. Some 89.8% of Lithuania’s overall direct investment was in EU member states and 65.5% in eurozone countries alone. The largest investment flows were to Sweden (347.5 mln euros), Ireland (148.6 mln euros) and Poland (107.7 mln euros). Lithuanian investors’ direct…

NYPD investigating Porzingis for possible rape

Monday, April 1, 2019

According to a report from the NY Post, hours after suffering a devastating knee injury at Madison Square Garden last year, former Knicks star, Latvian center/forward Kristaps Porzingis, came home and allegedly raped a neighbor he’d invited to his luxe Manhattan penthouse, the woman told police, according to law enforcement sources. The woman made her stunning allegation against the 23-year-old player on Thursday afternoon — and investigators consider her credible,…

Turkey local elections: Setback for Erdogan as his party loses capital

Monday, April 1, 2019

The party of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lost control of the capital, Ankara, in local elections in what is being seen as a setback to his 16 years in power. But both his AKP and the opposition claimed to have won the mayoralty of the largest city, Istanbul. Nationally, the president’s AKP-led alliance has won more than 51% of the vote in the municipal elections. “If there are…

What direct democracy could look like in Estonia

By Dario Cavegn on Monday, April 1, 2019

While EKRE chairman Mart Helme thinks that throwing out the Registered Partnership Act will be easy once the right to a popular referendum is in place, things aren’t quite as easy as that. In fact, at this point, there has been no talk at all about the formidable legal project that direct democracy really is. Here is an idea what it could look like in practice in Estonia. There are…

Baltic, Nordic, Visegrad formins to meet in Palanga to discuss security

Monday, April 1, 2019

The foreign ministers of the Baltic, Nordic and Visegrad countries are meeting in Lithuania’s western resort town of Palanga for their annual meeting on Monday. The ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary will discuss the security situation, international tendencies and challenges, Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The working lunch will focus on the European agenda. It’s the seventh…

New Japan era name echoes PM Abe’s national pride agenda

Monday, April 1, 2019

Japan on Monday unveiled a new name for the imperial era that begins on May 1, drawing from an ancient Japanese text for the first time, echoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative agenda that aims to bolster national pride. The name “Reiwa” for the new era when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor, comes from two Chinese characters, the first meaning “good” or “beautiful” as well as “order” or “command” and…

UK petition to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit passes 6m signatures

Monday, April 1, 2019

More than a day after the UK was originally scheduled to leave the EU, the petition asking the government to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit passed six million signatures on Sunday. The petition was submitted by retired lecturer Margaret Anne Georgiadou on March 20. More than 100,000 people signed it in the first two hours of it being online and it passed the five million mark last Sunday. Georgiadou…

Number of deaths in workplace accidents in Latvia twice as high as in EU

Monday, April 1, 2019

In Latvia, the number of fatalities resulting from workplace accidents is twice as high as the European Union’s average figure, Renars Lusis, head of the State Labor Inspectorate, said at the launch of a work safety campaign Thursday. In 2018, the number of deaths in occupational accidents rose by 20 percent from a year before, Lusis said, adding that this is a trend Latvia should be worried about. Analysis of…