Posts published in Day: April 19, 2019

Lithuanian presidential debate: defence and security

Friday, April 19, 2019

The nine candidates vying for the Lithuanian presidency met in a second televised debate to discuss national security and defence. Trump, EU defence force and the Estonian president’s meeting with Putin were some of the topics that came up Thursday night. Who are the candidates? Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis. European commissioner for food and health safety, member of the Social Democratic Party Arvydas Juozaitis. Philosopher, author, former vice-president of the National…

Fostering defence innovation through the European Defence Fund

Friday, April 19, 2019

The European Parliament on Thursday adopted the partial agreement on the EU Defence Fund for 2021-2027, aiming for a more ‘European’ approach to defence. 328 MEPs voted in favour of the partial deal with EU ministers, with 231 against, and 19 abstaining. The EU Defence Fund will foster technological innovation and cooperation in the European defence sector and aims to place the EU among the top four defence research and…

Lithuanian woman faces charges after giving birth to ‘drunk’ baby

Friday, April 19, 2019

A 35-year-old woman in Lithuania is facing charges after giving birth to a baby girl with enough alcohol in its system to seriously affect its health. The mother, who doctors say was intoxicated during the birth, had been drinking at home but she was unable to tell them how much she had drunk. Neonatologist Natalia Grigorieva said that the baby girl weighed in at 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) and looked…

Journalist killed in ‘terrorist’ shooting in Northern Ireland (Video)

Friday, April 19, 2019

A murder investigation has been launched after a young journalist was shot dead following a night of rioting in Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Police are describing it as a “terrorist incident” that happened amid “orchestrated violence”. The dead woman has been named as 29-year-old Lyra McKee, who lived in the city and had gone to observe the disturbances. Giving details of what happened, Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Mark Hamilton called…

After Moscow visit, Lithuania calls on Estonia to coordinate actions

Friday, April 19, 2019

Speaking the day after Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius called on Estonia to coordinate actions and be cautious about dialogue with Moscow. “It’s always more effective when we usually coordinate things and act in a more united way /…/ as there will always be attempts to divide us and test the unity of European countries…

Ukraine candidates: Experience vs image

Friday, April 19, 2019

Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday will pit image against experience, with polls suggesting TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy heading for an overwhelming victory against President Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko has held the office for nearly five years — while Zelenskiy has played the role on television for more than three. A look at the two contenders to lead Ukraine’s 42 million people: VOLODYMYR ZELENSKIY Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old comic actor, is best known…

Every day hens in Latvia produce an egg for every resident

Friday, April 19, 2019

The number of laying hens in Latvia, when compared to 2017, had increased 19.2% in 2018, reaching 3 million, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. Compared to the previous year, the total number of domestic birds has increased 9.3%, reaching 5.4 million, which is the largest index since 1992. Opposite to the increase of the number of laying hens in Latvia, the number of produced eggs…

Smashed memorial plaque to Noreika to be restored in Vilnius

Friday, April 19, 2019

A controversial memorial plaque to Jonas Noreika, a Lithuanian military officer known as Generolas Vetra (General Storm), in central Vilnius is set to be restored after being smashed with a sledge hammer last week. It was vandalized by Stanislovas Tomas who made an unsuccessful bid to run for the European Parliament. Aleksandras Zubriakovas, spokesman for Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Smasius, told BNS Lithuania on Thursday Grinda, a municipal enterprise, has been…

I think I have a good chance of being appointed president – Levits

Friday, April 19, 2019

In an interview with the LNT television channel this morning, presidential candidate Egils Levits, who currently serves as a judge on the EU Court of Justice, said that he believes he has a good chance of being appointed president by Saeima. He said that if politicians are being honest, he has majority support in parliament. As an additional factor in his favor, Levits mentioned the fact that this will be…

Russia poses no threat to Baltic neighbors

Friday, April 19, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid that the Baltic countries’ fears of a threat supposedly emanating from Russia are baseless, according to Kremlin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov. “You’ve mentioned NATO, Estonia’s and several other Baltic countries’ fears over security. We are convinced that they are absolutely groundless. They are being skillfully stoked by NATO’s military chiefs and politicians from across the ocean,” the…