Posts published in May 2019

Relations with Russia must primarily be formed in context with EU foreign policy – Levits

Friday, May 31, 2019

In an interview on Latvian Television this morning, President-elect Egils Levits said that Latvia must form good relations with Russia, but that these relations must primarily be formed in context with EU foreign policy. He said that good relations must always be formed with neighbors, but added that this is a two-way street. ”Our side has this good will, we have always had and always will have,” Levits said. However,…

Dainis Turlais elected Mayor of Riga after nine hour-long discussions

Friday, May 31, 2019

On Thursday, 30 May, members of Riga City Council elected Dainis Turlais from Honour to Serve Riga (HSR) political party as Mayor of Riga. No other candidate was proposed. Turlais was picked by the previous mayor – Nils Ušakovs. 32 deputies of the ruling coalition voted in favour of Turlais, whereas 23 opposition deputies decided to not participate in the vote. «It was far easier for me to do my…

More than 750,000 EU citizens apply to stay in UK after Brexit

Friday, May 31, 2019

More than 750,000 European Union citizens have applied to remain living in Britain after it leaves the bloc, interior minister Sajid Javid said on Thursday. The issue of what would happen to the more than 3 million EU nationals living in Britain was one of the first to be tackled in divorce talks with the bloc. Britain has said EU citizens have until at least Dec. 31, 2020 to apply…

Increasing the number of conscripts hits a glass ceiling

By Martin Herem on Friday, May 31, 2019

Interview with defense forces commander Major General Martin Herem. You should be happy – the defense sector is the only one to avoid the government’s financing cuts. However, the armed forces will not have enough money to buy anything new starting from 2026. Unless the share of GDP will be increased, all development will stop and your successor will be a mere administrator. Doesn’t it make you worry? No. I…

“Men Fashion Week” kicked off in Vilnius

Friday, May 31, 2019

On Thursday at the shopping mall, “Panorama” people were gathering to see the latest trends of men fashion. During the “Men Fashion Week” Lithuanian and foreign designers showed their clothing art on the stage. Designers such as Airida Skrick (LT), Upcycled by LT X THOM BARA (LT), Smooth Confess (LT), Antonio Grassi (IT), Silvia Barcucci (IT), Giulia Casaro (IT), HILI ARI (ISR), and Maoz Nvr (ISR) showed what they had…

Skvernelis to remain Prime Minister

Friday, May 31, 2019

Saulius Skvernelis will remain Lithuania’s prime minister under the coalition memorandum signed by the leaders of three political parties in Lithuania, and the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania will nominate a new Seimas speaker. “It’s been agreed that Saulius Skvernelis remains prime minister, and the position of the Seimas speaker belongs to the Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania,” Ramunas Karbauskis, leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union,…

Ukraine’s parliament keeps Groysman’s government alive

Friday, May 31, 2019

Ukraine’s parliament has refused to accept the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister Volodiymyr Groysman, who wished to step down after Ukraine’s new President urged the government to be sacked. Russian state news agency TASS reports that the vote took place on Thursday, May 30, with 97 MPs voting in favour the resignation, not reaching the minimal necessary number of 226. Groysman stated before the vote that he will accept…

Latvian Saeima conceptually supports law to better combat terrorism financing

Friday, May 31, 2019

On Thursday, 30 May, Latvia’s Saeima supported in the first reading amendments to the Law on International Sanctions and National Sanctions of the Republic of Latvia. This legislative draft is important for compliance with recommendations from Moneyval to help sort Latvia’s finance system, providing for sped up application of international sanctions – within 48 hours after announcement, as reported by Saeima’s press-service. «To fulfil requirements detailed in Moneyval report and…

Levits to go to Estonia and Lithuania on first foreign visits

Friday, May 31, 2019

Newly elected President Egils Levits will go to Estonia on his first foreign visit, which will be followed by a visit to Lithuania. In an interview on Latvian Television this morning, Levits said that Latvian presidents usually choose to visit Estonia on their first foreign visit, which is followed by a visit to Lithuania. Levits emphasized that Latvians and Estonians lived together for several hundred years in the past, and…

The way NATO controls the armed forces of the Baltics

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, May 30, 2019

In accordance with mass media resources, the headquarters of the international division “North” (HQ MND N) has begun to work lately at the Ādaži military base near Riga (Latvia). This divisional HQ includes combat units of Latvia, Denmark and Estonia. The need to create a new unit was first talked about at the NATO summit in Brussels last July. It is assumed that the Riga headquarters will facilitate the coordination…