Posts published in Day: May 4, 2019

Latvia marks path to renewed independence on May 4

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Ceremonies, speeches and thoughts on the nature of freedom were the order of the day across Latvia May 4 with the country marking the restoration of independence 29 years ago. The main event of the day was a military parade in the town of Jekabpils but other events of all types and sizes are equally meaningful as older people remember the feeling of winning back freedom and younger people learn how Latvia’s long-suppressed…

Mother’s Day in Lithuania

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Lithuania, like other countries around the world, sets aside one day each year to honour mothers. However, in Lithuania it is an official public holiday celebrated on the first Sunday in May. Ten Amusing One-Liners and Interesting Facts About Mothers: I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids. 80.5 million are the number of mothers of all ages in the USA. 81% of women…

Lifesaving US troops honored in Latvia

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Two United States military personnel who saved the life of a Latvian civilian will be officially recognized for their efforts today by the country’s Defense Minister, Artis Pabriks. Pabriks will attend a special ceremony midday in the town of Jekabpils, where a military parade marking the restoration of Latvia’s independence is due to take place, to thank Captain Logan Georges and Staff Sergeant Stephen Yang, both of whom are stationed in…

Estonia joins the far-right club

By Mart Helme on Saturday, May 4, 2019

Europe’s populist wave has hit Estonia — hard. In a national election in March, the Conservative People’s Party — a far-right upstart that says it wants to protect an “indigenous Estonian” population under threat — won 19 seats in the country’s 101-seat parliament, nearly tripling its share from the last election, in 2015. Its real victory came a few weeks later, when it was included in the three-party coalition government and picked up five key…

EU’s Tusk slams Polish leaders for ‘disrespecting constitution’

Saturday, May 4, 2019

European Council President Donald Tusk called on Poland’s political leaders to respect the constitution in a speech in Warsaw on Friday, amid speculation that he may return to domestic politics when his EU term ends in November. The former Polish prime minister and leader of the opposition Civic Platform party accused political leaders of celebrating the constitution once a year and disrespecting it on every other day, during a speech…

Minsk 2019 Flame Begins Journey

Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Flame of Peace lighting marks 50 days until the 2nd European Games in Minsk. The lighting ceremony was held in Rome at the Ara Pacis, the world’s oldest temple. EOC president Janez Kocijančič, Italian Olympic Committee President Giovanni Malago, and Sergey Kavalchuk, Minister of Sports and Tourism for Belarus, were among those who spoke at the ceremony. Minsk 2019 organizing committee CEO George Katulin remarked during his speech how…

Ratas: Current situation hysterical

Saturday, May 4, 2019

In an interview with Raadio Kuku, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) said that in the midst of a situation he described as “fairly hysterical,” he considers his first priority right now to be to soothe growing tensions in Estonian society. Regarding the recent behavior of several government members, he also echoed the sentiments of Minister of the Interior and Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) chairman Mart Helme, noting that…

One-fourth of Latvia’s residents to celebrate White Tablecloth Day

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Similar to last year, approximately a quarter of Latvia’s residents (24%) plan to celebrate White Tablecloth Day on 4 May, according to results of a survey performed by Kantar research company. White Tablecloth Day celebration is more popular in Latvian families – every third family with Latvian as speaking language and every eleventh family with a different speaking language plan to celebrate it. According to Kantar, residents’ habits celebrating White…

Estonian president appoints Madis Muller new cbank governor

Saturday, May 4, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid on Friday appointed Madis Muller, current deputy governor of the Bank of Estonia, as the central bank’s new governor. The supervisory board of the Bank of Estonia by a secret vote on Feb. 12 chose Muller as candidate for the next governor of the central bank from a pool of three nominees that also included head of Swedbank Estonia Robert Kitt and deputy secretary general of the…

Poll shows Simonyte strengthens lead in Lithuania’s presidential race

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Lithuanian MP Ingrida Simonyte has strengthened her lead in the presidential race with little more than a week left before the May 12 election, the latest poll showed on Friday. According to the survey conducted by pollster Spinter tyrimai on April 20-29 and published by the local news website Delfi.lt, former Finance Minister Simonyte’s candidacy was supported by 26.2 percent of the respondents, while economist Gitanas Nauseda, 54, ranked second…