Posts published in Day: May 7, 2019

Did Da Vinci fail to finish the Mona Lisa because of his ‘claw hand’?

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci may have been prevented from finishing the Mona Lisa after a severe fainting episode left him with a ‘claw’ hand and unable to hold a paintbrush, a new study suggests. A portrait of the Italian Renaissance artist shows his right hand, wrapped in clothing like a bandage and ‘suspended in a stiff, contracted position’, according to research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.…

U.S. State Department OKs weapons sales to Gulf allies

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $6 billion worth of weapons sales to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in three separate packages, the Pentagon said on Friday after notifying Congress of the certification. The United States depends on allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia, to counter Iranian influence. In April, the U.S. moved ahead with part of a THAAD missile defense system sale to the kingdom.…

Does Germany want to get rid of NATO?

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Is NATO dying? Walter Russel Mead, leading columnist of the Wall Street Journal, says yes. His opinion is based on the decision of the German government to keep defence spending as low as 1.25% of gross domestic product (GDP) for the next five years. This decision is not at all driven by fiscal urgency. Germany is expected to have a balanced budget after many years with an annual surplus. It…

Baltic businessmen are less optimistic about economic growth now

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Compared to last year, Baltic companies were more cautious and less optimistic when answering the question «How would you compare your country’s economic perspective in comparison to the previous year?», according to results of German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce’s survey on entrepreneurship and investment environment. The number of entrepreneurs who expect 2019 to be better than the last has declined by more than 20 percentage points in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.…