Posts published in Day: May 16, 2019

US nuclear provocation in Europe is real

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, May 16, 2019

The militarization of Europe, especially the Baltic states, is taking place at an accelerated pace. The Baltic countries’ political elites are using the worsening confrontation between the West and Russia for their own purposes: the presence of U.S. and NATO troops on their territory benefits them economically. In turn, the Pentagon has no plans to stop there. According to a statement made on May 14 by the director of the…

Risk of radioactive pollution in Latvia has increased

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Budget funds that had been allocated for the planned decommissioning of a Soviet-era nuclear reactor in Salaspils near Riga have been spent on purposes unrelated to the decommissioning activities, a 2018 report released by the State Audit Office shows. Although the decommissioning of the Salaspils nuke was supposed to begin already in 2015 and be completed in five years’ time, the work still has not been finished, which has increased…

Quality of Life in Latvia is not a priority

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, May 16, 2019

Four presidents, 14 governments and eight Seimas have changed in Latvia over the past 20 years. The country joined the European Union and NATO, and then switched to the euro. But have Latvians become better off? Has their quality of life improved? Statistics shows that the general well-being of population remains very low. Political turbulence only worsens the situation. Thus, according to Numbeo.com portal, one of the largest databases on…

President Kaljulaid meets incoming, outgoing NATO commanders

Thursday, May 16, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid met incoming NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) commander, Col. Paul Clayton, of the British army, on Wednesday. Col. Clayton recently started his two-year stint in the role, replacing Col. Giles Harris, whose tenure ended recently. “It is good to see and hear that not only does the allied battle group increase Estonia’s defense capability, and the number of troops on standby, it also teaches both the allies [here], as…

European Parliament elections advance voting starts Thursday

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The 2019 European Parliament elections effectively start Thursday, with advance voting both in person, and electronically, opening at 9:00 a.m. in the latter case. Polling stations are open in county centers across Estonia’s 15 counties at 12:00 p.m., with at least one center per county, and multiple ones in the more populous counties (e.g. eight in Tallinn, which is in Harju County, and four in Tartu city). Electronic voting can…

Poland raises prison time for child sex

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Poland’s government plans to jail paedophiles for longer after a powerful new documentary about abuse among priests went viral. “Tell No One”, by independent journalist Tomasz Sekielski, has been viewed more than 15 million times since it was posted to YouTube on Saturday. The Law and Justice (PiS) government, which is closely allied with Poland’s Catholic church, said parliament would debate the proposed changes within days. The announcement came ahead…

Parliament speaker calls for further efforts to pass dual citizenship amendment

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, called on Wednesday for continued efforts to amend the Constitution to allow dual citizenship to more Lithuanians. Pranckietis described Sunday’s referendum as a successful initiative, even though it did not cross the required threshold of “yes” votes to pass the amendment. The initiative was a success. We can regard it as a good lesson for the future,” he said during a meeting of…

Army to give 50 machine guns to civilian paramilitary organization

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Lithuanian Armed Forces will give 50 machine guns and 8,000 rounds of ammunition to the civilian paramilitary organization Riflemen’s Union, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. The German-made machine guns, which are in good working order but not used by the army, and ammunition will be entrusted to the Riflemen’s Union for a period of ten years, according to the ministry. “These machine guns will provide the riflemen with…

Lithuanian journalist reveals secrets of prison life

Thursday, May 16, 2019

“I’ve always wanted to live a normal life. I’ve only slipped once and I understand my fault. But I’m not an animal. I wouldn’t do to an animal what they do to people”. This is not a line from a movie script. This was the reality for prisoners in Lithuanian prison in Pravieniskes that was revealed by DELFI journalist Dainius Sinkevicius. “Imagine a zero and the hole in its belly.…

Lithuania names 8 swimmers to World Championships roster

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte has not been chosen among among the 8 (pool) swimmer team for the 2019 World Championships. The meet will take place from July 12th-28th in Gwangju, South Korea, with swimming taking place the 2nd week of that time period. The Lithuanian roster will be composed of 6 men and 2 women, and the country will also enter a men’s 400 medley relay and a mixed 400 medley…