Posts published in Day: May 22, 2019

Suspended Mayor of Riga decides takes appeal case to court

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Administrative District Court in Riga has commenced a case following a request from suspended Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs in objection of Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce on his suspension from his post as chairman of Riga City Council, as confirmed by the court. The court explains that the date for the case’s review is unknown at the moment. The exact date will be picked once an…

Lithuania’s chief of defense in Brussels for EU, NATO military committees’ meetings

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Lithuania’s Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Zukas has left for Brussels to take part in meetings of the EU and NATO Military Committees. EU’s chiefs of defense will meet on Tuesday to “discuss the NATO-EU cooperation, EU military operations in the Western Balkans, off the coasts of Somali and Libya, training missions, the concept of the Single European Sky, development of military capabilities and military financial instruments of…

European elections: sex and religion dominate campaigning in Poland

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Campaigning in Poland for the European elections has descended into a war of words over religion, sex and morality after a documentary on clerical abuse raised questions about the government’s ties to the Catholic church and the ruling party campaign sought to portray LGBT rights supporters as a threat to children. The release on YouTube earlier this month of the documentary, viewed more than 20m times and featuring several victims…

‘A Good Career, if I Satisfied Him.’ Ukraine Fights Sexual Abuse, and a War

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

On her first day of service as a commissioned officer of the Ukrainian military, Lt. Valeria Sikal reported for duty at her base and received an unusual order. She said the commander, Col. Viktor Ivaniv, ordered her to accompany him in his personal car for a trip to a summerhouse to meet a friend, who turned out to be a local police chief. The colonel then “ordered me to sit…

Latvian Foreign Ministry appreciates contribution by Spain to strengthening of Baltic region’s security

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

On May 21, Riga hosted political consultations between the Political Directors of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Spain, LETA learned from the ministry. The Latvian delegation was headed by the Under Secretary, Political Director Janis Mazeiks, and the Spanish delegation – by the Director General for Foreign Policy and Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Enrique Ignacio Mora Benavente. The consultations…

Lithuania’s police contribute to intl operation busting armed gang of 23 persons

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Lithuania’s police said on Wednesday it was involved in an international operation which led to the exposure of an armed gang of 23 persons who were involved in arms and drugs smuggling. The gang is also suspected of having organized the murder of Kaunas resident Deimantas Bugavicius in 2015. “The persons are suspected of having organized and carried out the mentioned murder, and having also possessed firearms, narcotic substances, having…

«Last chance» to pass Brexit deal met with skepticism in British parliament

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In the United Kingdom, the latest offer by British Prime Minister Theresa May to pass the country’s withdrawal deal with the European Union has been criticised by influential groups in the British parliament. British public broadcaster BBC reports that on Tuesday, May 21, Theresa May presented a new plan aimed at ratifying the withdrawal agreement. It includes: A guarantee of a Parliament’s House of Commons vote on whether to hold…

Catalan separatist politicians take seats in Spanish parliament despite being jailed

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In the Spanish parliament, five Catalan separatist politicians, who are tried for rebellion, have taken their seats in the Spanish parliament won in Spain’s general election. British public broadcaster BBC reports that on the event that took place on Tuesday, May 22, was a first in the Spanish parliament, where of the accused Catalan politicians four are lower-house MPs and one is a senator. The four MPs – Josep Rull,…

Unemployment level in Latvia reaches 7% at beginning of 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In Q1 2019 Latvian unemployment rate constituted 6.9 %. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate has not changed, while over the year it fell by 1.3 percentage points. In Q1, in Latvia there were 66.9 thousand unemployed persons aged 15–74, which is 13.1 thousand people fewer than a year ago and 0.2 thousand people fewer than in the previous quarter. Since the 3rd quarter of 2008, Latvian unemployment rate…

Stability as a Distinctive Feature of the Political Transformation in Kazakhstan

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Kazakhstan is now undergoing some significant political events related to the unexpected-for-many-people resignation of its President Nursultan Nazarbayev as well as holding of early elections on June 9 this year. Nursultan Nazarbayev, the first president of Kazakhstan, has initiated the so-called “soft transition of power” procedure for the purpose of implementing political and democratic reforms in the country. One must suppose that such a decision of the Kazakhstan’s leader is…