Posts published in Day: May 24, 2019

Theresa May breaks down in tears announcing her 7 June resignation

Friday, May 24, 2019

Theresa May says she will step down as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 7 June. After a meeting with Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 committee, on Friday morning, the Prime Minister emerged from Number 10 to appraise media of her plans to step down after Donald Trump’s state visit. “It’s in the best interests of the country,” she said. An increasingly emotional May said “it has…

Health Minister replaces Latvia’s chief oncologist

Friday, May 24, 2019

Latvia’s Health Minister Ilze Viņķele (Development/For!) has replaced five chief specialists in the country’s healthcare system, including Dace Baltiņa, the ministry’s oncology specialist who was, for a time, a high-ranking employee at a company promoting the highly controversial Rigvir anti-cancer medicine. Baltiņa was routinely criticized in the media for her simultaneous work at a private medical company while concurrently playing a role at the Health Ministry. Baltiņa’s post will be taken…

National Alliance and New Unity lead political polls ahead of EP elections

Friday, May 24, 2019

According to the latest political polls carried out by Factum, the National Alliance, New Unity and Harmony are the most popular parties ahead of tomorrow’s European Parliament elections. According to the poll, the National Alliance is in first place with 17.1 percent of the vote, which would give it two seats in the next EP. In second place is New Unity with 16.1 percent support, which would give it one…

The surge of populists in the EU elections is being greatly exaggerated

By R. Daniel Kelemen on Friday, May 24, 2019

Farage, Le Pen, Salvini. The Holy Trinity of the Far Right movement in Europe are looking to cause a political earthquake this week with perhaps their best showing in the European elections ever. While polls have the major populist and nationalist parties on course for massive gains, is it realistic to think the European establishment will be dealt a hammer blow. “The prospects of a populist, Far Right takeover in…

Heads of Latvian Railway lose Latvian State Railway Administration’s trust

Friday, May 24, 2019

Latvia’s State Railway Administration (SRA) has sent a letter to Transport Ministry and Latvian Railways (LDz). In it they ask the government to «evaluate behaviour of LDz leading officials – Edvīns Bērziņš and Aivara Strakšas – in writing an application containing false information and thereby organizing a discrediting campaign against State Railway Administration». According to SRA director Juris Iesalnieks, the administration has turned against LDz for distorting the market. This…

Former prime minister: cutting border investment ‘very foolish’

Friday, May 24, 2019

Former prime minister and European parliamentary candidate Taavi Rõivas (Reform) has dismissed as “very foolish” a suggestion made by minister of finance Martin Helme, that investment in the construction of the Estonian-Russian border facilities should be reduced. “Saving money on Estonia’s security is a very foolish thing to do. Moreover, because a secure eastern border is a profitable investment, reduction in smuggling will bring tax money into the state budget,”…

US justice department announces 17 new charges against Julian Assange

Friday, May 24, 2019

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced 17 new criminal charges against Julian Assange, including Espionage Act charges connected with publishing classified material. It said the WikiLeaks founder unlawfully published the names of classified sources and conspired and assisted ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in obtaining access to classified information. Assange, 47, is currently serving a jail sentence in the UK for breaching bail conditions and faces extradition. He…

Study: 50.6% of enterprises view Latvia’s business-related legislative environment negatively

Friday, May 24, 2019

Latvia’s business-related legislation is poor to very poor, according to 50.6% of interviewed entrepreneurs. Only 19.2% view legislation as either very good or more or less good, according to Turība University’s Business Index. Companies with 250 or more employees seem the most positive about Latvia’s business legislation, whereas companies with 10 to 49 employees are the most negative, results show. Analysing results in different sectors it was concluded that the…

Latvian partisans stay at home

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, May 24, 2019

Most Latvians are not ready to resist the occupation authorities in case of war. This is evidenced by the results of a social research commissioned by the Latvian Ministry of Defence. The authorities are introducing a comprehensive defense system and preparing the population for guerrilla warfare. However, society is not ready to take up arms and provide armed resistance. According to the SKDS social research, 33.7% of respondents from Russian-speaking…

Stoltenberg expresses NATO’s full readiness to react to Russian cyberattacks

Friday, May 24, 2019

NATO stood ready to respond to cyber attacks from Russia and other possible adversaries with all its capabilities, the Secretary General of the alliance has stated. French news agency AFP reports that during a visit to London on Thursday, May 23, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s warning came with the bloc’s members on alert for interference in European Parliament elections taking place this week. Western allies accuse Russia of trying…