Posts published in Day: June 8, 2019

German Parliament Tightens Deportation Rules, Attempts to Lure Skilled Migrants

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The so-called “Orderly Return Act” was introduced by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, known for his hardline stance on migration control. The bill has been slammed by opposition parties The Greens and left-wing Die Linke as well as the right-wing Alternative for Germany. With 372 votes for, 159 against and 111 abstentions, the new regulations aiming to make deportations easier were approved by the German Bundestag. The “Orderly Return Act”, designed by the Interior…

Britain’s Prime Minister Hopeful Admits Taking Cocaine

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Michael Gove, one of the contenders for the Tory leadership, told the Daily Mail on Friday he took cocaine on “several social occasions” while he was young and has deep regrets about it. Gove, 51, who has been the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since 2017, was quoted by the paper as saying: “I took drugs on several occasions at social events more than 20 years ago. At the time I was a…

UN Security Council accession a historical event for Estonia

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Being elected to the UN Security Council represents both a historical step for Estonia and another layer in its protective shield, President Kersti Kaljulaid said after the vote on Friday which saw the country gain a non-permanent seat on the council for 2020-2021. “Today’s decision, taken by all those countries in the world that [believe] Estonia is a suitable member of the UN Security Council for the next two years,…

Sanctions against Russia should stay in place, issue calls for close coordination between EU and U.S.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

On June 5-6, Political Directors from the foreign services of the Baltic states, the Nordic countries and the United States of America gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland, for their e-PINE (Enhanced Partnership in Northern Europe) meeting to discuss the Arctic, the growing role of China, developments in the Middle East, relationship with Russia and the conflict in Ukraine, as well as the transatlantic security. Latvia was represented at the meeting by…