Posts published in Day: June 13, 2019

The EU’s own army will make the Baltic States alone

By Kovas Azbis on Thursday, June 13, 2019

As history proves, even the most powerful unions and military alliances fall apart sooner or later. Political scientists estimate the life cycle of NATO at about ten years. It will be replaced by a new “European Army”. European countries began to think about the need for their own security system and the strengthening of relations with Russia. The U.S. is losing its influence on Europe and is trying to prevent…

Global Peace Index: average level of global peacefulness improved

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The results this year show that the average level of global peacefulness improved very slightly in the 2019 GPI. This is the first time the index has improved in five years, informed Institute of Economics and Peace. The average country score improved by 0.09 per cent, with 86 countries improving, and 76 recording deteriorations. The 2019 GPI reveals a world in which the conflicts and crises that emerged in the…

Lithuania’s next President set to take bull by horns in tackling poverty

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Lithuania’s president-elect Gitanas Nausėda has touched one issue – social exclusion and high level of income inequality in Lithuanian society – a lot more than all the others. But can Nausėda, economist by profession, blur the gaping gap between the rich and the poor? Can he find a common ground with the ruling coalition in tackling poverty? BNN spoke to a number of Lithuanian analysts observing every move of the…

Estonian president convenes meeting to discuss research funding

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has convened a meeting of chairs of parliamentary parties, representatives of researchers, universities and business organization to discuss the future of the research agreement signed in December 2018. On Dec. 19, last year, an agreement aimed at ensuring the development of research and innovation in Estonia was signed in Kadriorg. The agreement was concluded between chairs of political parties and representatives of Estonian universities, researchers and…

More US troops will also come to Lithuania after extra Poland deployment, defmin says

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The United States’ decision to send more troops to Poland means that more of them will come to Lithuania for training as well, Lithuania’s Minister of National Defense says. “We believe the number of troops attending exercises in Lithuania will increase. We think it will grow and that is a direct contribution to our security,” Raimundas Karoblis told BNS Lithuania on Wednesday. The minister said he viewed the US decision…

Latvia ranks 17th in EU Digital Economy and Society Index

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Latvia this year ranked 17th in the EU Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) among all 28 EU member states, lagging behind Lithuania and Estonia, the European Commission announced today. In this year’s index, the top countries include Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK. Among the Baltic states, Estonia ranked 8th, and Lithuania – 14th. Compared to last year, Latvia has climbed one position because performance in several…

Trump considers moving up to 2,000 troops to Poland as Polish president agrees to buy F-35s

Thursday, June 13, 2019

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is considering a move of up to 2,000 troops from Germany to Poland, a country that had proposed building a “Fort Trump” in hopes of luring the United States to base a larger American military force there. “It’ll be no additional troops in Europe. We will be moving them from another location in Europe,” said Trump, who singled Germany out as the likely…

Latvian ex-children’s home closed after violations, alleged crimes by ex-director

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The operations of Latvian Family support centre Saulstari have been stopped by the Latvian Welfare Ministry over violations of law, while a criminal case against the former head of the children’s home continues. The former children’s home Līkumi, now turned into the family support centre Saulstari, is situated in rural south-eastern Latvia, in the Sēlpils pagasts, Sala municipality. The decision by the Welfare Ministry was announced on Wednesday, June 12,…

Opinion: Kremlin friends an isolated group at European Parliament

By Urmas Paet on Thursday, June 13, 2019

The bubble inflated by right wingers and eurosceptic forces prior to the May European elections was popped on election day, according to MEP Urmas Paet (Reform/ALDE). Paet, a former foreign minister, adds that the “Kremlin friends club” in the new European parliament’s composition will remain modest, in an opinion piece originally published by ERR’s online Estonian news. It is important to recall that while right-wing extremists and those opposed to…

Poll: Latvian government work receives historically highest rating: -25

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The evaluation of the work of the Latvian government, despite still being negative, has this May reached its historically highest level, according to the results of the Latvian Barometer study prepared by SKDS pollster. The data of the study is collected in random interviews at the homes of not less than 1 000 respondents across Latvia covering the ages from 18 to 75. Last month, the Latvian residents were asked to…