Posts published in Day: June 27, 2019

Latvian Saeima’s committee refuses to reduce excise tax for beer

Thursday, June 27, 2019

On Thursday, 27 June, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee decided to not support the proposal to reduce excise tax for beer. With the expected reduction of excise tax for strong alcohol, the proposal to reduce excise tax for beer was submitted separately by three sides – Latvia’s Agriculture Minister Kaspars Gerhards, Saeima deputy Armands Krauze and non-party deputies Aldis Gobzems, Didzis Šmits, Jūlija Stepaņenko, Linda Liepiņa and Karina Sprūde. Politicians…

Iran and climate change – top international issues on U.S. Democratic debate

Thursday, June 27, 2019

As the U.S. Democratic Party seeks to nominate its presidential candidate, the first televised debate has been held, where Iran and action again climate change have been the top foreign policy issues. The debate of Wednesday, June 26, included New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and popular female candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is leading the polls at the moment. Iran nuclear deal German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports that only…

Lawyer says Lithuanian woman stole steak from Aldi ‘because of Brexit’

Thursday, June 27, 2019

A LAWYER representing a Lithuanian woman who stole packets of steak from Aldi told a court that Brexit was indirectly responsible for her crimes. Blackburn Magistrates Court heard Olga Jankovskaja had repeatedly stolen from shops to fund her drugs habit. But defending his client, barrister Mark Williams said the mother-of-one was unable to claim benefits until she had secured UK citizenship ‘post Brexit’. He told a district judge that although…

Italy’s ‘cannabis light’ creates buzz even if the pot won’t

By Colleen Barry on Thursday, June 27, 2019

It’s been called the Italian “green gold rush.” Mild, barely there marijuana dubbed “cannabis light” has put Italy on the international weed map, producing hundreds of stores that sell pot by the pouch and attention from investors banking the legalization of stronger stuff will follow. The flourishing retail industry around cannabis light – weed so non-buzzy, it’s essentially the decaf coffee of marijuana – surfaced as an unintended by-product of…

Estonia should leave Council of Europe, says EKRE chairman

Thursday, June 27, 2019

After the decision of the council’s parliamentary assembly (PACE) on Tuesday to restore Russia’s voting rights, Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE) sees no reason why Estonia should spend taxpayer money on contributions to the Council of Europe. Helme, who is also chairman of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), told media on Thursday that the council has “clearly given defending the principles of the rule of law.”…

Heatwave in Central Europe breaks temperature records for June

Thursday, June 27, 2019

With heat rising this week in Central Europe, the June heat records have been broken in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic as with more records forecast to come in the coming days. British public broadcaster BBC reports that on Wednesday, June 26, Coschen in Brandenburg peaked at 38.6C, which is a new German record for June. Radzyn in Poland and Doksany in the Czech Republic also recorded new national…

Typhoons scrambled twice in one day to intercept Russian aircraft

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Typhoon fighter jets operating from Ämari Air Base in Estonia launched twice on Tuesday 25th June to intercept Russian military aircraft flying close to (but not inside) Estonian airspace. Typhoons first intercepted a Russian military transport aircraft before later intercepting two Russian Flanker fighters and another military transport aircraft. This is a routine mission for the Typhoons conducting NATO enhanced Air Policing, providing reassurance that the UK is working in…

North Korea urges South to stop mediating between North, US

Thursday, June 27, 2019

North Korea said Thursday that South Korea must stop trying to mediate between Pyongyang and Washington, as it stepped up its pressure on the United States to work out new proposals to salvage deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. The North Korean statement was an apparent continuation of its displeasure with Seoul and Washington over the stalled diplomacy. But there are no signs that North Korea would formally abandon talks anytime soon as…

Russia to issue free e-visas to Lithuanians, other foreigners visiting Kaliningrad region

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tatyana Novozhilova, head of the Consular Section at Russia’s embassy to Lithuania, confirmed to journalists on Wednesday that the new e-visa system for foreigners visiting Kaliningrad will be introduced on July 1, adding that citizens of 53 countries, including all EU member states, will be eligible.  “I think the facilitated procedure will allow people to travel for private purposes and to meet with their relatives who live in the territory of Russia more often,” the diplomat…

EU to stage war games to prepare for hybrid threats

Thursday, June 27, 2019

European Union ministers will take part in joint war games over coming months to better prepare the bloc for a range of attacks, from cyberattacks to disinformation campaigns. Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said Thursday that interior and finance ministers from the 28-country bloc will be tasked to respond to fictional scenarios during meetings in Helsinki in July and September. By being able to respond, they will be able to…