Posts published in Day: July 19, 2019

Latvian minister wants more responsibility for the state in children rights protection

Friday, July 19, 2019

The new children’s rights protection model will delegate more functions to the state, said Latvian Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča. Justice Ministry together with Welfare Minister are committed to developing a road map before the end of 2019 to suggest solutions in order to form a new institutional model for protection of children’s rights. On top of that, according to Petraviča, soon enough work will commence on the development of a…

Reports say suspect in deadly Kyoto arson attack had grudge

Friday, July 19, 2019

Police were investigating Friday the gutted animation studio building in Kyoto where a man raging about theft set a fire that killed 33 people, crushing the hearts of comic fans in Japan and beyond. Witness accounts and reports suggested the man had a grudge against Kyoto Animation, but police only have said the suspect, who is still hospitalized, is a 41-year-old man from near Tokyo who did not work for…

Kaljulaid to Foreign Policy: I hate EKRE politicians’ behavior

Friday, July 19, 2019

In an interview with American magazine Foreign Policy, President Kersti Kaljulaid that she hates the inciting behavior of Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) politicians, apologizing for the impression this may leave of Estonia. “I hate them for their behavior, and I apologize for the image this might give,” Kaljulaid said when asked by a Foreign Policy journalist how concerned she is about EKRE’s behavior and position as a member…

Germany honors resisters who tried to assassinate Hitler

Friday, July 19, 2019

Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler, honoring those who resisted the Nazis — who were stigmatized for decades as traitors — as pillars of the country’s modern democracy amid growing concerns about the resurgence of the far-right. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will speak Saturday at an annual swearing-in ceremony for some 400 troops before addressing a memorial event, paid tribute ahead…

Kazakhstan to turn diplomatic mission in Latvia into embassy

Friday, July 19, 2019

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Thursday signed decrees transforming and re-organizing several of the country’s diplomatic missions and one consulate into embassies. These are the diplomatic missions in Bratislava (Slovakia), Belgrade (Serbia), Lisbon (Portugal), Riga (Latvia), and Sofia (Bulgaria) and the consulate in Tallinn (Estonia), according to the decrees published on the head of state’s website. The move is prompted by the need to boost relations with the European Union,…

Strong quake hits near Greek capital of Athens, sparks fear

Friday, July 19, 2019

A strong earthquake hit Friday near the Greek capital of Athens, causing residents to run into the streets in fear and firefighters to check for people trapped in elevators. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the U.S. Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3. The Athens Institute says the quake struck at 2:13 p.m. local time (1113 GMT) about 26…

Additional information to be asked for in Latvian prosecutor general’s evaluation

Friday, July 19, 2019

Saeima deputies who initiated the investigation if there are reasons the justify dismissal of Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers have been asked to clarify their request by providing more detailed information in relation to conclusions mentioned in their request. Supreme Court senator Marika Senkāne, who is asked to perform said inspection in relation to Kalnmeiers, has submitted a request for additional information to the Saeima. The request was submitted to ensure…

Germany’s Merkel fends off worries about her health

Friday, July 19, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fended off worries about her health on Friday, saying that she has a personal interest in staying healthy and having a life after politics. Merkel said that she understands questions about her health after three recent incidents in which her body shook as she stood at public events. But she said she’s aware of her responsibility as chancellor and “can exercise this function.” She has said…

EU commissioners to discuss energy projects, climate change with Lithuanian leaders

Friday, July 19, 2019

European Commissioner for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic is coming to Vilnius on Friday to discuss energy projects and climate change with Lithuania’s top officials.   Sefcovic, together with European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, are scheduled to meet with President Gitanas Nauseda and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The meetings will focus on energy and climate policy priorities, the Baltic power grids’ synchronization with the Continental European system, and the current situation…

Estonian MP: Condition of Baltic Sea needs improvement

Friday, July 19, 2019

Estonian MP Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, who participated in a Baltic Sea related debate held at the Finnish opinion festival SuomiAreena, emphasized the need for cooperation and a change in human behavior in order to improve the condition of the Baltic Sea. Pentus-Rosimannus, former minister of the environment and foreign affairs, said that acquiescence to climate change would accelerate the Baltic Sea’s eutrophication even further. “If we care about the health of the…