Posts published in Day: September 20, 2019

Lithuanian customs detain €2m cigarette-contraband from Russia

Friday, September 20, 2019

Lithuanian customs have on Thursday detained a shipment of smuggled cigarettes worth almost 2 million euros in Kybartai on the Russian border. A Renault truck driven by a Russian citizen was stopped after entering Lithuania from Russia’s Kaliningrad. The driver claimed to be taking a shipment of plastic granules for a company in Kaunas, but after opening the trailer, customs officials found cigarette-boxes in plain sight with no attempts to…

Lithuania Becoming Less Tolerant of LGBTQ People

Friday, September 20, 2019

Hungarian researchers have analysed the results of the biennial public study carried out in Europe from 2002 to 2016 and found that acceptance of same sex relationships has increased in many European countries. In contrast, Lithuania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Poland, and Ukraine have become less accepting. The greatest positive shifts occurred in Spain and Portugal (where same sex marriage is legal), as well as Cyprus, Italy, and Greece (where civil partnerships…

A stitch in time: Tapestry immortalizes “Game of Thrones”

Friday, September 20, 2019

Famously, Arya Stark always preferred her sword Needle to needlework. Still, even she would be impressed with the giant tapestry now on show in France that recounts the plot of “Game of Thrones” in glorious and, of course, gory and salacious detail. With the award-winning saga about power struggles in mythical Westeros poised for more success at the Emmy Awards on Sunday, the tapestry’s unveiling this month in the Normandy…

New rotation of Lithuanian military instructors leaves for Ukraine

Friday, September 20, 2019

The 11th rotation of Lithuanian military instructors have departed to Ukraine on Thursday. Instructors from the Lithuanian Land Force will supervise and consult the collective training carried out by Ukrainians, according to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence. In the Yavoriv training area in western Ukraine, Lithuanians are helping alongside allies to reform and strengthen the Ukrainian armed forces and bring them closer to NATO standards.

Google plans to invest 3 billion euros in Europe

Friday, September 20, 2019

Google is planning to invest 3 billion euros to expand its data centers across Europe in the next two years. The tech giant’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, says it will bring the company’s total investments in the continent’s internet infrastructure to 15 billion euros since 2007. Pichai met with Finnish Prime Minister Antii Rinne on Friday in Helsinki and said that the investments “will generate economic activities to the region” and…

Russians in Europe: Nobody’s Tool – The Examples of Finland, Germany and Estonia

By Anna Tiido on Friday, September 20, 2019

This analysis calls for European governments to pay greater attention to the resilience of their societies, starting with the integration of minorities. It is also important to continue work to increase awareness of Russian influence. The paper analyses the issue of Russian speakers in the EU based on the example of Finland, Germany and Estonia. Although the Kremlin’s “Russian World” policy sees all the people connected to Russia as a…

Harry and Meghan make 1st official tour as family in Africa

Friday, September 20, 2019

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, along with their infant son, Archie, are making their first official tour as a family, starting Monday in a troubled South Africa whose president says women and children are “under siege” by shocking violence. South Africa is still shaken by the rape and murder of a university student, carried out in a post office, that sparked protests by thousands of women tired of abuse…

Epp Mäe wins world championship bronze medal

Friday, September 20, 2019

Estonian freestyle women’s wrestler Epp Mäe won bronze at the World Championship in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, ERR’s online sports portal reports. Mäe defeated Zhou Quian (China) 6:4, having already secured a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in her category (76 kilogram) by getting to the semi-finals. Mäe was defeated in that semi by Hiroe Suzuki (Japan) which took her to the bronze bout, where she took an early lead 2:0,…

U.S. Says It Has Plans to ‘Take Down’ Western Russian Region’s Air Defenses

Friday, September 20, 2019

The United States military has a secret blueprint targeting the air defense system protecting Russia’s westernmost territory of Kaliningrad, according to the U.S. Air Force’s top commander in Europe. NATO members perceive Russia’s missile deployments in Kaliningrad as a threat at a time when tensions between Russia and its Western neighbors are running high over Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Kaliningrad is a Baltic exclave bordered by Poland…

MPs draft constitutional amendment to allow impeached president Paksas to run for parliament

Friday, September 20, 2019

Lithuanian MPs drafted a constitutional amendment to allow the country’s impeached president Rolandas Paksas to run for parliament. The proposed amendment, registered on Thursday, paves the way for a person who has been impeached and removed from office to stand for election again, but no sooner than a decade after the removal. The bill would not, however, allow an impeached individual to run for president or assume any other office…