Posts published in Day: October 2, 2019

UK to send Brexit deal ‘final offer’ to a skeptical EU

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will send what he says is the U.K.’s “final offer” for a Brexit deal to the European Union on Wednesday, as the date for Britain’s departure from the bloc looms in less than a month. Johnson says the proposal is a “fair and reasonable compromise,” but it’s likely to face deep skepticism from EU leaders, who doubt the U.K. has a workable plan to avoid…

Lithuania’s ex-president calls pressure on parlt speaker ‘fiesta of petty-mindedness’

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Lithuania’s former President Dalia Grybauskaite describes the Farmers and Greens Union’s pressure on Viktoras Pranckietis to step down as the speaker of the Seimas as “a fiesta of political petty-mindedness”.  “Looking from outside, one can see elements of revenge for (a lack of) political loyalty,” Grybauskaite said in an interview aired by Lithuanian Radio on Wednesday. “There are not and will not be any concrete accusations against him; he is a decent person. Looking from…

Taliban send high-level delegation to Islamabad

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Taliban announced Wednesday they are sending a high-level delegation to Pakistan’s capital as part of a tour that has included Russia, China and Iran in a push to resurrect an Afghanistan peace deal with Washington that seemed imminent just a month ago. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban and head of their political office in Qatar, will lead the 11-member delegation…

Road Transport Directorate needs EUR 16 million to cover losses of public service providers

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Road Transport Directorate in this year’s budget needs additional EUR 16 million to pay government subsidies in compensation for losses of public transportation services providers, the directorate’s board chairman Kristians Godins told LETA. “The public transport system should change. Every year there is a shortage of money. We should efficiently combine the ways of public transportation,” said Godins, adding that also service quality should be increased so that people…

A look at the corruption scandals facing Israel’s Netanyahu

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attorneys met Wednesday with Israel’s attorney general and other top law enforcement officials in Netanyahu’s long-awaited pre-indictment hearing on a series of corruption scandals. The hearing is the last step before formal charges are pressed and has been delayed many times already. It looms large over Netanyahu’s efforts to extend his political career. The sessions are expected to last four days and they come just two…

Karins to meet with top EU, NATO officials in Brussels

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins during his visit to Brussels on Wednesday will meet with the top EU and NATO officials, LETA learned from the prime minister’s office. Karins is scheduled to meet with European Parliament President David Sassoli and European Council President Donald Tusk. The officials plan to discuss current EU matters, including Brexit, climate policy, the multi-annual budget and external relations. Also, the Latvian prime minister will meet with…

China’s 70-year parade shows global ambition as HK protests

By Joe McDonald on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

China’s Communist Party marked 70 years in power with a military parade Tuesday that showcased the country’s global ambitions while police in Hong Kong fought protesters in a reminder of strains at home. Trucks carrying nuclear missiles designed to evade U.S. defenses, a supersonic attack drone and other products of a two-decade-old weapons development effort rolled through Beijing as soldiers marched past President Xi Jinping and other leaders on Tiananmen…

No quick decisions on bank asset tax, Lithuania’s finance minister says

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The ruling bloc’s proposal to introduce a tax on bank assets in Lithuania will be extensively discussed in parliament before any decision is made, according to Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka. “Lithuanian banks are under the supervision of the European Central Bank, and they have to pay contributions to the Deposit Insurance Fund and to the supervision mechanism to ensure stability. There are many circumstances, and all the pros and cons…

20 mln people from 180 countries join World Cleanup Day initiated by Estonia

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Around 20 million people in 180 countries and territories joined the World Cleanup Day campaign initiated by Estonia at beaches, streets, forests and parks in a global effort to clean up waste from public spaces and nature. Compared with last year, participants in the World Cleanup Day in Estonia increased by threefold to around 28,038, organizers of the initiative told BNS on Wednesday. At least 333,000 liters of litter were collected…

Latvian president to visit Vilnius – NATO, Belarus’ nuclear plant, Baltic heritage on the agenda

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Latvian President Egils Levits will pay a working visit to Vilnius on Thursday, the Lithuanian president’s office said on Wednesday.   Levits’ visit follows President Gitanas Nauseda’s trip to Riga in July. In Vilnius, the two leaders will discuss “topical bilateral issues, including tripartite annual meetings of the Baltic presidents proposed by the president [Nauseda] as well as the preservation of the Baltic heritage,” the office said in a press release. Also…