Posts published in Day: October 9, 2019

Greenland and the Arctic ‘Great Game’

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

President Trump’s statements concerning a proposal to purchase Greenland from Denmark were met with derision throughout the Western world, especially in diplomatic and journalistic circles. Other pundits even described such plan as a sign of his supposed ‘megalomania.’ Trump’s peculiar style is certainly unorthodox: his inflammatory tweets, his frequent disdain for some traditional American allies, and his willingness to disregard multilateral institutional frameworks often fuel criticism from various flanks. However,…

Kurds mobilize in Syria as Turkey poised for imminent attack

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Warning of a “humanitarian catastrophe,” Syrian Kurdish forces who are allied with the United States issued a “general mobilization” call on Wednesday in northeastern Syria, along the border with Turkey, as Ankara threatened an imminent invasion of the area. The Turkish operation would ignite new fighting in the war-ravaged country’s eight-year-old war, potentially displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Turkey has long threatened an attack on the Kurdish fighters in…

Helme: Estonia will not accept even one asylum seeker

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

As long as the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) is in government, Estonia will not accept immigrants, Interior Minister Mart Helme said at a meeting of interior ministers in Luxembourg on Tuesday. Two weeks ago Germany, France, Italy and Malta agreed on a voluntary system which would see countries that join accept an asylum seeker within four weeks of arriving in Europe. They will then check the validity of…

Corruption Prevention Bureau detains former Daugavpils mayor Eigims on corruption suspicion

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) on Tuesday detained former Daugavpils mayor Rihards Eigims (Our Party) in suspicion of corruption and money laundering, according to the information at the disposal of LETA. Eigims’ phone has been switched off and LETA was not able to contact him. Local news portal gorod.lv reported that the case is related with the local government’s procurements in 2018 on catering services in two education institutions in…

Estonian president, German chancellor discuss building up digital society

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Building up a digital society begins with creating a relevant judicial area — in order for the state to start constructing a digital economy and e-state, clear principles must be established in legislative drafting, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid told Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday. “Naturally, switching to digital services entails risks; however, the advantages provided by digitization outweigh these risks. Estonia’s public and private sectors are happy…

Estonia agrees to deepen cooperation with U.S. focusing on security

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Estonian and American top diplomats have agreed to enhance cooperation between the two allied countries in a joint statement signed in Washington. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that the document was signed on Tuesday, October 8, when Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu (Pro Patria party) met with this U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo, while on a working visit to the U.S. The statement expressed willingness to deepen cooperation between Estonia and…

ICT Cluster to contribute EUR 100,000 to Estonia’s participation in Dubai EXPO

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Estonian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Cluster, which is one of the key partners of the Estonian pavilion at the Dubai EXPO 2020, is to invest altogether 100,000 euros in participation in the world fair. “By 2023, the Estonian ICT Cluster will help increase the export earnings of its partner companies by at least 200 million euros,” ICT Cluster manager Doris Pold said in a press release. “The joint…

Wholesale electricity prices fall across Baltics w/w – Elektrum Lietuva

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wholesale electricity prices declined across the Baltic region last week, with the lowest price registered in Lithuania, Elektrum Lietuva said on Tuesday. Week-on-week, the average electricity price in both Lithuania and Latvia fell by 17 percent, to EUR 45.9 and EUR 46.1 per megawatt-hour (MWh), respectively, and moved down by 19 percent to EUR 45.7 in Estonia. The independent electricity supplier said the prices were mostly driven down by increased…