Posts published in Day: October 11, 2019

Powerful Poles down Latvian soccer team in Rīga

Friday, October 11, 2019

Latvia’s lengthy run of poor resuts continued in the Euro 2020 qualifying tournament October 10 with a well-drilled Polish outfit taking all the points on offer in Rīga. The star of the night was Polish striker Robert Lewandowski who scored a hat-trick of goals to secure a comfortable 0:3 win and spoil Latvian goalkeeper Andris Vaņinš’ 100th appearance for the national team. Spēle beigusies.Latvija ?? 0 – 3 ?? Polija#LVAPOL…

Wiesenthal Center condemns comments by Latvian Defense Minister

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem has written to Latvia’s ambassador in Israel to express its “shock and indignation” at comments made by Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks. The letter was sent October 7 to Latvian Ambassador Ms. Elita Gavele, and drew attention to what it said was “the praise heaped by Minister Pabriks upon his countrymen who joined forces with those of the Third Reich, describing those men as ‘the…

Latvia: State has no additional funds for teachers’ wages

Friday, October 11, 2019

The state budget currently has not additional funds for teachers’ wages, said Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) in an interview with the Latvian public radio today, citing LETA. Commenting on the demand of the teachers’ trade union for additional financing to raise teachers’ wages, Karins said that there are no funds for that. “I cannot mark any source. Money has been distributed quite fairly in very tough political talks,”…

Bank of Lithuania: Facebook’s Libra may turn into ‘something interesting’

Friday, October 11, 2019

Facebook’s plans to issue Libra has prompted central banks to take a closer look at stablecoins – cryptocurrencies offering price stability, a member of the Bank of Lithuania’s board has told the business daily Verslo Zinios. According to Marius Jurgilas, Libra could “turn into something interesting”. “The Bank of Lithuania has no official position on the Libra cryptocurrency. I, as a member of the Bank of Lithuania’s board, think that this…

Estonia: operators are not interested in Latvia ferry service

Friday, October 11, 2019

Potential operators are not interested in the ferry service between the port of Montu on Saaremaa island and Latvia’s Courland region despite very good terms offered to them, according to the regional newspaper Saarte Haal reported LETA. The provision of 400,000 euros by the state for dredging in Montu port has increasingly come into question due to lack of interest toward the service on the part of businesses. “What the…

Analysts: Lithuania must take Chinese threat as seriously as Russia’s

Friday, October 11, 2019

When a Hong Kong support rally in Vilnius came up against a coordinated Chinese counter-demonstration, Lithuanians became aware of Beijing’s soft power reach in the country. After LRT Investigation Team has shown that the Chinese Embassy was involved in the action, political analysts say that Lithuania must take China’s ambitions in the region as seriously as Russia’s. “The Chinese state is extremely far-sighted, it is strengthening its positions here with…

Latvia: 2020 budget revenue projected at EUR 9.89 billion, spending at EUR 10 billion

Friday, October 11, 2019

At an extraordinary meeting on Friday, the Cabinet of Ministers endorsed the 2020 state budget, where consolidated budget revenue is projected at EUR 9.89 billion and spending at EUR 10 billion. Compared to the 2019 budget, next year revenue will increase by EUR 717.1 million and expenditure by EUR 610.1 million. The general budget revenue in 2020 is projected at EUR 6.88 billion and expenditure at EUR 7.22 billion. Compared…

Estonia and Germany discuss defense cooperation and climate issues

Friday, October 11, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas and German Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer discussed at a meeting on Friday defense cooperation, climate issues and Estonia’s future role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The Estonian premier highlighted Germany’s commitment to ensuring security in our region, spokespeople for the government said. “Estonia and Germany are linked through historical ties and very close present-day cooperation. We are both dedicated allies in…

Lithuanian MoD briefs parliament on possible military deployment to Syria

Friday, October 11, 2019

Lithuania’s Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis briefed members of the Lithuanian parliament on Wednesday about a possible troop deployment to Syria. The meeting behind closed doors between the defence minister and the Seimas leadership was not pre-announced and held in a secure briefing room. Deputy Speaker of the Seimas Arvydas Nekrošius told BNS that the minister “submitted information to the Board of the Seimas about military missions than need…

Kick Turkey out of NATO? It wouldn’t be easy

Friday, October 11, 2019

Turkey’s invasion of Syria has generated widespread international condemnation, infuriated allies and raised questions about whether the country’s inclusion within NATO should be reconsidered. But even if there was consensus inside NATO about kicking Turkey out, the 70-year-old military alliance faces this key obstacle: no mechanism exists in NATO’s founding charter for revoking a state’s membership. While Article 13 in NATO’s Washington Treaty offers a way for a county to…