Posts published in Day: November 21, 2019

Is growing economy making Lithuanians happier?

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Despite growing incomes, Lithuanians’ life satisfaction has decreased over the last five years, Eurostat data shows. What may be the reasons? “Let’s recall that the average net wage in Lithuania grew almost 44 percent between 2013 and 2018, pensions and social benefits increased, people’s bank deposits are through the roof,” economist Laura Galdikienė of the Bank of Lithuania commented on Facebook. “The decreasing life satisfaction is simply paradoxical.” Lithuanians remain…

Six years after Maxima roof collapse in Riga, victims’ families frustrated

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Six years since a roof collapse in a Maxima supermarket in Riga claimed 54 lives, the guilty ones are yet to be brought to justice. The lengthy criminal proceedings have frustrated the victims’ families, Latvia’s public broadcaster LSM reports. “I don’t like that the job is left unfinished, the process should be much faster,” Ineta Jakovele, whose daughter Elga died in the accident, told Latvian Radio. The roof of the…

Sending Lithuanian troops to Syria an option, but won’t happen soon

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Lithuania will keep the option of sending troops to an international operation in Syria, but does not plan to do it any time soon. This emerged on Thursday during debates on the parliament’s resolution on giving a mandate for troops to take part in international operations over the next two years. Lithuania sent military instructors to Iraq several years ago where they trained local forces to fight the Islamic State.…

Lithuanians fight for silence

By Tomas Benokraitis on Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Ministry of Defence of Denmark has made an important decision supporting human rights of Danish citizens. Thus, Denmark’s new fleet of F-35s, which are to replace the F-16s currently in use, will arrive at Skrydstrup air base in South Jutland starting in 2023. When the new air force is finally ready, far more neighbours will be bothered by the noise exceeding limit values, calculations by the Danish Defence Ministry…

Estonian Police: We take threats very seriously

Thursday, November 21, 2019

In recent weeks, several politicians and journalists have published death threats and threats of physical violence they have received. In many cases, the police do not end up identifying the constituent elements of an offense, as a result of which the person behind the threat only gets a warning from police. The police stress, however, that they take all threats about which they are notified very seriously, and the threats…

Australia fires: record-breaking temperatures fuel bushfires across the country

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Record-breaking spring temperatures helped spark and fan bushfires across the country on Thursday, forecasting a potentially devastating bushfire summer. In Victoria, 100km/h winds fanned more than 60 blazes, as an unprecedented heatwave moved north to south, drawing comparisons with the “worst conditions you’d see in February or March” from the state’s emergency services minister Lisa Neville. “This shows us what the risks will be in summer around Victoria, so we…

Ukraine knew of stalled aid far earlier than White House claims, official testifies

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ukraine raised concerns about a hold on military aid on the same day as Donald Trump’s infamous phone call with its president, a Pentagon official told the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday. The evidence from Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of defence, knocks down a key pillar of the White House’s defence: that Ukraine was unaware of the suspension of nearly $400m in security assistance until a much later date.…

From Democracy to Dictatorship in Modern Europe

By Andrew Hunter & Christina Petru on Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ceded to Soviet Premier Josef Stalin on August 23rd 1939 by the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact between Nazi Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Republic of Moldova has simultaneously struggled to wear the identity it was denied as part of the territory of what is now Romania. Approximately 50% of the population still look west for linguistic and migratory routes, favoring closer affinity with Europe. Yet a portion of…

Defence Ministers of Northern Europe discussed regional security and strengthening cooperation in Stockholm

Thursday, November 21, 2019

On November 19–20 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Defence Policy Director Robertas Šapronas are taking part in the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) and Northern Group Defence Ministers meeting in Stockholm (Sweden). The Ministers discussed the security situation in the North and the Baltic Sea regions, Nordic-Baltic Cooperation, and strengthening the regional cooperation between NATO and NATO partners. Minister R. Karoblis spoke on the regional security situation, presented proposals on the…

Relations with Ukraine and Belarus discussed at the President‘s Office

Thursday, November 21, 2019

During the Tuesday meeting with members of the Government and the Parliament, leaders of the ruling coalition and the opposition, President Gitanas Nausėda discussed topical issues of relations with Ukraine and Belarus. Participants of the first debate of this kind on Lithuania’s foreign policy issues focused on relations with Belarus. A broad consensus has been reached that a dialogue with Belarus was needed but was only possible if established red…