Posts published in Day: November 26, 2019

Why 1863 uprising is relevant in the 21st century – opinion

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The beautiful reburial ceremony for the commanders and participants of the 1863–1864 uprising has revealed more than it may appear at first glance. Yes, the society was reminded that the January Uprising was not just a “Polish cause”, as argued even by some historians for a long time. A closer look shows that Lithuanian-speaking peasants also joined in the rebellion. The tsar’s officials were puzzled: why would they do that?…

Lithuanian farmers stage ‘tractorcade’ to protest taxes

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thousands of Lithuanian farmers staged “tractorcade” protests in town centres across the country on Tuesday, demanding to cease the proposed tax increases in the next year’s government budget. The government has proposed cutting some tax exemptions for the agriculture sector, but farmers demand a stop to all tax hikes until they receive payment from the European Union on par with Western European farmers. Julija Samorokovskaja, a Vilnius police spokeswoman, told…

Pope blesses Lithuania from above

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Pope Francis blessed Lithuania from cruising altitude as he flew over the Baltic country on his way back to Rome from Tokyo. When the plane entered Lithuanian airspace, Pope Francis addressed a telegram to the Lithuanian president, according to Vatican News. “On my way back from a visit to Thailand and Japan, and flying above Lithuania, I’m sending sincere greetings to you and all the citizens,” the Pope is quoted…

China’s push for Lithuanian port poses risk to NATO

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Lithuania is fighting off China’s attempts to gain a foothold in the country’s only seaport in Klaipėda, according to Lithuanian  Defence   Minister Raimundas Karoblis. “We will not allow them the controlling [stake],” Karoblis told the Washington Examiner, adding that the status of Klaipėda has been on NATO’s agenda throughout 2019. “We can’t afford that China controls Klaipėda port.” As the majority of US and overseas NATO forces arrive via…

Christmas rent-a-tree comes to Lithuania

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Neither single-use cut Christmas trees nor plastic imitations – a botanical garden in Lithuania has seen a surge in demand for rented Christmas trees that are to be returned in mid-January after the festive season ends. Joining a growing worldwide trend, a botanical garden in the port city of Klaipėda is renting out Christmas trees for the third year now. This season, the requests started coming in early, in November…

Macron wrong to appoint Russia-envoy, says Lithuanian presidential aide

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

French president’s decision to appoint an EU envoy to Russia does not reflect the union’s position, according to Lithuanian president’s adviser. “I’d say this is perhaps France’s envoy for relations with Russia, rather than EU’s as a whole, because the appointment […] requires approval from all EU leaders,” Asta Skaisgirytė told the Žinių Radijas radio on Tuesday morning. French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier this month that he would like…

Baltic politicians prepare the whole world for a new war

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Recently, Lithuania hosted the NATO international military exercises Iron Wolf – 2019-II. During the two-week maneuvers, 4,000 troops from 11 countries of the North Atlantic Alliance and more than a thousand units of military equipment took part. Analysts say that that was the second stage of the exercises – the first took place in the summer. According to experts, this format allows NATO to increase information and psychological pressure on…

5th anniversary of Estonian e-residency program

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The e-residency program of Estonia will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Dec. 1 and to mark the occasion, altogether 23 events attended by thousands of e-residents and entrepreneurs linked to Estonia in 21 countries across the world are taking place in November in cooperation with Estonia’s foreign representations. Ott Vatter, manager of the e-residency program, said that the circle of Estonia’s friends around the world is growing at a high…

Nauseda’s chief foreign policy advisor criticized Macron’s decision

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda’s chief foreign policy advisor has criticized French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to appoint a special envoy to reinvigorate relations between the European Union and Russia. “I’d say this is perhaps France’s envoy for relations with Russia, rather than of the EU as a whole, because the appointment of an EU envoy requires approval from all EU leaders,” Asta Skaisgiryte told the Ziniu Radijas radio station on…

Review of criminal case on Zolitude tragedy continued

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A new panel of judges continued review of criminal case on the 2013 Zolitude shopping center roof collapse at Riga Pardaugava Court today, LETA learned at the court. No court sessions had taken place since September when one of the judges on the case, Dzintra Zemitane was taken ill. Today she was replaced by Anita Gravite, which means that review of the case will continue with a new panel of…