Posts published in Day: January 8, 2020

#Voices – Iranian in Lithuania: ‘people are tired of this daily pressure’

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Shabrang Asrami, an Persian language and history teacher from Iran living in Lithuania, has told LRT English that her friends and family in Iran, regardless of whether they support or oppose the regime, are “really tired and angry”.  #Voices – a project by LRT English looking at important, controversial, or overlooked topics from the perspective of Lithuanian diaspora or expats in the country.  “When I’m in contact with professors, family…

Dombrovskis: “Peace, stability and prosperity can no longer be taken for granted”

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

“We have a presidential election coming up in the United States. Trade tensions continue and the future of the World Trade Organization hangs in the balance after its top court shut down. Closer to home, the UK is about to leave the European Union. The world is undergoing changes of a magnitude that will have a profound impact on Europe’s position in the international arena,” the former Lavian prime minister…

“Latvian Literature” spends almost 140 000 euros publishing works abroad

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

“We hope to find works of Latvian literature even more publishers from Europe and the world’s biggest languages, bring industry media journalists and large literature festival organizers to Latvia, attract even more translators to our literature and surprise book fair guests with new #iamintrovert campaign activities,” said Latvian Literature Representative Juta Pīrāga. “Latvian Literature” also organizes participation in international book markets and industry events. Platform representatives are very excited about…

Venckienė case goes to court following US extradition

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Prosecutors have concluded their pre-trial investigation in the case of Neringa Venckienė, a former judge and parliament member who was extradited from the United States last year. “Prosecutors are closing yet another pre-trial investigation and […] prosecutor Darius Jakutis has already drawn up the indictment in the case in which Venckienė’s status has changed from suspect to defendant,” Darius Valkavičius, a chief prosecutor at Kaunas Regional Prosecutor’s Office, said at…

Entire Baltic stock market to suffer from Grigeo pollution scandal – economist

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The entire Baltic stock market might be affected after a subsidiary of a publicly traded Lithuanian company was accused of polluting the Curonian Lagoon, says Žygimantas Mauricas, a chief economist at Luminor bank. Prosecutors on Tuesday launched an investigation into Grigeo Klaipėda, a paper manufacturer, suspected of releasing untreated wastewater into the Baltic Sea bay.  Read more:  Klaipėda plant accused of polluting Lithuania’s Curonian Lagoon     Read more:  Company claims…

MP Kaiminš cold-shouldered by KPV LV party he founded

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Kaiminš, formerly a highly-regarded stage and screen actor, then the host of popular online show “Dog House”  started the KPV LV party   (originally the initials stood for  Kam Pieder Valsts?  or  Who Owns The State? ) after  he quit the Latvian Regional Alliance party  , which he virtually single-handedly got into parliament due to his personal popularity.  However, after repeating the trick when KPV LV became the joint second-largest party in Saeima…

Turkey and Russia made a deal against U.S.

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to inaugurate a new gas pipeline TurkStream, which brings Russian gas to Turkey and southern Europe via the Black Sea. Putin arrived late on Tuesday after paying a surprise visit to Syria (a key Iran ally). It should be recalled that Russia and Turkey were on opposing sides in the Syrian conflict and could be on a collision…

Lithuanian Foreign Ministry advises against travel to Iran

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday advised Lithuanian citizens against traveling to Iran. According to the ministry, the killing of Soleimani “has increased tensions in Iran and across the region” and “strengthened anti-western sentiment in Iran”. The Foreign Ministry had previously advised citizens not to go to certain parts of Iran. It updated its recommendation after Iran launched missile strikes on two Iraqi military bases housing US-led troops on Wednesday…

Some NATO Troops Begin Leaving Iraq

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The alliance, which has been training Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State, said that it would begin removing some troops after the United States killed the Iranian general Qassim Suleimani. NATO is removing some of the trainers who have been working with Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State, in the aftermath of the American killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran in Baghdad. The NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, announced on…

The new ‘geopolitical’ European Commission faces daunting challenges in 2020

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

As Europe enters 2020, the new “geopolitical” European Commission has declared its intention to make the European Union a more assertive player on the global stage. While Jean-Claude Juncker’s “political” Commission was focused on domestic affairs, new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has put geopolitical challenges front and center. But for her approach to work, she has some important homework to address. First on the list will be to…