Posts published in Day: November 11, 2020

Social Democratic group in parliament elects new leader after poor election performance

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Algirdas Sysas will replace Gintautas Paluckas as the head of the Social Democratic fraction at the Lithuanian parliament, following the Social Democratic Party’s poor performance in the country’s October parliamentary elections. In the vote for leadership on Wednesday, seven members of the group backed Sysas for a one-year term as the group’s head and six supported Paluckas. The group decided to propose Paluckas for vice-speaker of the Seimas. Gintautas Paluckas,…

Rebound interrupted: second wave in Lithuania threatens economic outlook

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Lithuania was the only euro area member state that did not see real GDP decline in the first quarter of the year. However, the second wave of the pandemic threatens the economic recovery across Europe, writes Craig Turp-Balazs at Emerging Europe. Economic activity in Europe suffered a severe shock in the first half of the year and rebounded strongly in the third quarter as containment measures were gradually lifted. However, the…

Social Democrats elect new leader after poor performance in Lithuanian elections

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Algirdas Sysas will replace Gintautas Paluckas as the head of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania after it saw a lackluster performance in the country’s October parliamentary elections. In the vote for leadership on Wednesday, seven members of the group backed Sysas for a one-year term as the group’s head and six supported Paluckas. The group decided to propose Paluckas for vice-speaker of the Seimas. “It was decided that Algirdas…

Does the law protect all groups of society against violence?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Following the attack against professor, culture researcher Deniss Hanovs and his partner, discussions arose whether all groups of society are legally protected from violence, Latvian Radio reported November 11. Last Sunday evening, a  homophobia-motivated attack   was carried out against Rīga Stradiņš University professor Deniss Hanovs, which also featured threats of rape. The police explained that the law states that a case may be initiated regarding the expression of a threat of rape…

Latvian film “Blizzard of Souls” will be aired on HBO

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The film Dvēseļu putenis (Blizzard of Souls) continues its way into the world: next year, the historical war drama will be aired on the TV channel HBO, representatives said October 30. Starting January 1 next year, the national 123-minute version of the film will be able to be viewed throughout Central Europe. So far, an agreement to play the film has also been concluded with distributors in Korea, Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the…

Lithuania’s nuclear watchdog urges European regulators to act against Belarus’ NPP

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Lithuanian State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) has demanded that European nuclear safety regulators suspend the commissioning of Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear plant until all safety issues have been resolved.  The Astravyets plant, located some 50 kilometres from Vilnius and considered unsafe by Lithuania, suffered an incident and ceased generating electricity on November 8, less than a week after it was launched on November 3. According to a press release…

Four Harju County post offices reduce opening hours due to staff shortages

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Four post offices in Tallinn and Harju County will temporarily close or shorten their opening hours this month as they cannot find replacements for infected or quarantined employees. The post offices affected are: Finest’s business building on Pärnu maantee in Tallinn will open only from Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. until the end of this week. The post office at Toompea, Tallinn will be closed until…

Britain sentences teenager who ‘advised’ Lithuanian neo-Nazi terrorist

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

On November 6, Britain sentenced a teenager who “advised” a Lithuanian neo-Nazi, who planted a bomb outside Western Union offices in Vilnius in September last year. According to the Coventry Telegraph newspaper, 17-year-old Paul Dunleavy “sent how-to manuals and gave advice on building viable guns to other far-right extremists”. The British law enforcement infiltrated an online chat where Dunleavy gave “significant advice and encouragement” to other neo-Nazi members of the group.…

Lithuanian president thanks Poland ‘for defence of democratic values’ in Eastern Europe

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

On Wednesday, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and Prime Minister Saulius congratulated Poland on its Independence Day. In his official message of congratulation to Polish President Andrzej Dudai, Nausėda thanked Poland for “the defence of democratic values, human rights and freedoms in our neighborhood”. Nausėda also “thanked Poland for solidarity in ensuring the security of the Baltic region”, according to a statement issued by the president’s office. He also highlighted the…