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Lithuania picks Eurovision hopeful – video

Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Roop will represent Lithuania at the Eurovision finals in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on May 12–16. In the national finals on Friday in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second city, the jury and the general public voted overwhelmingly in favour of the song On Fire by The Roop. They led the popular vote by a large margin – with 34,585 votes, The Roop outpaced the runner-by Monique who scored 10,366. The band was…

Litvak family’s journey to independence – opinion

Saturday, February 15, 2020

As Lithuania dedicates 2020 to the country’s Jewish heritage, Ada Alejūnaitė presents the remarkable story of Eunice Blecker and her Litvak family that survived the shifting sands of the 20th century. The history of Lithuania‘s Jews has always been relevant to me, raising many questions as we know so little about it. During my childhood, I often visited the old Jewish cemetery in Šiaulėnai and I kept wondering – are…

Finance Ministry revises 2020 growth forecast downwards

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Latvia’s Finance Ministry (FM) said February 14 it was revising its growth projection for 2020 downwards. According to updated projections, Latvia’s economy will grow by 2.2% in 2020, accelerating to 2.8% in 2021 and 2022, and to 2.4% in 2023. Compared to previous projections made in June 2019, GDP growth projections for 2020 have been revised down by 0.6 percentage points, but remain unchanged for 2021 and 2022.  “Latvia’s economic growth slowed…

Danish court approves Misāne’s continued custody

Friday, February 14, 2020

A Copenhagen court on February 14 ruled that Latvian citizen Kristīne Misāne should remain in custody pending an extradition request in place from South Africa, where she will face charges of kidnapping, document forgery and other charges. The case has caused considerable controversy in Latvia, as previously reported by LSM. Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the court ruling wirh a statement expressing its “incomprehension” and suggesting the ruling was against…

Trump, Putin congratulate Lithuania on Independence Restoration Day

Friday, February 14, 2020

US and Russian presidents were among foreign leaders to congratulate Lithuania in the run up to the country’s Independence Restoration Day on February 16. On February 16, 1918 Lithuanian leaders signed the Act of Lithuania’s Independence, setting the legal framework for the modern Lithuanian state. “From the singing human chain of the Baltic Way […] in 1989, to the declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, to the…

Return to Valmiera: Now I’m a millionaire!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valmiera native Jānis Uzāriņš has returned to Latvia after seven years in England, and regaining the feeling of home along with his family and career makes him feel like a millionaire, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 13. Uzāriņš returned to his property management company that maintains city territories during the summer and mows the grass, but during the winter they clear the snow and do additional jobs.…

Lithuania’s independence act signed by partisans located in Vilnius

Friday, February 14, 2020

Staff at the special archives located the original independence document signed by Lithuanian partisans on February 16, 1949. On February 16, 1949, the Council of the Movement of the Struggle for Freedom of Lithuania (LLKS), which led the armed resistance to the Soviet occupation, signed the declaration to restore an independent democratic state.  Read more:  Lithuania gives proper burial to last anti-Soviet resistance leader    In late 2019, an undisclosed…

Baltic states mull joint deposit recycling system

Friday, February 14, 2020

A meeting of Baltic Assembly committees in Tallinn February 14 focused on the circular economy and digital cooperation, with the possibility of a unified recycling system for all three Baltic states among the subejects discussed. The joint meeting of the Economics, Energy and Innovation Committee and the Natural Resources and Environment Committee of the Baltic Assembly (BA), where circular economy and digital issues are discussed as economic cooperation of the Baltic States, was…

Competition: Flixbus will find the Baltic market difficult

Friday, February 14, 2020

Competitors believe Europe’s largest coach operator Flixbus will have a hard time on the Baltic market as international lines have to compete with cheap airline tickets. Operators have dialed back Tallinn-Berlin lines as they have not proved profitable. Flixbus founded Flixbus Estonia OÜ in December of last year. The company is run by Michal Jakub Leman and Nikolai Alexandrovic Voitiouk-Blum. Flixbus plans to launch long-distance lines from Tallinn to Central…

National Bolshevik Beness Aijo asks Putin to grant him political asylum

Friday, February 14, 2020

National Bolshevik activist Beness Aijo, who several years ago fled Latvia to join Kremlin-backed separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine, has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to grant him political asylum and said he has been released after a brief detention in Russia. In his statement to the press, written in Russian, Aijo says that Russian authorities have released him from custody. The activist attributes his release to support from the…