Posts published in Baltic states

Vilnius’ foreign policy is turning into inertia

Monday, December 9, 2019

If European security rests on three pillars, Lithuania insists on hugging just one and ignoring the others, a political scientist says, arguing that continuity in Vilnius’ foreign policy is turning into inertia. The three poles of power in Europe are Germany, France and the United Kingdom, but Lithuania, it seems, is putting “all eggs into one German basket,” Eglė Murauskaitė argued during the annual Lithuanian political science conference on Friday.…

Indonesian market is open for Latvian know-how

Monday, December 9, 2019

In 2015 brothers Viesturs and Jānis Kuļikovskis decided to use Latvian know-how and technology to start Alfa Fintech Indonesia, an online P2P lending platform in the world’s fourth most populous country, where half of the population doesn’t have a bank account and only 2.4% of people have a credit card (Forbes, May 2019). While lending companies have been getting a bad rap in Latvia, when the Kuļikovskis brothers decided to enter the…

The most popular parties identified in Latvia

Monday, December 9, 2019

If the emergency Riga City Council elections were held in November, the most popular parties would be Harmony, For Development, as well as New Unity, according to opinion polls published by Factum. According to the opinion polls, Harmony would gain 24 percent support in November, followed by For Development with 17 percent support and New Unity with 16 percent support. The fourth most popular party in Riga is the National…

50 rare amber stones will be put up for bidding

Monday, December 9, 2019

50 rare amber stones will be put up for bidding in Kaliningrad. The auction can be participated both by Russians and citizens of foreign countries. Auction will hold in Kaliningrad region, Russia, where is located the world’s largest amber deposit. JSC «Kaliningrad Amber Combine» (further – KAC) is the only enterprise in Russia and the biggest one in the world which mine amber in industrial way. Auction is organized by…

Is collecting biometric data dangerous for Lithuanians?

Monday, December 9, 2019

From passport photos to accessing bank accounts with fingerprints, the use of biometrics is growing at an exponential rate. And while using your fingerprint may be easier than typing in a password, just how far is too far when it comes to biometric use, and what’s happening to your biometric data once it’s collected, especially where governments are concerned? Comparitech analyzed 50 different countries to find out where biometrics are…

Vilnius Airport puts Christmas tree made of confiscated items

Sunday, December 8, 2019

A Christmas tree decorated with knives, bullet cases and toy guns is not a prop from a Bond villain hideout, but an actual decoration in Vilnius Airport. Security guards at Vilnius International Airport decided to decorate a Christmas tree with things that are always in plentiful supply in their job, prohibited items confiscated from airport passengers. “The tree is made of knives, cartridge cases, scissors, fake guns and other prohibited…

Belarusians protest Moscow-integration deal shrouded in secrecy

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is meeting Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Saturday to discuss deeper integration. Back in Minsk, meanwhile, Belarusians are hitting the streets to protest against what they say could be a full capitulation to Moscow. A protest in Minsk on Saturday is organised by Vladimir Matskevich from the Belarusian social movement ‘Fresh Wind’. “No we are trying to surround a two-kilometre stretch in the central…

Ušakovs says he wants to start in Riga City Council snap elections

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Member of the European Parliament and ex-Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs says he is prepared to start in snap elections in Riga if they are organized, as confirmed by Harmony chairman Jānis Urbanovičs. When asked how the party views such a decision from Ušakovs, Urbanovičš said he will not comment the situation within the party. «We will pull through,» he added. When asked if Harmony could start in snap elections…

Trevor Noah mocks Trump’s ‘looser table’ with Nausėda and other NATO ‘two percenters’

Saturday, December 7, 2019

After calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-faced,” US President Donald Trump decided to make some new friends, according to the popular US talk show host, Trevor Noah. In the Daily Show on Wednesday, Noah said Trump “decided to go home early” after being mocked by state leaders, seen in a  video   that circulated widely around the world. “But before he left,” said Noah, Trump “tried to get back…

‘He’s gonna be our star’ – EC vice president praises Lithuanian EU commissioner

Saturday, December 7, 2019

In his first press conference as European commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius presented the European  Environment   Agency’s State of the  Environment   Report on Thursday. The conference began with praise from EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans who said the Lithuanian commissioner would be “one of our stars”. “You know me by now […] but you are gonna get a lot of this guy,” Timmermans told reporters pointing at Sinkevičius. “He’s gonna be…