Posts published in Baltic states

Debate over basic school exams legislation reaches impasse

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Cultural Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu has reached an impasse in debates regarding proposed changes to the Basic Schools and Upper Secondary Schools Act and will be postponing making any decisions regarding the matter. Members of the committee don’t understand why there is interest in making the civics exam mandatory if only 15 students have taken it in order to gain Estonian citizenship. Under discussion in the committee was…

Russia is ready to discuss the reduction of tension in the Baltic Sea

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Moscow is ready to discuss ways to reduce tensions in the Baltic Sea at the Russia-NATO Council and bilaterally with the countries of the region, director of the Second European Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergey Belyaev said. “We invariably emphasize our readiness to discuss ways to reduce tensions in the Baltic region both in the format of the Russia-NATO Council and bilaterally with all interested countries”, –  he…

Commander of the National Armed Forces called threats to Latvia

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In its defense concept, Latvia should not assume that it can have only one potential opponent, said Leonids Kalnins, Commander of the National Armed Forces (NAF), in an interview with Defense Ministry’s Sargs.lv portal. He explained in the interview that in recent years Latvia’s neighbor Russia has demonstrated its readiness to use military force to shift its territorial borders. Despite aggressive actions by this neighboring country in recent years, Latvia…

E-voting reform in Estonia

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The new foreign trade and IT minister should consider the constitutional aspect of e-voting as it has turned out by now that the Riigikogu decision from 2005 that admitted constitutional infringement but said it was less important that anticipated positive effect on voter turnout has proved inaccurate, MEP Jaak Madison writes. The Centre Party, Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) and Isamaa designated as an item of their coalition agreement reforming e-voting…

Lithuanian FM said about “a problematic period” in NATO

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

“A problematic period”: that’s how Lithuania’s foreign minister has described the lack of co-ordination within NATO that recently led French President Emmanuel Macron to decry the transatlantic military alliance as suffering from “brain death”. Linas Linkevicius has told FRANCE 24 that “rumours about the death of NATO are strongly exaggerated”, insisting – like Angela Merkel – that problems can be “overcome”. Asked about US-EU relations over NATO, the Lithuanian foreign minister warned against “questionable initiatives” and…

Russia wants Estonia to relinquish its territorial claims

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Russia wants Estonia to relinquish its territorial claims before moving forward with the ratification of the border treaty between the two countries, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. “We expect our Estonian partners to abide by their commitments on ratification, including the abandonment of any political additions,” said Sergey Belyaev, Director of the Second European Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, in an interview with RIA Novosti .…

The head of Lithuania’s government says Abromavičius may be stripped of Lithuanian citizenship

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Lithuania’s PM demands interior ministry explain legality of Abromavičius retaining Lithuanian citizenship. Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has demanded that the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania publicly explain whether former Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and incumbent Director General of state-owned Military-Industrial Concern Ukroboronprom Aivaras Abromavičius is still a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania. “If there are doubts about the legality of…

Ukraine and Lithuania have a common stand for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

On November 18, Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk met with Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania Viktoras Pranckietis. During the meeting, the parties discussed the state and prospects of Ukraine-Lithuania cooperation and greater interaction between the countries. “We highly appreciate the support of Lithuania. It is critical for Ukraine to have strong partners and to feel their support within the EU. In particular, we express gratitude…

Lithuanian universities ‘fortresses’ competing for funds

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Lithuanian universities are like closed fortresses competing with each other for government funds, which ultimately hinders cooperation and impedes progress, say scientists at the annual World Lithuanian Symposium on Arts and Sciences taking place in Kaunas. Gediminas Karoblis, professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology says “there is a lot of inter-connected work between the various institutions in Norway”. “I think this is the path that [Lithuania] could…

President of the European Council calls Russia ‘strategic problem’

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Donald Tusk, the outgoing president of the European Council, has said that Russia has been a “strategic problem” for the EU. His comments came as a response to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who has said that the EU should restore full relations with the Russian government in order to push the peace process in Ukraine forward, according to  Emerging Europe. Making a farewell speech at the College of Europe…