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Opinion digest: Only press alone can regulate the free press

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Press executives and journalists have no excuse for allowing some kind of roundtable to take charge of the press freedom situation in Estonia — this is and must remain their job, writes political observer Martin Kala in an opinion piece originally published by daily Postimees on Sunday night. A week and a half ago, ERR ran an article announcing that Estonia’s press freedom had been ranked 11th in Reporters Without…

US military spending up as global outlay hits 31-year high

By John Vandiver on Monday, April 29, 2019

The U.S. boosted military spending last year for the first time since 2010 while Russia’s defense budget declined for the second year, according to a new report that found global military investment at a post-Cold War high. Military spending increased overall to $1.8 trillion worldwide in 2018, a 2.6% increase that put expenditures at their highest level since 1988, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported Monday. The U.S. was…

Authorities use the population of Lithuania as a human shield

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, April 29, 2019

The United States gave Lithuania more than 400 M-14 rifles, which were in service in the United States in 50s of the last century, Lithuanian Armed Forces report on their twitter. “The Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Lithuanian National Defense Volunteer Forces received upgraded US-made M-14 rifles. The project used funds of financial support from citizens allocated in 2016 and more than 400 weapons were received,” the statement said. The…

Who will succeed Dalia Grybauskaite as the head of Lithuania?

By Corinne Deloy on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The election will appoint the successor to the present President of the Republic, Dalia Grybauskaite, in office since 2009, who is completing her second term as head of Lithuana and who cannot stand again, since the Constitution forbids someone running for more than two successive mandates. Nine people are running in this election. If none of them wins more than half of the votes cast a second round will be…

Don’t Tell Russia: U.S. Forces in Europe Lack Firepower

By David Axe on Monday, April 22, 2019

U.S. forces in Europe are getting smarter and more flexible. But they still lack firepower. That’s one problem that U.S. Air Force general Tod Wolters, the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, described in a wide-ranging interview that Air Force magazine published in April 2019. U.S. president Donald Trump has nominated Wolters to head U.S. European Command, taking over from U.S. Army general Mike Scaparrotti. Wolters said EUCOM’s mobility…

Riigikogu to have last word on formation of government

By Liia Hänni on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Liia Hänni, one of the authors of the Estonian Constitution, explained that if President Kersti Kaljulaid does not task a candidate for prime minister who enjoys a majority of support in the Riigikogu with the formation of a new government, the Riigikogu can override the president’s decision and form a government on its own. Nonetheless, she believed that the president and the candidate for prime minister would reach an understanding.…

Russian S-300s used by 3 NATO member countries

By Mehmet Alaca on Saturday, April 13, 2019

Russia sold missile defense systems to 20 countries, including NATO member countries such as Bulgaria, Greece and Slovakia. ANKARA The U.S. cites concern over Ankara’s plans to purchase the Russian S-400 missile defense systems although other NATO countries had previously procured earlier generation S-300 missiles without this conflicting with their membership in the alliance. Following protracted efforts to purchase air defense systems from the U.S. with no success, Ankara decided…

To be or not to be the Baltics’ and Poland’s defender

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Usually, when we speak about the US we keep in mind its might and influence. This country plays one of the main roles in the world politics. It does its best to be the leader. Everybody used to it. Even Americans used to it. We, Europeans, take its role for granted. Very often Europeans call for the US assistance and help in politics, trade, finance and even on war issues.…

AK. Nädal: What we can expect from Kaljulaid-Putin meeting

By Astrid Kannel on Monday, April 8, 2019

This week, it was revealed to the public that President Kersti Kaljulaid will be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 18 April, when the Estonian head of state will be in town for the reopening of the Estonian Embassy. ETV news broadcast Aktuaalne kaamera. Nädal looked into what can be expected from the high-level meeting. In a press conference on Friday, Ms Kaljulaid explained that her upcoming…

Outgoing Lithuanian President Grybauskaitė: independent and tough, but lacking a vision?

By Linas Jegelevičius on Friday, April 5, 2019

With a hundred days in her Office left, President Dalia Grybauskaitė may want to heave a big sigh of relief, but analysts agree that the winding down of the presidency won’t be any easier than all those years behind. Yet, as Lithuania gears towards the presidential election on May 12, more and more analysts look back to see what political legacy the «Iron Magnolia» (this is how Grybauskaitė was dubbed…