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Conversation with a politologist about voters in Latvia and stupid re-emigration plans

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Among the new political parties in Latvia, only the New Conservative Party has chances of entering the 13th Saeima. Ratings of the Union of Greens and Farmers were not affected by the published oligarch talks. Unity will have recovered prior to elections, raising its rating to 5%, as BNN was told by politologist and University of Latvia Assoc. Prof. Ojārs Skudra. Skudra notes that the main change when compared to…

Unity: there are municipalities, in which heads of administration think they are kings

Thursday, April 19, 2018

During their meeting with Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards, members of Unity’s Saeima faction concluded that there is still a lot of work left on the road towards enhancing democratic principles in municipal administrations. Unity members urged the minister to immediately cancel the new rules adopted by Riga City Council that limit deputies’ rights to ask questions during meetings, as reported by the party. «Democracy is…

President: Estonia needs uniform e-state policy

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The National Defense Council that convened at the invitation of the president focused on the lessons from the ID-card crisis and issues concerning the future of the e-state, while other topics discussed also included the need for a technological development leap as well as issues related to ethics and security of the e-state, the president’s office said. One of the main issues discussed at the meeting was the need to…

Charges in Lithuania’s political corruption case – bribes for laws, procurement, posts

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The authorities emphasized that the probe disclosed corruption schemes when business figures seeking favorable decisions aimed to influence or influenced key politicians or political parties.\ The political corruption case involving MG Baltic, the Liberal Movement and the Labor Party should go to court on Wednesday, Martynas Jovaisa, senior prosecutor in charge of organized crime and corruption at the Prosecutor General’s Office, told a news conference. “We think that we will…

Lithuania elected as member of UNICEF Executive Board

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lithuania has been elected as a member of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for the next three-year term, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday.  Other states elected to the 2019-2021 Executive Board are Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Djibouti, Cameroon, Canada, Luxembourg, Morocco, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan and France. Lithuania has contributed 284,000 euros to support UNICEF’s life-saving work in 2014 to 2018, the ministry said…

Amateur Archaeologists Find Hundreds Of Viking Artifacts In Baltics

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Two amateur archaeologists’ find led to the discovery of hundreds of Viking artifacts in the Baltics, according to officials Monday. Amateur archaeologists Rene Schoen and Luca Malaschnitschenko,13, discovered an ancient coin through use of a metal detector in January. This find led to an archaeologist excavation of hundreds of Viking era silver coins and jewelry over the weekend, according to the New York Post. The artifacts are approximately 1,000 years old from the…

Barbara Bush dead at 92: Husband George H.W ‘held her hand until the very end’

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bush was the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush. The Bush family had announced in a statement on April 15 that she was in failing health and had decided not to seek further medical treatment. She reportedly had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart problems in recent years. “He held her hand all day today and was…

Air passengers in Latvia – the most passive in Baltics in terms of complaint submission

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Latvia is behind Estonia and Lithuania when it comes to the number of compensation requests, as reported by Skycop flight compensation processing company. Data compiled by the company shows that there had been a rapid climb of the number of compensations submitted in Baltic States in Q4 2017. «In 2017, Baltic residents became more educated about their rights as airline passengers. As problems with flights become an everyday occurrence, more…

Croatia ratifies convention on women’s rights despite protests

Monday, April 16, 2018

Croatian lawmakers have backed a treaty safeguarding women and girls in the face of right-wing and Catholic opposition. Critics of the Istanbul Convention argue that it will indirectly legalize gay marriage. Croatia’s parliament on Friday voted 110-30 in favor of ratifying the Istanbul Convention, the world’s first binding treaty on preventing and fighting violence against women. The convention, agreed in 2011, has now been ratified by 29 countries, including 18…