Posts tagged as Baltics

‘Don’t look it in the eye’. What to do if you spot a bear in the Baltics

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Latvia has published recommendations for what to do in case you spot a bear. Up to 30 of them are awakening from their winter slumber across the border from Lithuania. “Currently in Latvia there are an estimated 20 to 30 bears in the wild, and specialists have assessed that our bear population is slowly returning, but there hasn’t yet been official confirmation that bears are breeding on Latvian territory,” said…

Eager to restart tourism, Central Europe takes cue from Baltics

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Baltics have created the first “travel bubble” in the EU, opening borders to each other’s citizens. Now other countries, looking to restart their tourism, look for similar solutions, Emerging Europe reports. Restarting travel and tourism in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is the next headache facing governments across Central and Eastern Europe, particularly those in which tourism accounts for a large percentage of economic activity, such as Croatia,…

Will breaching EU sanctions be the end for Kremlin media in Baltics?

By Holger Roonemaa on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

An alleged breach of EU sanctions, and a possible fine of up to 10 million euros, casts doubt on the future of Baltic Media Alliance, one of the largest media holdings in the Baltic countries focusing on local Russian-speaking audiences. “Today we are saying goodbye to our viewers. Every evening for 16 years, you were with us, between 50 and 200 thousand people. I, Julia Plyen, having spent 16 years…

A month of state of emergency in Latvia. What is the number of COVID-19 cases in Baltics?

Monday, April 13, 2020

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 infection cases in Latvia has reached 653, increasing by 2 new cases in the past day. Lithuania, meanwhile, reports 1 062 infection cases. The latest information from Estonia reports a total of 1 332 confirmed COVID-19 infection cases. 27 people in Estonia have died from the virus so far. 102 people in this country have recovered from the infection. The number of deaths caused…

Coronavirus in Baltics

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The three  Baltic states   had confirmed a total of 753 cases of the novel  coronavirus   infection by Tuesday noon, based on the latest figures from official institutions collected by BNS. Lithuania: 187 cases confirmed; 2,734 people tested; one death.  Latest: The government announced on Tuesday that all returnees will be placed in a 14-day isolation at municipal accommodation. The proposal to also place those diagnosed with Covid-19 and…

Baltics and Poland give “unequivocal support” to EU hopes of North Macedonia and Albania

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Senior officials from the Baltic states and Poland on March 5 released a joint statement voicing their full backing for the European Union membership hopes of countries in the western Balkans. The statement was released at the end of a joint visit to the region and is reproduced below. We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as well as the Estonian Undersecretary for European Affairs, having…

Baltics among freest countries in Central Europe as region faces challenges

Thursday, March 5, 2020

While Baltic states enjoy relatively stable freedoms, democracy and pluralism are under assault around the world, the Freedom in the World 2020 report of US-based international NGO Freedom House has found. Authoritarianism and illiberal populism remaining key challenges to overcome in Europe and Eurasia. The annual  report   measures civil liberties and political rights in 195 countries and 15 territories. In Central and Eastern Europe, a number of countries are…

Biggest book fair in Baltics kicks off in Vilnius

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The international Vilnius Book Fair kicked off in Vilnius on Thursday with a special focus on the Lithuanian legendary artist Jonas Mekas. Over 500 different talks, presentations and various events are held during the four opening days, attracting more than 60,000 visitors, according to the press release. In line with this year’s focus on Jonas Mekas and his words, “you should live without formulas [and] be open to the world,”…

NATO battalion in Baltics would be ready to act – interview

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The German-led NATO battalion in Lithuania, a “NATO buffer state”, would have the determination to act, Lithuania’s Chief of  Defence   Valdemaras Rupšys told BNS in an interview. “I think there would be enough determination and will to use [the battalion]. This is guaranteed by their military commanders and not even called into question,” he said. According to Rupšys, the geographical proximity to Russia poses additional challenges, including cybersecurity, to…

2020: From the Middle East to the Baltics: Geopolitical forecasts in light of US-Iran conflict

By Augusts Augustiņš on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Political experts are divided in their geopolitical forecasts for 2020, with opinions differing on the direction and dynamism: from a global nuclear war to Belarus becoming part of the Russian-initiated Union State. But one thing the majority of experts can agree on is that this will be an eventful year. With experts I mean mainly those Russian political experts and bloggers who were forced to emigrate to escape repressions and…