Posts tagged as Baltics

Falling audiences make it harder for media companies to grow their revenues

Friday, November 30, 2018

After a few relatively stable years, the media market in the Baltics seems to be headed for interesting times. The latest Baltic Media Health Check report shows that more than half of the most popular media saw their audiences shrink in 2017. It is becoming harder for media owners to grow sales, and the size of the Baltic advertising market is still below its 2008 level. Baltic Media Health Check is…

As Pope heads to Baltics, more attention to Catholic sex abuse

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The time, when Roman Catholic Pope Francis is set to visit the Baltics, greatly differs from the visit by Saint John Paul II in 1993. There is public resentment over the countries spending several million euros to host the trip of the pontiff and the Catholic sex abuse scandals are topic of discussion. French news agency AFP reports on Friday, September 20, that the Catholic Church is under increasing scrutiny…

Netanyahu in Baltics in search of European allies

By Arahman Akba on Saturday, August 25, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Lithuania on Thursday for a Baltic summit saying he hoped to deepen ties with eastern EU nations as Brussels blasted Israel’s plans for fresh settlements in the West Bank. Netanyahu, who has Lithuanian roots, was greeted by the Baltic country’s foreign minister at Vilnius airport. “I want to achieve a balance in the European Union’s not always friendly relations with Israel in order…

It is important that the U.S. not tolerate Moscow’s attempts to reestablish its hegemony over the Baltics

Saturday, July 28, 2018

It is important that the United States’ position is made clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his regime that Moscow’s attempts to reestablish its hegemony and authoritarian influence over the Baltics will not be tolerated, the American Latvian Association (ALA) said in a media statement. In response to the recent NATO Summit in Brussels, U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting in Helsinki with Putin and various statements made in the…

NATO sacrifices the Baltics in favor of the Black Sea

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, July 13, 2018

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the NATO’s summit in Brussels that the Alliance would improve its ability to facilitate the movement of forces in Europe, but did not plan to deploy additional units to the Baltic countries and Poland. It should be noted that the 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw was Baltic-centric, highly concentrated only on the Nordic part of the Eastern Flank. Earlier in response to Russia’s aggressive…

Allies to rehearse guarding Baltic airspace in Ramstein Alloy exercise

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Ramstein Alloy, an exercise of NATO and its partnership countries aimed at practicing guarding Baltic airspace, is to begin in Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian airspace on Tuesday. At the exercise, which is held three times per year, air force members will practice leadership and communication procedures as well as conduct air policing exercises in Baltic airspace, military spokespeople in Tallinn said on Monday. The Estonian Air Force and Ämari Air…

Swedbank, Kalev, Facebook are the most popular brands in Baltics

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Swedbank is the most popular brand in Latvia, writes LETA, according to a survey conducted by Kantar Emor. Estonia’s most popular brand is Kalev, and Lithuania’s – Facebook. In Latvia, further down the list is Samsung, Google, Nike, Maxima, Apple, Youtube, Neste, Audi and Tele2. In Estonia Kalev was followed by Youtube, ERR, Selver, Google, Swedbank, Farmi Piimatoostus, Telia, Maxima and Facebook. In Lithuania, meanwhile, Facebook was followed by Lidl,…

Massive NATO exercise starts in Poland and the Baltics

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A massive US-led military exercise involving 18,000 soldiers from 19 nations, primarily NATO members, kicked off Sunday along the alliance’s eastern border. Saber Strike 18 will take place until June 15 in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The multinational exercise, which is being held for the eighth time, “is the platform to validate our collective capability to rapidly respond to and reinforce allies in a time of crisis,” said US…

Massive NATO exercise starts in Poland and the Baltics

Monday, June 4, 2018

A massive US-led military exercise involving 18,000 soldiers from 19 nations, primarily NATO members, kicked off along the alliance’s eastern border Sunday. Saber Strike 18 will take place until June 15 in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The annual multinational exercise, which is being held for the eighth time, “is the platform to validate our collective capability to rapidly respond to and reinforce allies in a time of crisis,” said…

Czech lawmakers vote to boost army deployments in Baltics regardless of Communist protests

Monday, June 4, 2018

Czech lawmakers on Friday approved government plans to raise the number of troops on foreign missions with their NATO allies, with Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ ANO party pushing the mandate through over Communist protests on deployments in the Baltics. Babis is counting on support from the Communist Party for a new government he is forming with the Social Democrats. Before the vote, some Communist officials said their 15 lawmakers will…