Posts tagged as Coalition

Harmony and GKR sign coalition agreement after reaching compromise

Monday, August 19, 2019

Harmony and Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) have finally reached a comprise and signed a coalition agreement, representatives of the two political parties announced after a meeting on Monday. As a result of this, Olegs Burovs (GKR), who is running for the post of Riga mayor, can count on 35 votes, including 11 from his GKR party, 17 from Harmony, four from the Group of Independent Councilmen and three from…

Coalition agreed on pension reform bill, differ on ensuing pension hike

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The coalition government came to an agreement Monday night to carry out pension reform in one move, with money saved contributing to a pension hike, ERR’s online news in Estonian reports. The issue has seen some differences of opinion on making a pensions hike contingent on the bill, however, with Centre and EKRE broadly speaking in favor of this, and Isamaa more sceptical. Making the so-called second pillar of the…

It is normal for coalition parties to fight for their interests, but it is important for these efforts not to become destructive

Thursday, July 25, 2019

It is normal for coalition parties to fight for their interests, but it is important for these efforts not to become destructive, the deputy head of the National Alliance’s group at Saeima Janis Dombrava told LETA, commenting the recent disagreements within the coalition. The politician said that political organizations usually try to draw attention to themselves, but that he hopes that the productive work of the coalition will continue. He…

Lithuanian president to nominate Skvernelis for PM after courtesy resignation

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lithuania’s new President Gitanas Nauseda is expected to nominate on Thursday Saulius Skvernelis for reappointment as prime minister by the parliament. Skvernelis returned his Cabinet’s powers to Nauseda after he was sworn in as president last Friday. The procedure, which is sometimes called “courtesy resignation”, is envisaged in the Constitution. On Thursday, Skvernelis is expected to answer questions from lawmakers, with a vote on his reappointment planned for next Tuesday.…

Lithuanian parlt speaker faces no-confidence vote after his party approves coalition deal

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, faces a no-confidence vote in the parliament to remove him from office after the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) has approved a new coalition agreement. In an open ballot vote on Monday evening, the LFGU council supported the agreement with 68 votes in favor, one against and seven abstentions, Ramunas Karbauskis, the party’s leader, told reporters in Kaunas. “We can say this…

Bill lifting election campaigning restrictions ready for cabinet discussion

Monday, July 8, 2019

A bill aimed at removing the ban on outdoor pre-election political campaign advertising has been drafted by the justice ministry, Baltic News Service reports. Proponents of the bill say it more accurately reflects the present-day realities of elections in Estonia, compared with the existing legislation, which predates social media and some other developments. The bill, which would also lift restrictions on active election campaigning on polling day, is to be…

Lithuania: Coalition expansion talks completed, Vilnius University up in global rankings

Monday, June 24, 2019

Last week, four parliamentary parties continued coalition negotiations, two men were sentenced for spying for Russia, Government vowed to reduce shadow income in construction and car sale sectors. Coalition negotiators complete talks, fail to agree on child benefit Representatives of four parties in Lithuania, holding negotiations on a future ruling coalition, said on Thursday, June 20, they have completed their work, acknowledging, however, their failure to agree on the child…

Angela Merkel promises stability in spite of Social Democratic Party losing their leader

Monday, June 3, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the government coalition will continue working in spite of the fact that Social Democratic Party’s leader Andrea Nahles has decided to step down, BBC reports. «I would like to say on behalf of the government, we will continue the government’s work with all seriousness. We will above all do it with a great sense of responsibility,» Merkel said. Angela Merkel said she respects Nahles’ «far…

Coalition crisis in Lithuania

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Social Democratic Labor Party of Lithuania and the Order and Justice party are halting their coalition agreement with the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union. “There’s no ruling coalition now. We have to start negotiations. We will start everything from scratch. We want to sign a party agreement,” SDLP leader Gediminas Kirkilas told LETA/BNS. “We are temporarily halting the coalition agreement as a negotiating group will gather to agree on…

Estonian poll: Support for Reform increased throughout coalition negotiations

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A poll commissioned by the Institute for Societal Studies and carried out by Norstat has the Reform Party at 33.4% voter approval, 12.6 points ahead of outgoing Prime Minister Jüri Ratas’ Centre Party. Although Reform wasn’t part of coalition negotiations over the last few weeks, the party’s popularity has since increased every week, the poll showed. While Reform is in the lead with its 33.4%, the Centre Party, though still…