Posts tagged as crisis

Delegates of Baltic states leave PACE session in protest

Thursday, June 27, 2019

In protest against restoration of voting rights for Russian delegation, delegations of the Baltic states and four other countries cut short their participation in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and return home to consult on further actions with their governments and parliaments. Delegations of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Georgia, Poland and Slovakia said in their statement: “The unconditional restoration of the Russian…

News Ukraine will join EU in 2025-2027, Rada speaker says

Monday, June 10, 2019

Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Andrey Paruby has said that Ukraine stands a good chance of joining the European Union between 2025 and 2027. Mr Paruby’s statement comes after the speakers of the parliaments of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine signed a joint resolution during the an inter-parliamentary assembly in Kyiv. “It was very important for us that the action plan we have agreed on includes [the provisions] that we will…

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…

Lithuanian govt to turn to prosecutors over financial watchdogs’ actions during crisis

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lithuania’s government has decided to ask the Prosecutor General’s Office to evaluate the then financial watchdogs’ actions during the financial crisis, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Monday. The move follows the presentation by Stasys Jakeliunas, chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Budget Finance, of the ongoing parliamentary investigation into the 2009 economic crisis, being carried out by an ad-hoc commission he chairs. Jakeliunas informed the government about its progress…

Venezuela crisis: Russian troops in Caracas threaten US intervention plans

Monday, March 25, 2019

Vladimir Putin has flown Russian troops into crisis-torn Venezuela, as the United States dithers over the need for intervention. Two Russian aircraft have landed in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, offloading cargoes of troops and military equipment. It’s President Putin’s latest play on the world stage, after blindsiding the US with its intervention in Syria and Ukraine. Venezuela is in crisis. Its currency is virtually worthless as hyperinflation spins out…

EU migration commissioner: Bloc’s migration crisis is behind us

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The immigration crisis to the European Union has ended, believes the migration commissioner, who also stated that the issue in combination with misinformation could still prevail in this spring’s European Parliamentary election. Belgian news portal EurActiv reports that EU’s Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos addressed reporters on Wednesday, March 6, when he said: «The times of crisis, when hundreds of thousands were coming by sea to Italy and Greece are behind…

Pakistan considering returning captured Indian pilot, as Trump hints at de-escalation

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Pakistan said on Thursday that it was considering returning a captured Indian pilot, as U.S. President Donald Trump said American mediation was helping to defuse a crisis between the two nuclear powers a day after both downed enemy jets. The pilot, identified by Islamabad as Wing Commander Abhi Nandan, became the human face of the latest flare-up following the release of videos showing him being captured and later held in…

“The EU as a Global Actor: Not Today, Maybe Tomorrow”

By Piret Kuusik on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Politico Brussels Playbook wrote that 4 February 2019 might go down in the history books as a “fatal blow … to the EU’s attempts to be taken seriously on a global stage”. Agreement on the joint statement of the EU–Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting was blocked by Hungary. The EU was unable to adopt a joint position on Venezuela because Italy disagreed, leading to a collection of individual member states endorsing…

In event of crisis, EDF may utilise thousands of private vehicles

Monday, February 11, 2019

On the basis of various registries, Estonia’s Defence Resources Agency (KRA) has screened out some 2,700 vehicles and machinery, the owners of which will soon receive a notice indicating that their vehicle or machine is well suited to fulfil a task of national importance in the event of war, reported daily Postimees. Vehicles and machines belonging to private individuals and businesses alike may qualify to be included on the state’s…

Latvian municipalities had worst budget deficit in 2018 since crisis

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Latvian municipalities have finished the year 2018 with a combined budget deficit of 150.5 million euros, which is the largest such deficit since the economic and finance crisis around ten years ago. Latvian Ministry of Finance reported that the combined budget deficit, which last year had increased by 136 million euros as compared to the year 2017, can be attributed to a surge in capital spending, prompted by active investment…