Posts tagged as interests

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…

Latvian minister wants more responsibility for the state in children rights protection

Friday, July 19, 2019

The new children’s rights protection model will delegate more functions to the state, said Latvian Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča. Justice Ministry together with Welfare Minister are committed to developing a road map before the end of 2019 to suggest solutions in order to form a new institutional model for protection of children’s rights. On top of that, according to Petraviča, soon enough work will commence on the development of a…

Estonia transposes directive on protection of EU financial interests into national law

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Estonian government at a sitting on Thursday decided to amend the Penal Code and relating laws to transpose into national legislation two directives of the European Union — one on the protection of the Union’s financial interests and the other on the rights of minors who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings. By adopting the EU directives, investigating crimes with an adverse effect on the Union’s financial…

North Korea urges South to stop mediating between North, US

Thursday, June 27, 2019

North Korea said Thursday that South Korea must stop trying to mediate between Pyongyang and Washington, as it stepped up its pressure on the United States to work out new proposals to salvage deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. The North Korean statement was an apparent continuation of its displeasure with Seoul and Washington over the stalled diplomacy. But there are no signs that North Korea would formally abandon talks anytime soon as…

Prime Minister: Common Lithuania-Estonia interests will be defended

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis met with Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas to discuss the development of the bilateral cooperation in the political, economic and other fields. The Prime Minister noted the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, where people showed that violence and forced policy were not acceptable in international relations. 23 August is marked in Europe as a day of remembrance for the victims of totalitarian regimes. It…

Snap elections in Riga would be better than two more years of torment

Monday, June 10, 2019

Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) party is ready for snap elections in the Latvian capital city and considers such a scenario to be better than “two more years of torment”, Riga vice mayor and GKR board member Olegs Burovs says in an interview published in today’s issue of Neatkariga. Commenting on his party’s relations with coalition partner Harmony, Burovs said that during the 2013 elections the two parties were like…

How to advance European security against Russia

By Stephen Blank on Monday, June 3, 2019

European security is much in the news today. Brexit, EU parliamentary elections, unresolved issues in the Balkans, Russia’s unremitting war on European integration and democracy, and Ukraine make it easy to surrender to pessimism about Europe. But this despair is unwarranted and antithetical to U.S. and European interests in democracy, integration and security. Moreover, there are mechanisms available through which European governments, institutions and the U.S. can advance their shared…

Lithuanian businessman charged with large-scale fraud in Russia

Monday, June 3, 2019

Lithuanian businessman Vidmantas Kucinskas says he has no knowledge of large-scale fraud charges against him in Russia. Russia’s Alfa Bank is trying to recoup a debt of around 20 million euros from Kucinskas through courts, and the latter believes the bank might try to employ such tactics to bolster its position during the negotiations on the their dispute’s out-of-court settlement, launched some six months ago. According to Laurynas Lukosiunas, a…

Trump – U.S. will respond with ‘great force’ if Iran attacks interests

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would be met with “great force” if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East, and government sources said Washington strongly suspects Shi’ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone. “I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening…

The main Latvian foreign policy issues is the protection of its interests

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

During a meeting today, President Raimonds Vejonis and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) were in agreement that the main foreign policy issues at the moment is the protection of Latvia’s interests in EU budget talks, Brexit and the upcoming European Parliament elections. As LETA was informed by the Presidential Chancery, Vejonis met with Rinkevics to discuss the work of the Foreign Ministry and his priorities. The two sides were…