Posts tagged as Leader

Can Lithuania become regional leader amid Belarus crisis?

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The crisis in Belarus has become a test case for Lithuania’s role as a mediator and a regional leader, writes Monika Bičkauskaitė from the German Marshall Fund of the United States think tank. In 1989, two million people formed a human chain from Tallinn to Vilnius to demand their independence. In 2020, the Baltic Way was recreated as the Freedom Way to express solidarity with the people of Belarus. The…

Dutch Foreign Minister met with Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaja

Friday, September 25, 2020

On Thursday, Dutch Foreign Minister Stefan Blok met with Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaja in Vilnius and voiced his strong support for her aspiration to hold a new presidential election. “I gave her full support of the Dutch government and the Dutch people in the struggle for the Belarusian people to have free and fair elections,” Blok told reporters in Vilnius. Speaking after his meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas…

Lithuanian president: Lukashenko not legitimate leader of Belarus

Friday, August 14, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said in an interview with the British Sky News TV that Alexander Lukashenko is not the legitimate leader of Belarus. “You cannot call Mr Lukashenko legitimate, [because] there were no free democratic elections in Belarus,” he said in the  interview published on Thursday. Nausėda has proposed to mediate to help resolve the crisis in the neighbouring country. In a move backed by Estonia, Latvia, and Poland, Nausėda…

Lithuania’s Labour Party leader not to stand for election

Friday, July 31, 2020

Lithuania’s Labour Party has named Vigilijus Jukna, a former agriculture minister, as their lead candidate for the October parliamentary election. Meanwhile, MEP Viktor Uspaskich, the party’s chairman, will not stand in the election at all. “I see myself in the executive branch, so I’m the party’s candidate for prime minister,” Uspaskich told reporters on Thursday evening after the party’s council announced the line-up of candidates. “If the election is a…

Lithuania’s ruling party leader threatens LRT after report on minister

Friday, May 15, 2020

After LRT Investigation Team reported on alleged kickbacks received by Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič, the leader of Lithuania’s ruling party threatened to investigate LRT. If law enforcement finds no wrongdoing on behalf of the minister, Ramūnas Karbauskis said he would raise the question regarding the work of LRT Investigation Team. Karbauskis is the head of Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), which is in a ruling coalition with the Polish-minority…

Visit of the Belarus leader to Latvia discussed

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Latvian State President Egls Levits had a telephone call with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko March in which the pair discussed a future visit of the authoritarian leader to Latvia, reported the Latvian presidential press service. In what was described as a “long conversation” the pair talked about “good neighborly relations, and discussed current bilateral and international agenda issues,” a release said. LSM.LV

Who will lead the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union’s candidate list

Monday, February 3, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says he cannot give yet his answer to the offer to lead the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union’s candidate list for the upcoming general election. LVŽS leader Ramūnas Karbauskis  stepped down   as the head of the party’s political group in the Seimas on Friday. He then offered PM Skvernelis to lead the party’s candidate list in the upcoming parliamentary election. Karbauskis will also…

Latvia’s goal is to remain the Baltic leader by port cargo turnover

Friday, January 24, 2020

Latvia’s goal is to remain the Baltic leader by port cargo turnover, Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party, JKP) told journalists Thursday. The minister indicated that the Latvian ports reloaded 62.379 million tons of cargo in 2019, which is more than in the two other Baltic states. “Latvia is still the leader in terms of cargo. Our goal and ambition is to keep that position,” the transport minister said.…

Dobeles Dzirnavnieks remained leader of Latvian food industry in 2018

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Like a year before, Dobeles Dzirnavnieks grain mill remained the leader of the Latvian food and beverages industry in 2018 by turnover, according to the Latvian Business Annual Report compiled by Firmas.lv and LETA. In 2018, Dobeles Dzirnavnieks raised turnover by 3.2 percent on year to EUR 117.35 million. Like a year before, Rigas Piena Kombinats (RPK) dairy company was the second largest food company with an annual turnover of…

Ukrainian leader felt Trump pressure before taking office

Thursday, October 24, 2019

More than two months before the phone call that launched the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Ukraine’s newly elected leader was already worried about pressure from the U.S. president to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Volodymyr Zelenskiy gathered a small group of advisers on May 7 in Kyiv for a meeting that was supposed to be about his nation’s energy needs. Instead, the group spent most of the three-hour discussion…