Posts tagged as politicians

Vilnius University offers training to politicians

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Vilnius University will teach graduates running for parliament the “competencies necessary for a modern politician” as an “intellectual intervention” into the Seimas, according to VU rector, Artūras Žukauskas. University lecturers and staff are demanding to raise the salaries, which have been stagnant for a decade, according to Žukauskas. Some VU teachers have previously protested by starting their lectures 4.5 minutes late, representing the 10-percent raise promised but not delivered by…

EU politicians turn to “ball of snakes” to make own careers

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, October 7, 2019

Some of EU politicians are very successful in making their careers using the weak points of the European Union member states. Current tensions between Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and NATO (including EU countries) lead to the development of many expensive programs and projects that European taxpayers have to pay for. Current security situation provides a huge space for ambitious politicians. Those, in turn, involve the population of European countries…

Matijosaitis, Karbauskis, Landsbergis on Lithuanian politicians’ rich list

Monday, September 23, 2019

Liudas Skierus, a member of the municipal council in the northwestern town of Plunge, and Kaunas Mayor Visvaldas Matijosaitis are the wealthiest politicians in Lithuania, according to a rich list released by the Delfi.lt online news site referred LETA/BNS. Both of them are shareholders of Viciunu Grupe (Viciunai Group), a leading Lithuanian food product group.   Skierus, whose family’s wealth is valued at 136.4 mln euros, tops the list, followed closely by Matijosaitis with…

China using influence in Estonia, Baltics

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Daily newspaper Postimees is running a series of articles about Baltic-China relations, a collaboration between journalists in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which look at how China interacts with the region and how it uses its influence in each of the three countries. The first article in the series, published on Wednesday, explored how China tries to puts pressure on Estonian politicians when it comes to relations with Taiwan and Tibet…

Kaljulaid to Foreign Policy: I hate EKRE politicians’ behavior

Friday, July 19, 2019

In an interview with American magazine Foreign Policy, President Kersti Kaljulaid that she hates the inciting behavior of Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) politicians, apologizing for the impression this may leave of Estonia. “I hate them for their behavior, and I apologize for the image this might give,” Kaljulaid said when asked by a Foreign Policy journalist how concerned she is about EKRE’s behavior and position as a member…

MEP Kalniete to observe parliamentary elections in Ukraine

Thursday, July 18, 2019

European Parliament Member Sandra Kalniete (New Unity) will be in Ukraine from July 19 to 22, where she will observe the parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Seven MEPs have been included in the EP’s election observation delegation. Kalniete will observe the election in Odessa, where she will also meet with local politicians and NGO representatives. ”I am confident it is important for Ukraine’s future to continue its euro-Atlantic course, but the…

Corruption Prevention Bureau’s operatives raided businessman Ravis’ office and home Monday

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Corruption Prevention Bureau’s (KNAB) operatives on Monday conducted searches at the office and residence of Guntis Ravis, a co-owner of Skonto construction group, Elina Dobulane, a representative of Skonto Buve construction firm, informed LETA. She said that Ravis has not been assigned any status in the criminal procedure launched by KNAB. “Politicians are currently sending a very dangerous signal to entrepreneurs in Latvia, involving law enforcement and businesspeople in…

Estonia should leave Council of Europe, says EKRE chairman

Thursday, June 27, 2019

After the decision of the council’s parliamentary assembly (PACE) on Tuesday to restore Russia’s voting rights, Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE) sees no reason why Estonia should spend taxpayer money on contributions to the Council of Europe. Helme, who is also chairman of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), told media on Thursday that the council has “clearly given defending the principles of the rule of law.”…

Senior Facebook executive says it would favor regulation

Monday, June 24, 2019

A senior Facebook executive says the social media site is in favor of regulation to address some of the dark problems of the internet. Nick Clegg, the former leader of the U.K. Liberal Democrat party who now heads global affairs for Facebook, says it is not “for private companies” to decide how to balance free speech versus public harm. Clegg told the BBC on Monday that companies like Facebook are…

Puce calls on Usakovs to step down and not exaggerate his ”place in history”

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce (For Development/For) has called on Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony) to step down in wake of the search carried out at his offices and residence yesterday by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB). ”By continuing to hold onto his seat, Usakovs is causing considerable problems for Riga. I call on Usakovs not to exaggerate his place in history – the Riga City Council…