Posts tagged as politics

US is yet to achieve democratic ways of doing politics

By Stero Veberts on Thursday, September 17, 2020

There are many opinions on the US politics. This country had been the centre of many many debates. And there’s a reason for that. It’s fair to say that the USA is the greatest country in the world. Seems as its level of life is at the highest, it has the strongest army in the world and the idea of democracy and equality is its political agenda for lifetime. But…

No politics in Marsa Park trees

Monday, September 7, 2020

Last Monday, trees at the former bicycle track “Marss” were unexpectedly cut despite protests . Latvian Television reported September 6 that authorities involved had said this had nothing to do with politics and Riga City Council elections. As  previously related by LSM  , thousands signed a petition calling for the run-down location to be made into a park in a part of the city without much greenery — only for…

US Troop Withdrawal: Politics Trumps Strategy

Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Pentagon has released some details of its plan to withdraw forces from Germany. The headline figure is now 11 900 troops (coyly described by the Pentagon as “more than 11 000”) compared to the total of roughly 9 500 discussed when the plan was first announced in June. Of these, around 5 600 will be redeployed In Europe, mostly to Belgium and Italy, and around 6 400 returned to…

New Latvian government worked for a year – what are the results?

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, January 24, 2020

January 23 marks the year since the new government began to work. Let’s see what the results are. Summing up the results of the first year of work, the Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš noted that the government coalition “feels strong.” Kariņš reminded reporters that his government had set specific goals for improving the welfare of society a year ago. However, these promises were not fulfilled. Finally, the population lost…

Blessed with NGO status, Catholic Church runs business and politics – LRT Investigation

Friday, January 10, 2020

The Catholic Church in Lithuania runs numerous businesses and is the biggest property owner in the country. No laws it cares about are passed without the Church’s blessing, and it has now been given the status of an NGO, giving it access to EU and national funding,  LRT Investigation   Team reports. The Lithuanian Bishops Conference, a powerful lobby group, was closely involved in drafting a law regulating the country’s…

Baltic States use sanctions as a part of politics

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

On October, 10, leader of the Polish Peasant Party Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh called for the lifting of economic sanctions against Russia, but at the same time maintaining of political ones. The politician noted that, despite the sanctions, “Russian coal abides in Poland, and the Germans negotiate with Russia.” According to Kosinyak-Kamysh, economic restrictions did not change the situation in the Donbass. The politician also emphasized that other countries, unlike Poland, easily…

Germany’s Merkel fends off worries about her health

Friday, July 19, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fended off worries about her health on Friday, saying that she has a personal interest in staying healthy and having a life after politics. Merkel said that she understands questions about her health after three recent incidents in which her body shook as she stood at public events. But she said she’s aware of her responsibility as chancellor and “can exercise this function.” She has said…

Greek election: Voters crave return to mainstream politics

Friday, July 5, 2019

Greek voters appear set to defy a surge of support populist parties across Europe in a general election Sunday, with the pro-EU center-right opposition firmly in the lead. Left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the snap poll after being trounced in May’s European parliamentary elections and several months after his coalition with a nationalist partner collapsed. It followed a grueling four years in office for Tsipras, largely defined by economic…

Poland and Baltic States Reduce Reliance on Russian Energy

Monday, June 24, 2019

Europe’s dependency on Russian energy has long been viewed as a threat to national security, particularly in Eastern European countries like the Baltic states and Poland. Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have all expressed concerns that their dependence on the Russian power grid network increases their exposure to Russian interference in their internal affairs and presents a grave threat to their sovereignty and national security. As Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite…

I don’t want to lose my job at the whim of some political group – Turlais

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Riga mayor Dainis Turlais (Honor to Serve Riga, GKR) is determined to carry on with his duties and does not want to lose his job “at the whims of some political group”, the politician told LETA. Asked about the reasoning behind the no confidence motion proposed by the Riga City Council’s opposition members, Turlais said that “all politicians want to be good in the eyes of their electorate”, so from…