Posts tagged as politics

2019: a difficult political year in Lithuania

By Viktors Domburs on Friday, January 4, 2019

2019 will be a big political year in Lithuania, with elections in national focus. Lithuania will hold presidential, municipal and European Parliament elections this year. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite in her traditional New Year congratulation message was very restrained and short-spoken. She clearly understands that she did nothing outstanding to be proud of. This message looked more as a warning. It could be read between the lines that she warned…

PM speaks out against wider effects of physical confrontation in politics

Monday, December 3, 2018

The recent unrest and scuffling that marred Monday’s Riigikogu vote on the UN Global Migration Compact are quite un-Estonian, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) has explained. Speaking on a video recorded in his office and posted on his social media account, Mr Ratas said he hoped that those involved would find it in their hearts to repent of their actions, and expressed his disappointment that the incident, which arose during…

Kanye West announces he’s distancing himself from politics

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Kanye West says he’s “distancing” himself from politics. On Twitter the rapper claims he’s being “used to spread messages I don’t believe in.” He has been a vocal supporter of President Trump but this decision appears to centre around a campaign he was linked to known as Blexit. Run by Conservative commentator Candace Owens it encourages black Americans to quit the Democratic party. She claimed the musician had designed clothing…

Trump sees mixing trade, foreign policy as good politics

Monday, September 3, 2018

When President Donald Trump pulled the plug on an upcoming trip to North Korea by his secretary of state, he pointed a finger of blame at China and the global superpower’s trade practices. In his recent trade breakthrough with Mexico, Trump praised the country’s outgoing president for his help on border security and agriculture. Both developments offered fresh evidence of how Trump has made trade policy the connective tissue that ties together different elements of his “America First” foreign policy…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

A worldwide survey was conducted by the UN. The only question asked was: “Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?” The survey was a huge failure. In Africa they didn’t know what “food” meant. In Eastern Europe they didn’t know what “honest” meant. In Western Europe they didn’t know what “shortage” meant. In China they didn’t know what…

Amid the World Cup, Vladimir Putin scores some diplomatic goals

By Nathan Hodge on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev attend the World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday. The Kremlin may be locked in confrontation with the West, but the rest of the world is coming to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia is hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Putin is scoring important diplomatic points. World leaders have been making their way to Moscow for the games, raising Putin’s stature and putting Russia at…

Latvia’s biggest problem is the older generation of politicians

By Daniels Pavļuts on Friday, April 27, 2018

Older generation of politicians is Latvia’s largest problem. Some of those people are due for retirement. This is why the main objective for ‘Kustība Par!’ is involving a new generation of young and perspective politicians, says the party’s leader Daniels Pavļuts. This year’s Saeima elections, according to him, will not have the usual choice between the left and the right or between conservatives or liberals. He says the «choice will…

What is politics?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A little boy goes to his dad and asks, “What is politics?” The dad says, “Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I’m the breadwinner of the family, so let’s call me capitalism. Your mother, she’s the administrator of the money, so we’ll call her the government. We’re here to take care of your needs, so we’ll call you the people. The nanny, we’ll consider her the…