Posts tagged as Society

Latvian society must cooperate to keep schools open

Thursday, October 1, 2020

All members of society must be careful and comply with safety measures to limit COVID-19 in order to keep schools open for as long as possible, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele said in an interview on Latvian Radio October 1. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) has indicated that, despite the r   ecord number of cases   confirmed on Wednesday, the situation is under control and outbreaks are localized. Due…

Depressed society in Lithuania

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Is Lithuania’s traumatic past and inability to come to terms with it making the society depressed, asks Laimonas Talat-Kelpša, Chancellor at the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry. Baltics in-depth. LRT English presents a forum of expert voices from the region.  A few years ago, a book by Terrence Real landed on my desk by sheer accident. The book bearing a title, I Don’t Want to Talk about It, and a subtitle, Overcoming…

Trump’s Afghanistan decision pushes country toward vote

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

President Donald Trump’s sudden halt to U.S.-Taliban talks looks like a gift to the beleaguered Afghan president, who has insisted on holding a key election in less than three weeks’ time despite widespread expectations that a peace deal would push it aside. Now, with an agreement to end America’s longest war on hold, Afghanistan suddenly faces a presidential vote amid warnings that it’s not ready — and the threat of even more…

Commemoration Day of the Genocide of the Jews takes place in Latvia

Friday, July 5, 2019

On 4th July 2019, the official Commemoration Day of Genocide against the Jews in Latvia took place. The main public event commemorates the burning of the Choral Synagogue in Rīga on the 4th of July in 1941. This date marked the beginning of the Holocaust in the territory of Latvia, and since 1990 has been dedicated to remembrance of all the Jews that were killed in the Holocaust during the…

Latvia ranks 17th in EU Digital Economy and Society Index

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Latvia this year ranked 17th in the EU Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) among all 28 EU member states, lagging behind Lithuania and Estonia, the European Commission announced today. In this year’s index, the top countries include Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK. Among the Baltic states, Estonia ranked 8th, and Lithuania – 14th. Compared to last year, Latvia has climbed one position because performance in several…

Latvia’s president proposes serving in the interest of society, not some narrow group

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

For society to trust politicians, their implemented policy cannot be selfish – it needs to be believable and clear, says Latvia’s President Egils Levits. «First of all, Latvia needs a policy that serves the interest of all society, not some narrow groups or even worse – be selfish. Secondly, politicians have to be trustworthy and use convincing arguments, not chase after ratings. Politicians have to be certain that what they…

Ratas: Current situation hysterical

Saturday, May 4, 2019

In an interview with Raadio Kuku, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) said that in the midst of a situation he described as “fairly hysterical,” he considers his first priority right now to be to soothe growing tensions in Estonian society. Regarding the recent behavior of several government members, he also echoed the sentiments of Minister of the Interior and Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) chairman Mart Helme, noting that…

Estonian parlt speaker: We should return to a normal society

Friday, April 5, 2019

The newly elected speaker of the Estonian parliament and member of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) Henn Polluaas said on the show “Esimene stuudio” (“First Studio”) on the ETV public television channel on Thursday that tensions in society would be eliminated by respecting traditional values. According to Polluaas, EKRE cannot be blamed for the society’s tensions as EKRE is the consequence, not the cause, public broadcaster ERR reports. “A…

Countering Russian disinformation the Baltic nations’ way

By Terry Thompson on Saturday, January 12, 2019

As the new Congress begins, it will soon discuss the comprehensive reports to the U.S. Senate on the disinformation campaign of half-truths, outright fabrications and misleading posts made by agents of the Russian government on social media in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. After years of anemic responses to Russian influence efforts, official U.S. government policy now includes taking action to combat disinformation campaigns sponsored by Russia or…

System for relocating people of Lithuanian descent from crisis zones to be created

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The government has decided to create a system for relocating people of Lithuanian descent from humanitarian crisis zones, with a special law to be drawn up. Government Vice-Chancellor Deividas Matulionis told BNS that the possibility of returning to Lithuania and getting support for integration in the country would be a positive sign for Lithuanian expatriates. “There was Ukraine, there was a specific case, we had a decision for that in 2016, but…