Thursday, May 16, 2019 Quality of Life in Latvia is not a priority
Four presidents, 14 governments and eight Seimas have changed in Latvia over the past 20 years. The country joined the European Union and NATO, and then switched to the euro. But have Latvians become better off? Has their quality of life improved? Statistics shows that the general well-being of population remains very low. Political turbulence only worsens the situation.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 Baltics manipulate NATO finances to their advantage
Three NATO member states--Denmark, Estonia and Latvia--are sure that they have made an important step towards strengthening their security. On March 8 defence ministers of these countries opened the headquarters of Multinational Division North (MND N) in Latvia's Adazi.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Ādaži Military Base is again in the centre of scandal
Residents of nearby villages express anger with what is going on in the soldier canteen on the Ādaži Military Base. One of the local employees in the interview for the Latvian TV channel said that sometimes the soldiers are given disposable tableware mainly made of plastic. She considers it not only unaesthetic, but also it harms public health and the environment.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Czech soldier injured in Lithuania during NATO exercise
According to the BNS report, a Czech soldier was injured during NATO exercise in Lithuania.
According to the local police department, an incident happened at the Gaižiūnai training area in the Jonava district at about 10 o'clock. A soldier from the Czech Republic, born in 1990, was injured in a hand-grenade explosion. She was hospitalized with injuries to her leg and both hands to the hospital in Kaunas.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Another government but the same problem in Latvia
Latvia is on the brink of a social explosion. Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš's statement cold serve as the impetus to it. In an interview with LNT's programme 900 sekundes last week he said that "Latvia is currently unable to significantly raise the wages of teachers, because it would require either increasing the budget deficit or higher taxes."
Thursday, February 14, 2019 Europe has changed its mask
"Face" of peaceful and friendly Europe has changed. Europe even does not try any more to wear a mask of past tolerance. Tensions are constantly increasing. Unrest like wildfire is sweeping across Europe. Though riots caused by different events and decisions, political convulsions make Europeans feel uncomfortable. People are tired of being unheard by the authorities.
Monday, January 21, 2019 Social uncertainty weakens Latvia
The latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that at the beginning of 2018 population of Latvia accounted for 1 million 934 thousand, which is 15.7 thousand people fewer than a year ago.
Another survey conducted in 2018 by the CSB , shows that the share of Latvia's population exposed to the risk of poverty grew by 1.2 percentage points from a year before to 446,000 people.
(6 comments) Thursday, January 17, 2019 Canadian soldiers' nightmare in Latvia
Latvia's Defense Ministry reported that January 9 a change in the top brass of NATO's enhanced forward presence in Latvia took place. Lieutenant-Colonel Philippe Sauve' took over command from his Canadian compatriot Lieutenant-Colonel Steve MacBeth, thereby concluding the rotation of the third group of troops deployed in Latvia.
(1 comments) Thursday, January 10, 2019 NATO generals do not believe in good relations with Russia
In December NATO allies agreed the civil and military budgets for 2019. At a meeting of the North Atlantic Council allies agreed a civil budget of €250.5 million and a military budget of €1.395 billion for 2019.
Thursday, January 3, 2019 2019: a difficult political year in Lithuania
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.
(1 comments) Wednesday, December 26, 2018 A new old minister of defence in Latvia
The process of forming a new government in Latvia has become an exciting political show. And show must go on. And it really goes on. After three unsuccessful attempts to find a candidate for the prime-minister post who could overcome disagreement between political parties, President Vejonis hopes that Krišjānis Kariņš after all will gain support and will be able to form the government.
Monday, December 17, 2018 No one will deter Russia in the Baltic region
Recently researchers and analysts of the RAND Corporation issued the report "Exploring Requirements for Effective Deterrence of Interstate Aggression."
The stated aim of this report is "to provide a fresh look at the subject in this context, with two primary purposes: to review established concepts about deterrence, and to provide a framework for evaluating the strength of deterrent relationships."
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 European army: an apple of discord
The initiative of creating a European Army actually is in the air of the European Union.
Both French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel declared this month that they support the need to create a joint European army. By the way these two countries are the strongest EU member states from economic and political points of view. Their words are not just "air shaking" but the subject to think it over.
(2 comments) Monday, December 3, 2018 Ineffective decisions destroy European Union
European Council President Donald Tusk stated last week that the European Union will extend its existing economic sanctions on Russia this month. This decision is to be taken at a summit of EU leaders on Dec. 13-14. The EU measures against Russia's defense, energy and banking sectors should become another "punishment" for Moscow's role in the turmoil in Ukraine and the naval skirmish in the Sea of Azov.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 Why NATO trains to survive
This fall in Europe and in the Baltic region in particular is very "hot" from the military point of view. Russia thinks that NATO exercises in the region are not just single episodic maneuvers but a chain of successive events, a well-designed scheme of conducting large-scale exercises that are offensive in nature.
(1 comments) Monday, October 8, 2018 Baltic states between peace and war
NATO military chiefs met at the end of September in Warsaw, Poland, to discuss future alliance's military strategy.
According to NATO press release, during the meeting, "discussions focused on allied operations, missions and activities, the development of NATO's military strategy, responsiveness, reinforcement and the NATO Readiness Initiative, as well as the Alliance's ongoing modernization."
Friday, October 5, 2018 Latvia votes for future
The general elections in Latvia will take place on October 6, 2018. On Saturday Latvians will choose their future. Though it sounds very pathetic, future of the country really depends on the results of these elections.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Lithuania disagrees with Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Lithuania last week. This country always was a reliable partner. Germany supported Lithuania on its way to the European Union and NATO.