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(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 10, 2018 US divorces Europe
Europe is in the anticipation of NATO summit which will take place on June, 11-12 in Brussels. Before this meeting the Pentagon thoroughly analysed all allies' expenses on collective defence. It turned out that NATO members' defence budgets don't reflect real needs of the Alliance.
SHARE Thursday, August 27, 2020 Political unrest as a push to militarization of Europe
Everybody knows that militarization is not only a political process, but also a financial one. Militarization, is the process by which a society organizes itself for military conflict and violence. As soon as there are indicators of military threat, the government starts a process. Related activities in case of real threat could prepare a state to repel a military attack, but only if it actually occurs.
SHARE Monday, October 28, 2019 Who really defends the Baltic States?
About 500 U.S. troops arrived in Lithuania in October. This news is widely discussed all over the Baltic States and Europe. The issue of permanent NATO presence in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia has been discussed for a decade. There is still no legal basis for this step, but NATO and Baltic authorities found the possibility to deploy troops on a long-term basis.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 5, 2019 Lost Independence of the Baltic States
In 1991 the Baltic States gained independence. They started to develop their new way. This choice was highly appreciated by the residents of the Baltic countries, as well as by people all over the world.
SHARE Wednesday, December 18, 2019 The People's Voice Has Not Been Heard in Latvia Again!
A significant event for Latvian democracy took place last week. This event reflects very clearly the state of affairs in the country where political interests are above common sense and the welfare of citizens.
SHARE Thursday, January 9, 2020 Estonian sauna, prostitutes and aggressiveness
Unfortunately, aggressiveness is the hallmark of our time. People face aggressiveness more and more often. Sometimes the aggressiveness ends without consequences, sometimes innocent people suffer.
This is especially dangerous when attack those people who must defend.
SHARE Wednesday, December 4, 2019 "Armed to the teeth" Latvia
Latvia has fallen into the trap. It all started with a sincere desire to increase the military capabilities of the state.
SHARE Monday, November 18, 2019 Is this the end of NATO-era?
Money is a very powerful tool, which can easily ruin relations. Different views on money spending can ruin even good relations between countries in such huge and powerful organization as NATO.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, April 23, 2018 A new cover for NATO presence in Europe
A tremendously dangerous situation in global politics that we have right now, forces experts to analyze not only US-Russia relations but NATO-Russia- relations as well.
SHARE Monday, October 7, 2019 EU politicians turn to "ball of snakes" to make own careers
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.
SHARE Wednesday, February 5, 2020 The Baltic States are Target Number One
From 1 January 2020 security of the Baltic airspace is ensured by three Command and Reporting Centers designed for specific national airspace surveillance, based in Tallinn, Lielvarde, and Karmėlava, instead of one joint unit.
(6 comments) SHARE 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) SHARE Saturday, April 4, 2020 Measures taken by the Baltic States are insufficient
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of NATO met on April, 2 in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. Though they expressed the deepest sympathies with all the victims of the Coronavirus disease, NATO continues to do its part.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Thursday, August 20, 2020 Unstable Belarus could divide European Union
The members of the European Council held a video conference on 19 August. They discussed the situation which unfolded in the aftermath of the presidential elections in Belarus on 9 August.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 17, 2020 Latvians are not ready to see armed soldiers in Riga
Now it is clear that the Baltic States have become home for foreign troops. NATO soldiers train and live along with the soldiers of national armed forces. Four multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, led by the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States respectively demonstrate their military capabilities.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 5, 2021 NATO invented new threat in the Baltic States
It seems as if NATO has changed its priorities in the Baltic States.
It is well known that NATO member states agreed at the 2016 Summit in Warsaw to enhance NATO's military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Saturday, April 30, 2022 The war in Ukraine could cause Latvian economic collapse
According to LETA, a Latvian national information agency, most publications in Latvian media are currently devoted to the theme of war and related issues.
Publications with a mention of the subject of war since the end of February have ranged from an average of 400 to 800 per day in Latvian media to over 1000 on some days.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 26, 2021 Latvia: no railway, no NATO
According to Latvian Foreign Ministry, the arrival of the multinational Allied battlegroup in Latvia in June 2017 concluded the deployment of forces under NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic States and Poland
SHARE Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Latvian politics risks causing considerable damage to economy
According to bnn-news.com , behaviour of Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs risks causing a wave of bankruptcies in Latvia.
Thus, after basking in the VIP area together with people of questionable reputation during the opening game of the World Ice Hockey Championship in Riga, Edgars Rinkēvičs demonstrated an act of true diplomatic short-sightedness
SHARE Friday, July 6, 2018 Lithuania deserves better life
The latest expressive headlines on delfi.lt (the main Lithuanian news portal) such as "Gender pay gap increased in Lithuania", "Sudden drop in EU support pushes Lithuania into middle income trap, finmin says", "Lithuanian travellers spent EUR 186.5 mln abroad this year" and "Lithuania's Jan-May budget revenue EUR 14.3 mln below target" clearly demonstrate difficult situation in the country.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 13, 2020 Balts believe that they are under occupation
Research fellows from GLOBSEC published at the end of June their report «Voices of Central and Eastern Europe» which presents perceptions of democracy and governance in 10 EU countries, including the Baltic States.
(1 comments) SHARE 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."
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Saturday, March 27, 2021 Latvian government turned population into prisoners
Baltic States' authorities decided not to "reinvent the wheel" and just found "hot" topics to divert attention from situation at home. They continue to discuss neighbour countries' problems deflecting popular attention away from problems with COVID-19 vaccination delay, poorly performing economy and growing unpopularity.
SHARE Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Latvia developed new tasks for NATO soldiers
Member of the Latvian Saemas' national association "Everything for Latvia!" and Freedom"/LNNK Jānis Dombrava stated the need to attract NATO troops to resolve the migration crisis. This is reported by la.lv. In his opinion, illegal migration from the Middle East to Europe may acquire the feature of an invasion. He believes that under the guise of refugees, foreign military and intelligence officers can enter the country.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 18, 2018 Defence-Spending or worthy life for the Baltics
NATO allies have stopped cuts in defence and began to increase the burden-sharing, something U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for. Defence spending among NATO members is to rise by 3.8 percent in 2018.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Friday, December 4, 2020 Latvia becomes a victim of the East-West confrontation
The foreign policy of Latvia has been providing a surprising case of balancing policy between economic wisdom and political situation for some decades. Being the EU and NATO member state, Latvia managed to fulfill its commitments and at the same time Riga maintained fruitful relationship in the economic sphere with neighbouring countries - Russia and Belarus.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Monday, October 12, 2020 Latvian ministry of defence shifted its responsibility to the society
In October, the Pilskalns 2020 exercise has been held in four Latvian cities: Madona, Sigulda, Alūksne and Smiltene. The event is organized by the Ministry of Defence and the Vidzeme 2nd Brigade of National Guard in cooperation with the local authorities in order to train local civil protection commissions.
SHARE Monday, August 31, 2020 Aged men to serve in Latvia
Difficult political situation in Europe and unrest in neighbouring Belarus forced Latvian authorities to make strange decisions.
Though NATO is thankful to the Baltic States for increasing its defence expenditures, the readiness of their armed forces are disputable and the future of their abilities arise questions.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Friday, June 22, 2018 Spoiled Latvia's image in the international arena
Latvia is actively preparing for one of the most important political event of the year. Parliamentary elections will take place in October 6, 2018. Submissions of the lists of candidates for the 13th Saeima elections will take place very soon -- from July 18 to August 7, 2018. But the elections campaign as well as all political life in the country faces some problems that require additional attention from the authorities.
SHARE 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."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Iceland in Latvia "Strengthens" NATO?
In November NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia was strengthened by Iceland. This information was disseminated across Europe. But what is behind this fact?
SHARE Wednesday, November 11, 2020 The U.S. election hits the Baltic States
Political upheavals in 2020 in major countries stir people all around the world. It turned out, that presidential elections in a single country, which are a purely internal affair of the state, have a global impact on the foreign policy of many states.
Thus, the world froze in anticipation of the results of the US elections. The Baltic States, in particular, want to know if the new president continues support
SHARE Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Who makes Expenses Plan for the Baltic States?
The Baltic states today are no more a clean sheet of paper waiting for somebody to write something on. During almost 30 years of independence from the USSR the authorities have been cleaning the countries from the Soviet-era's hangover and are writing new history by themselves. And the results of their activity are various and often disputable.
SHARE 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."
SHARE 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.