On the eve of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln famously said that «a house divided cannot stand.» Today, the European Union -- committed for decades to the quest for ever closer union -- must confront an agonizing truth. Lincoln’s maxim must be inverted. For the EU to survive, the euro must divide, according to Bloomberg.
The airBaltic Bergen-Riga flight that was scheduled to depart on May 15 was delayed. It still has not departed, because someone had “made a bad joke”, notes the airline’s representative Janis Vanags.
The French economy has slipped into recession for the third time in four years. President Francois Hollande is under pressure to adopt growth policies.
Following a survey of traders and an in depth investigation into market data, 31 products were declared the Product of the Year in Latvia. New leaders appeared in the Top list. Older products also retain their positions.
The creaking trucks that ply Pakistan's treacherous highways form a vibrant tapestry in the country's often bleak and rugged landscape. Showcasing the Pakistani tradition of painting vehicles elaborately, the trucks are covered with everything from detailed arabesques and Urdu calligraphy to portraits of Pakistani pop icons. Often, drivers hang chains of bells from their vehicles' bumpers.
On Tuesday, May 14, the British police arrested a mob of Russian Mafia, which managed an entire network of prostitution and human slave traffic in some apartment block in West London.
Latvian drivers often say that the problem of holes in the roads is so bad that no other country can imagine. However, according to information from Estonian and Lithuanian insurance companies, Latvia’s neighbours also suffer from this particular problem.
On Tuesday, May 14, Latvia’s national hockey team concluded its participation in the World Championship with a score of 2:3 (1:1, 0:1, 1:0, 0:1), allowing Finland to remain in the championship.
President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has declared a state of emergency in three north-eastern states. Following a wave of violent attacks, Mr Jonathan has announced that the military will do everything necessary to stop the terrorists and insurgents.
Both Latvia’s neighbours – Lithuania and Estonia – have overcome the first semi-finals of the international song contest Eurovision.
The electricity supply system of the Baltics is still tightly linked to Russia and Belarus. The situation could be changed by a political decision and construction of new power lines, Nord Pool representatives admit.
According to the study published by European Environment Agency, the new passenger cars purchased in Latvia and Estonia are the most pollutive in the 27-member union.
An Orthodox Jewish school in Brooklyn has banned its students from wearing the thick-framed retro glasses that are currently in style. Borough Park’s Bobover Yeshiva B’Nei Zion wrote a letter to parents advising them about the school’s new policy.
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.
Even though the security measure imposed against Aivars Lembergs by the prosecutor’s office to perform the duties of Chairman of Ventspils City Council, the city is formally being managed by the For Latvia and Ventspils party. His kingdom may have clean streets and environment, but life is poor there.
The Eurovision week is due to be opened with a live airing of the international song contest on Tuesday, May 14. Among this evening’s performers are also Latvia’s neighbours – Estonia and Lithuania.