Lithuania strongly defends the right of European Union citizens to move freely throughout the bloc's territory; however the right and national social welfare systems should not be abused. According to Lithuania Tribune such a view, at a meeting of EU interior ministers, was voiced by the representative of Lithuania, reacting to British concerns over mass migration.
The United Kingdom has announced that European Union rules on mobility should be changed for member states to be able to limit workforce migration. The comments come ahead of the lifting of movement limitation on Bulgarians and Romanians in January 2014
Third quarter data on the growth of GDP in the European Union present fairly differing economic growth rates in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Between July and September, Lithuanian GDP grew 0.2%, Estonian 0.4% and Latvian by 1.2%.
Speculations on U.S. bond yields continued in Asian stock markets on December 5, while the fall of Nikkei and MSCI indexes has not been critical if compared to their total rise this year. After suffering its biggest one-day fall in six weeks on Wednesday, the Nikkei is still up 46% percent in 2013 year so far.
Courts in two German states have made contradictory rulings in relation to rights of Romanians to receive unemployment benefits. On the federal level, the debate has gone as far as politicians from Angela Merkel's party warning the public over «welfare tourism» by citizens of Romania and Bulgaria.
SpaceX, the American provider of space rocket services, has on December 3 made another successful launch of its rocket, increasing competition in astronautics.
The official ball of 2014 FIFA World Cup – brazuca – has been presented at the Olympic Sports Centre in Riga. The first people to try out this ball in Latvia were Aleksand Kolinko and Nauris Bulvitis. It was also tested by authors of the amateurs mini-football 'Mitava Open' championship and members of Brainstorm group Janis Jubalts and Kaspars Roga.
The U.S. online store Amazon is exploring the use of unmanned drones for delivering purchases to clients, the company CEO has unveiled.
December 1 is known in the world as the International AIDS Day. This will be the 25th anniversary of this day in the world. The idea to found this day came in 1988. Its goal is to reduce the hate and judgement people have for HIV and AIDS patients.