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Germany assumes Russian cyber attacks are likely during its 2017 election

The head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service has announced on November 29 that Russia may attempt to affect the 2017 German federal parliamentary election. Bruno Kahl stated that his agency was aware of cyber attacks with no other purpose than «causing political uncertainty».

ECB considers Trump election and Brexit referendum as reasons to economic uncertainty

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi evaluated on November 28 that the outcome of U.S. presidential election and UK’s decision to leave the EU are the main causes to the present economic uncertainty.

Ireland issues record number of its passports

Ireland so far in 2016 has issued a record number of passports, which is over 700 000 and seems to stem from UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Republic of Ireland's passport office announced on its account of the microblogging site Twitter: «Wow, we have just broken a new record, over 700,000 Passports have been issued so far this year! #RecordBreaker».

Italy has seen record number migrants arriving in 2016

An unprecedented number of migrants have arrived in Italy from North Africa in 2016. Currently, over 171 000 people have reached Italy this year surpassing the 2014 record of 170 000 people, Italy’s Interior Ministry has estimated.

Chinese devices secretly send user data to servers in China

An American IT security company recently published shocking news about phones manufactured in China. Cheap and relatively reliable devices send sensitive user data to servers in China every three days. Data flow to China has also been noticed in Latvia recently.

Lufthansa flights to be affected by strikes this week

The pilots’ union of Europe’s largest airline Lufthansa has announced that following last week’s strike, the actions would continue on November 30 and December 1 this week after a failed attempt to reach an agreement with the company’s management.

France’s conservatives select their presidential candidate

France’s Republican party in the country’s 2017 presidential election will be represented by former Prime Minister François Fillon, after he won the party’s internal contest.

TOP 8 of the most magical European Christmas markets

Because the Advent Sunday is no longer far away, it would be worth visiting one of the Christmas markets in Europe – it is possible to find special gifts, enjoy great meals, listen to Christmas carols and take in the festive atmosphere.

Instagram introduces vanishing pictures and live video

Popular photo and video sharing site Instagram has announced introducing the disappearing photo function and plans to add the option of live video broadcast as well.

Around 1 500 migrants clash with police at Bulgaria’s largest migrant centre

At Bulgaria’s largest migrant centre, around 1 500 people clashed with police on November 24. It happened two days after the migrants were not allowed to leave facility amid fears that infections are spreading there.

EP calls for a halt in accession talks with Turkey

Members of the European Parliament suggest halting talks with Turkey in regards to its accession in the European Union. The resolution approved by the EP on Thursday, 24 November, states that Turkey will nonetheless remain anchored with Europe.

Ukraine-EU summit to focus on corruption and Russia’s aggression

High European Union and Ukrainian officials are to meet on November 24 in Brussels, where the parties wish to concentrate on differing issues.

EP: anti-EU propaganda pressure on a rise

In a resolutions approved on Wednesday, 23 November, members of the European Parliament warn that the pressure of anti-EU propaganda coming from Russia and Islamic terrorist groups is currently on a rise. This propaganda is intended to distort the truth, incite fear, provoke doubt and divide the EU.

KPMG: Baltics become more active in FinTech sector

The most rapidly growing areas of financial technologies or FinTech are lending, payments and insurance, as well as the new RegTech sector, which covers the development of regulator technologies and solutions, according to the FinTech100 list jointly put together by KPMG and H2 Ventures.

Opinion: Russia celebrates Trump’s victory too soon

Scandalous Russian political loudmouth Vladimir Zhirinovsky organized a banquet in honour of Donald Trump’s victory in presidential elections. He spent 100,000 roubles (around EUR 1,400) on this event. Russia Today manager Margarita Simonyan promised to drive around Moscow with an American flag for a whole day in the event of Trump’s victory, journalist Maris Antonevics wrote for Latvijas Avīze.

New Russian missile deployment in Kaliningrad criticised by NATO

NATO military alliance has on November 22 criticised Moscow as performing «aggressive military posturing» after Russian press reported that anti-ship missiles have been sent to Kaliningrad region. BBC cited Russian Interfax news agency as reporting that Bastion missile-launchers had been deployed in Kaliningrad. NATO leadership commented that the move «does not help to lower tensions or restore predictability to our relations».

Lufthansa cancels close to 900 flights due to strike

German flight carrier Lufthansa has, starting from November 23, cancelled close to 900 flights as it has lost two court challenges to avoid the industrial action.