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Wednesday 11.12.2019 | Name days: Valdis, Voldemārs, Valdemārs

Brexit stuck in British parliament; PM considers snap elections

British Prime Minister Boriss Johnson may push for general elections if the European Union decides to postpone Brexit until January 2020, BBC reports.

International relations expert says Russia is on the eve of changes

Russia has ended up on crossroads, as a large portion of its population and political elite believe the current government has exhausted itself and its policy has led the country to a dead end, because it is basically impossible to reform, the elite is not able to propose any new concepts and there are no other alternatives, says prominent Russian expert Lilia Shevtsova.

Latvia, being short of doctors, not planning more funds to training

Latvia, despite its shortage of young specialists in health care, has attributed in the 2020 state budget no additional funding to the training of resident medical specialists.

Baltics have to do more to strengthen defence, American think tank says

The Baltic states should do more to strengthen their defence capabilities, according to the respected U.S. think tank The Jamestown Foundation quoted by the Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT.

PM Kariņš wants vision of new Latvian tax reform by Easter

Latvian prime minister Krišjānis Kariņš has told legislators that for the planned tax reform, officials should find the least painful way to the population to arrive at a vision of a tax system that would increase state budget income.

With Liepāja Prison construction stalling, minister concedes reopening of old prison

As the Latvian government is unwilling to invest in the modernisation of prison infrastructure, the reopening of the old Brasa Prison could be needed, said Latvian Justice Minister on Tuesday, October 22. Brasa Prison in Riga was closed this spring.

Video: Canadian general election won by ruling Liberals losing majority

In the Canadian general election, the Liberal Party led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has won, staying in power, yet with a minority government.

Estonian capital readies to limit use of leaf blowers

The municipality of the Estonian capital is preparing restrictions on leaf blowers on its streets, reported ERR broadcaster referring to Postomees newspaper.

Latvian five-party coalition agrees on consensus budget proposals only

Working on the Latvian state budget 2020, government’s five ruling parties have agreed that in the parliament, the separate factions would not submit separate proposals for amendments, said MP Atis Zakatistovs after a coalition sitting.

Maxima tragedy: Court rejects slow proceedings’ criticism, as victims protest

As a court in Riga continues the criminal proceedings over the Maxima tragedy to determine the guilty persons in the death of 54 people in a 2013 supermarket collapse, the Latvian Court Administration has rejected criticism of the process as being delayed.

Lithuanian firefighters warn of strike over low pay

Lithuanian firefighters have warned of plans to hold a strike over low funding that makes paying wages and attracting new workers difficult.

In Slovak journalist’s double murder, four charged as one pleads guilty

Prosecutors in Slovakia have charged a well-known businessman and three other persons for alleged involvement in the double murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée in 2018.

Ventspils extends mandate of Lembergs and allies in freeport

The Ventspils City Council has on Friday, October 18, confirmed the extension of mandate to another five years in the board of the Ventspils Freeport Administration to long-standing municipal politicians Aivars Lembergs, Jānis Vītolņš, Didzis Ošenieks and Guntis Blumbergs, according to information available to the BNN.

Estonian interest in third pillar pensions lowest in EU, study finds

In Estonia, the interest of consumers in free-of-choice pension funds, is the lowest as compared to other member states of the European Union, a study of Better Finance investor rights group found.

Lithuanian manufacturers worried about new U.S. tariffs

Lithuanian manufacturers have voiced concern over the indirect effects of U.S. import tariffs introduced last week on products such as pork, milk products and others.

One of Latvia’s most wanted suspects found

Police in Latvia have found – thanks to reports of fellow citizens – suspect Angeļina Sacjuka, who was wanted for a deadly attack on a woman, the State Police said. The crime she was wanted for could bring her a prison term of three to 15 years

LTV: Moscow suspected of seeking more power in Latvian Orthodox Church

The Moscow Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church may be attempting to force Metropolitan Alexander of the Latvian Orthodox Church to retire to replace him with more acceptable person to the Russian side, reported LTV’s programme De facto.

Latvia could crash out of Expo 2020 in Dubai, De facto says

Due to works being late, Latvia’s participation in the Expo 2020 world exhibition in Dubai has been put on hold. This would not be the first time of Latvians stopping preparations half-way to the global event, reports LTV programme De facto.

Latvia’s attitude to sexual minorities – one of most opposing in EU

An Eurobarobeter study says that the attitude of people in Latvia to sexual minorities is one of the most opposing in the European Union.

UK’s battle to get Brexit done could go either way this week

In the British parliament, a tough battle is expected over the latest Brexit agreement with the European Union: the government will push for its ratification, while opposition will seek allies for the government to agree to amend or to reject it altogether.

Tragic Siberia dam collapse investigated in Russia

Russia has launched a criminal investigation into the death of 15 people at a dam collapse on River Seiba in Siberia. The tragedy has taken place at a remote site of a goldmining company.

Week in Lithuania: Grybauskaitė invited to think tank, push for 2nd vote on Speaker

Last week in Lithuania ex-President invited to join think tank, LFGU sought 2nd vote on Speaker’s removal, court reduced pro-Russian Councillor’s fine, and Order and Justice leader was urged to step down.

BNN summary of the week: Unexpected millions. Non-citizen children

This week, large money sparked an international debate. A Latvian court determined that 29 million euros, currently in the accounts of a non-resident at the Reģionālā investīciju banka, have been acquired criminally and ruled that they have to be transferred to the state budget.

Ventspils rushes to extend Lembergs’ mandate in freeport

The Ventspils City Council has summoned an emergency sitting to decide on the extension of the mandate in the board of the Ventspils Freeport Administration to suspended Mayor Aivars Lembergs, as well as Jānis Vītolņš, Didzis Ošenieks and Guntis Blumbergs, according to information seen by the BNN.

Estonian pension reform expected later in 2019

The pension reform of Estonia should be adopted later this year to start it in 2021, believes Estonian Social Affairs Minister, who has pointed out that the country’s ruling coalition has reached an agreement on the core issues of the reform.


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