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Italian President agrees to second coalition government offer, ending impasse

Italian parliament's largest parties have made a U-turn and offfered a second coalition government, changing their choice of a eurosceptic Economy Minister to a pro-European one and thus ending prolonged political uncertainty in the country.

U.S. introduces steel, aluminium tariffs on imports from EU

Washington has stated it would introduce tariffs on steel and aluminium from the European Union, with Brussels reacting that it would answer with counterbalancing measures.

Saeima conceptually supports changing country’s material reserve administration system

On Thursday, 31 May, Saeima deputies supported in the first reading a legislative draft for a new State Material Reserve Law. This new draft suggests changing the country’s material reserve administration system, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Minister: children’s safety should be a priority at all times, not just for one holiday

Any child capable of formulating their opinion should be provided with freedom to voice them in all matters that affect them. In addition, children’s opinion should be provided with enough attention in accordance with their age and maturity, says Latvia’s Welfare Ministry.

MEPs question EC’s estimates for funding reduction of next multi-year budget

Members of the European Parliament request adequate funding from European Union to resolve defence and migration matters and ensure stable funding for Erasmus+ programme, BNN was informed by European Parliament’s Information Office in Latvia.

OECD predicts Latvia the most rapid GDP growth among Baltic States

According to predictions from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Latvia may experience the most rapid GDP growth among Baltic States in 2018-2019 – 4.5% this year and 3.6% next year. Estonia’s GDP growth is planned at 3.7% this year and 3.2% next year, whereas Lithuania’s GDP growth may reach 3.3% this year and 2.9% next year.

Ukraine admits faking murder of Russian journalist Babchenko

Ukrainian authorities that announced the violent death of Russian opposition journalist Arkady Babchenko have now shown him to the public safe and sound. International organisations have sharply criticised Kyiv of spreading such misleading information.

45% of Latvians believe workaholics inevitably «burn out»

Most interviewed Latvian residents have a negative outlook on workaholism, and 45% consider it the main cause for an early «burn-out» at work, according to a survey from CV-Market.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 3.1% in April

Compared to April 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 3.1 % in April 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 2.1 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, rose by 3.7%, whereas turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 3.5 %.

Moscow shooes away UN calls to help find MH17 attack perpetrators

Russia on Tuesday rejected calls at the United Nations to accept responsibility for the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine after an investigation found that a Russian army missile was used in the attack.

Estonian cyber-defence experts share knowledge with Singapore colleagues

The Estonian Ministry of Defence has provided cybersecurity training and a cyber range exercise to military cyber experts in Singapore's Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces.

Estonian renewable energy firm acquired for EUR 289 million

Estonia's state energy giant Eesti Energia entered a deal to purchese 100% of the shares of the Estonian renewable energy firm Nelja Energia.

PUC approves regulations for the use of Inčukalns underground gas storage facility

Public Utilities Commission has approved the regulations submitted by AS Conexus Baltic Grid on the use of Inčukalns underground gas storage facility. These new regulations govern he use of the gas storage facility and will come into force along with new storage service tariffs – 1 June 2018, as confirmed by PUC.

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