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Saeima elections and Latvia’s political challenges
Saeima elections and Latvia’s political challenges
WARRIORS: Latvian and Estonian presidents Berzins (right) and Ilves commemorate the Battle of Vonnu ...
RIGA - Latvians will go to the polls this coming October to elect a new 100 member Saeima, or parliament. It’s now been twentythree years since Latvia regained its independence from Russia and much has taken place since then. Probably the biggest achievements have been that the country became part of the European Union, joined NATO and converted to the euro currency. Like much of the world, it survived the recent worldwide financial crisis by the strong leadership of then-prime minister, Valdis Dombrovskis. It was Dombrovskis’ government that adopted an unpopular austere economi...  Full story...
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 Jun 04, 2014 - Visa issues hold up Ukrainians swapping Crimean va...
Visa issues hold up Ukrainians swapping Crimean vacations for Lithuania
KLAIPEDA - This year’s high tourism season in Lithuania has been off to a great start, with the flow of foreign visitors rising to record heights. As many of the joyful tourism policy-makers – for the first time in many years – are swooning already over the moon, some of the trends that have led to the double-digit growth really make them scratch their heads and think over the...
 Jun 04, 2014 - Engaging Russian society key to resolving crisis t...
Engaging Russian society key to resolving crisis tk
Current debate in the West revolves around the question of Russia’s actions possibly threatening the security and stability of Europe. What are the Kremlin’s power sources, and what is its Achilles’ heel? Tuesday morning’s round table discussion centered on these questions, with Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute Andrei Illarionov opening the talks. He expressed the v...
 May 15, 2014 - Rinkēvičs at GLOBSEC discusses Ukraine and coopera...
Rinkēvičs at GLOBSEC discusses Ukraine and cooperation with Slovakia
On 14 May in Slovakia, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part the GLOBSEC 2014 Bratislava Global Security Forum and delivered an address in a panel discussion on Ukraine. Live stream the conference here The Minister stressed that the most important steps towards stabilizing Ukraine were the ceasing of separatist attacks, the Ukrainian presidential elections due on 25 May, launching...
 May 14, 2014 - GLOBSEC begins in Bratislava...
GLOBSEC begins in Bratislava
GLOBSEC, an annual transatlantic security conference, is taking place in Bratislava, Slovakia, on May 14-16. Live stream GLOBSEC here This year’s conference is held at a time of one of the most serious global security challenges since the end of the Cold War: the Ukrainian crisis. Turbulent events in Ukraine and Crimea have shaped the agenda that will dominate GLOBSEC. Participant...
 May 01, 2014 - When education becomes a whole difference experien...
When education becomes a whole difference experience
KLAIPEDA - In Lithuania, a country where disability is often still seen as a curse, families face mounting challenges in raising a disabled child. How to protect a son or daughter from the sneers and bullying common in these situations? How to make the child’s life a little more cheerful? Most importantly, how to integrate these vulnerable offspring into an often hostile environment? As...
 Apr 03, 2014 - Lithuania and the euro: Misstep or logical next s...
Lithuania and the euro:  Misstep or logical next step?
At the end of last year The Baltic Times launched a journalism competition, and last week the TBT judging panel met to decide who the winners should be. All were agreed that the first prize should be awarded to Nathaniel Curiel for his piece on Lithuania and the euro. His winning article is printed here without correction, and readers will clearly see how well Nathaniel has used his language sk...
 Mar 05, 2014 - Stiff competition: Funeral homes fight over corpse...
Stiff competition: Funeral homes fight over corpses in Lithuania
KLAIPEDA - Viktoras Stulovas had been in a medically-induced coma for three days following vascular surgery when his worried son, Ramunas, received a phone call he will never forget. “A woman who introduced herself as a member of staff of a local funeral home extended her condolences to me for the death of my dad and, with great sympathy, offered to handle all necessary funeral arrangemen...
 Feb 27, 2014 - LIVE STREAM: World NGO Day 2014 Forum...
LIVE STREAM: World NGO Day 2014 Forum
The World NGO Day and The Baltic Times is delighted to celebrate a new international calendar day in Finland this year: World NGO Day - in recognition of the importance of the NGO sector, the value it brings to society and of the important work and dedication of all individuals behind each NGO, that work all year-round for the benefit of society - locally, nationally and internationally. &n...



 Jul 21, 2014 - NEW - Ukrainian separatists or...
In the course of most recent reporting regarding the shoot down of Malaysian Airline Flight 17, Western media reports and many even in government c...
 Jul 03, 2014 - A wake-up call for Europe...
“We are coming,” says Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party), and co-chair of the Europe of Freedom and D...
 Jun 04, 2014 - Two Lithuanian elections...
On May 25 Lithuania held elections both to the presidency and to the European parliament. The first election has real consequences, the second does...
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