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  • Latvia's Culture Minister - wrong to deny women the burqa
    be free to decide whether to wear it However if she is wearing it on her own free will then Latvia does not have the right to prevent her from doing so Speaking to the Latvian press last week Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis said he would support a ban on the burqa The movement to ban the burqa in Latvia was initiated by Ombudsman Juris Jansons However the movement to ban the garment started in Estonia after the country s minister for social protection Margus Tsahkna argued the ban should be imposed for national security reasons and people should be identifiable Tsahkna also the chairman of the junior coalition party Pro Patria and Respublica Union believes a decision surrounding the ban should be made now meaning refugees affected by the Mediterranean Crisis arriving to Estonia would know the rules in advance Estonia will take in a quota of 150 refugees as part of the European Commission s resettlement program The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/latvia_s_culture_minister_-_wrong_to_deny_women_the_burqa/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Linkevicius accuses Putin of undermining Minsk agreements
    Minsk Agreements Putin s trip to Ukraine s Crimea and increased fatal violence by separatists look like coordinated efforts to undermine the Minsk agreements wrote Linkevicius August 17 also saw the Ukrainian government and pro Russian separatists confirm 10 people in Eastern Ukraine had been killed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also accused Putin of raising tensions in Ukraine as a result of his trip to Crimea The Minsk Agreements were initially signed in the Belarusian capital on September 5 2014 to stop the war in Ukraine s Donbass region Following the separatists victory at the Battle of Donetsk airport in January 2015 the ceasefire had collapsed Further attempts to halt the fighting in the Donbass the Minsk II agreement were signed on February 12 this year The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/linkevicius_accuses_putin_of_undermining_minsk_agreements/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Duda will make Estonia his first foreign trip as Polish President
    central role in standing for the security interests of our region as well as strengthening the unity of NATO continued Ilves We also see Poland s importance in protecting the common interests of the European Union According to Ilves it is symbolic Duda s visit will takes place on the 76th anniversary of the 1939 Molotov Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany As a result of the pact Poland was the first to lose its freedom Lithuania Latvia and Estonia quickly followed Estonia and Poland both consider integration to be key to a peaceful Europe Ilves said In Tallinn Duda will meet with Ilves as well as the speaker of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor and Prime Minister Taavi Roivas He and will visit the Museum of Occupation where a joint conference of the two heads of state will take place The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in

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  • Lithuanian government approves three-year bailout deal for Greece
    and the International Monetary Fund The Lithuanian Finance Minister Rimantas Sadzius said the decisions made by Greece regarding the reforms showed the country is ready to adhere to long term policy He added however that the European Union and the euro area needed to see guarantees in order for Athens to get the full amount of bailout money It s difficult to tell anything about political developments in Greece in the future in particular as there are talks about early elections said Sadzius On the other hand the results of Friday s vote which approved more than 50 of the predefined tasks show a large part of political elite in Greece and not just the ruling majority or the government understands there is no other way It s a certain guarantee that the measures taken by the Greek authorities will have a long term effect Sadzius told the reporters However creditors would check Greece s compliance with commitments each time before transferring money he added On August 19 2015 Sadzius will present Lithuania s position at a meeting of the ESM Board of Governors and Directors The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/lithuanian_government_approves_three-year_bailout_deal_for_greece/ (2016-02-13)
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    Defence Ministers sign agreement on joint military brigade On Friday July 24 the Defense Ministers of Lithuania Poland and Ukraine signed an agreement which sees the establishment of a three way milita Read More Latvian Employers Confederation refugee integration very important for the the country s job market The Latvian Employers Confederation the LDDK believes how Latvia s quota of North African refugees affected by the Mediterranean Crisis Read More Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia According to Estonia s new Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand the concept of foreign policy has changed for the country 1 Read More Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite glad Soviet statues removed from Green Bridge in Vilnius Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says she s glad the Soviet bronze statues have been removed from the Green Bridge in c Read More Lithuania s laser industry generated around 70 million USD in 2014 According to the daily Lietuvos Zinios in 2014 Lithuania s laser industry generated approximately 70 million US dollars in revenue Read More MEP Gabrielius Landsbergis Crimea could be returned to Ukraine via the United Nations Member of European Parliament and leader of the Lithuanian Homeland Union party Gabrielius Landsbergis told the Baltic Times he believes Crime Read More Latvian Education Minister refugees should go to Latvian schools Latvian MEP Artis Pabriks supports Education and Science Minister Marite Seile s suggestion that the children asylum seekers and refugees Read More Previous 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/search/jcms/start/730/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Riga and St. Petersburg to increase cooperation over next three years
    cities had discussed ways in which to intensify and expand cooperation Riga Vice Mayor Andris Ameriks told BNS that cooperative ties with St Petersburg are a cultural and historical link between the two cities From a cultural and business perspective St Petersburg is closer to us than Moscow or other regions in Russia he said Ameriks outlined port activity as a common link between the two cities St Petersburg is one of the largest ports in Russia and Riga is the largest port in the Baltic States He said while sanctions imposed on Russia are appropriate at a national level due to the situation in Eastern Ukraine he believes it necessary for Russia and Latvia to maintain co operation on a regional level On a regional level there are less politics and more human cooperation in culture sports business and governance Ameriks concluded And these are things that will always matter The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest

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  • Foreign Minister Linkevicius calls for tougher sanctions on Russia amidst increased fighting in Eastern Ukraine
    Ukrainian Army soldiers 153 times the largest military action since the February ceasefire According to the report the clashes are in relation to the road between the Ukrainain controlled port of Mariupol and the city of Donetsk which is controlled by the separatists The separatists claim one civilian was killed in Donetsk during the shoot out with the Ukrainian Army According to Linkevicius the clashes should be viewed as a signal to consider further sanctions on Moscow All sanctions must be extended and if the situation changes for the worse they should be tightened he added We know the decisions are made by consensus which is not easy to achieve It is a signal that we should take the measures of impact seriously and we do not have very many alternatives Without sanctions we have no other ways of influencing this Theoretically there could be political isolation which is also not the case due to possible inconsistency of some of our colleagues within the European Union Linkevicius said the meeting with the Ukrainian President and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk addressed the reforms underway in Ukraine support from Lithuania and the EU plus the negotiations on visa free travels The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/foreign_minister_linkevicius_calls_for_increased_sanctions_on_russia_amidst_increased_fighting_in_eastern_ukraine/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Prime Minister Butkevicius: integration of refugees more important than burqa ban
    the government s decisions will be made in the light of Lithuania s international commitments in the field of human rights and religious freedom Speaking to BNS Paulauskas confirmed he would propose a ban on burqas should the government not decide to do so He believes the wearing of traditional Muslim clothing in public may threaten public security as burqas do not show the wearer s face He also called for a discussion whether the Muslims coming to Lithuania should be allowed to perform their religious rites anywhere or be restricted to specific places Human rights activists have criticised Paulauskas suggestions They believe should they be implemented they would trigger a negative stance from Lithuanian society towards Muslims and hinder integration Paulauskas initiative has been stated by widely criticised by the leaders of Lithuania s political parties most notably Justice Minister Juozas Bernatonis who belongs to the ruling Social Democrat party Lithuania has pledged to accept 325 migrants from other countries mostly Syrians by 2017 as part of the European Union s efforts to address the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis According to the 2011 general census over 2 700 Muslims were residing in Lithuania The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription

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