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  • Lithuanian MP proposes mandatory school course on fight for freedom
    He claims that the struggle of the Lithuanian nation for freedom and independence has been forgotten although it is as relevant as ever The MP emphasised that the young generation must be raised to be patriotic and feel respect towards fighters for Lithuanian freedom Grazulis a representative of the right wing party Order and Justice says that the history course on the struggle for freedom and resistance is integrated into various other subjects However it is not currently being taught as a separate subject even though the Minister of Education and Science has approved an extended programme of Lithuanian history and teachers may decide themselves whether to teach a course of at least 18 hours on the history of the country s struggle for freedom On March 28 the Union of Political Prisoners and Deportees convened in Kaunas and adopted a resolution supporting the teaching of the history of resistance and the struggle for independence 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 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

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  • New Estonian coalition promises to raise minimum wage, lower tax
    an agreement with trade unions and employers to raise the minimum wage in four years to 45 of the average wage Currently the minimum wage is 390 euros representing 38 of the average wage in Estonia The Social Democratic Party will govern in coalition with IRL considered to be socially conservative and the largest party Reform which holds 30 out of the 101 seats in the Riigikogu Estonian Parliament Reform Party said the new government wants to lower the social tax from the current 33 to 32 This decision makes creating jobs more favourable for businesses said Reform Party parliamentary faction vice chairman Remo Holsmer The new coalition also plans to raise the income tax threshold from 154 to 205 euros per month The government will also raise salaries for military volunteers during exercises and increase benefits to conscripts as well as increasing the availability of free defence training Monthly child benefits will also be raised to 60 euros a month from the current figure of 45 reports ERR 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

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  • Post-Nemtsov Russia
    adhered or did not adhere to The assassination of Nemtsov has just exploded this unity says Portnikov The same happened in 1924 after the assassination of Matteotti the unity of Italian political class was undermined so that Mussolini s regime could move on to the next actions for example to military aggression in Ethiopia in 1935 36 and get people s support Now the principal part of the ideology of the Russian regime is that Russia does not participate in the war And it is positively perceived by Russian society People are sure that Ukrainians arranged Maidan for themselves and caused a civil war in the country In order to succeed the Russian regime needs society to accept its participation in the war as Italian society accepted the war against Ethiopia or as Serbian society accepted the war against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina To do it in the face of the day For this sort of things you need to tie people with blood However Olexandr Palii a Ukrainian political expert thinks that it is inappropriate to claim that the assassination of Matteotti or Stambolic really legitimised the wars in Ethiopia Croatia or Bosnia and Hezegovina or to compare these crimes with Putin s policies These murders were primarily just a manifestation of the fear of the truth felt by false and bloody regimes even when the truth is weak Although one of the reasons of the assassination of Nemtsov can be the fact that he was collecting proof of Russian military aggression in Ukraine Continuing the thought about Russian people s acceptance of the war Vitaliy Portnikov says that now there is a real danger of military aggression towards Russia s neighbours such as Ukraine Poland Latvia Lithuania and Estonia Putin wants to re format the global security system says Portnikov If the Russian political regime is not broken down by the economic sanctions and political pressure sooner or later Putin will realize that he cannot scare the West with his actions in Ukraine The West does not have any real obligations to Ukraine except the Budapest Memorandum which is completely forgotten But to NATO member states it does have such obligations So Putin may wonder what will happen if there is a threat to the territorial integrity of the Baltic States or Poland What will NATO do After all there are two options says Portnikov Either NATO will explicitly defend the territorial integrity of the member states through its own military capabilities not economic sanctions not voting in the UN Security Council but through an adequate military strike Or there will be a but option that they do have these commitments but what about the Russian speaking population that has failed to integrate into the state system of these countries but what about the danger of nuclear war because we have to take into account that Russia is a nuclear power which can use tactical nuclear weapons without hesitation Also there is need to maintain the overall

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  • Arena Riga - now that's a venue that takes some beating
    the highest level Being a culturally diverse city Riga has a lot of different things to offer Still in my playbook going to Arena Riga to watch Dynamo play hockey or VEF play basketball beats most of them Unfortunately the most beloved of those two teams the Riga Lions as they are called didn t do much winning this year In fact the 2014 2015 Continental Hockey League season was one of the worst in modern Dynamo history Finishing the year with a track record of 22 wins and 30 losses the Lions didn t make the playoffs for just the second time in their 7 year CHL history The troubling point would be that the early exit happened for the second time in the last three seasons Nonetheless visiting Arena Riga to watch Dynamo play hockey even in these tough times is beyond special When those passionate fans start chanting Saraju Riga urging Dynamo skaters to move faster you fear the ice will crack Those cheers can be so booming and deafening that you can hardly hear the hockey fan sitting right next to you The main recipient of the fans love this season was Sweden forward Linus Videll who led Dynamo with 10 goals scored and 24 assists for 34 points Other players who performed well over the course of the season were domestic athletes Mikelis Redlihs and Lauris Darzins with 32 points each But even they couldn t move Dynamo past the bottom of the league standings Interestingly there may only be a limited number of the current squad around for next season As for now Dynamo has just five whose contracts continue past April 30 with the rest of them you ve got to negotiate anew The sense that the team might be moving in a different direction was palpable during the closing gala of this CHL season which took place on March 7 at the Arena Riga It was a retiring ceremony for the 42 year old hockey warrior Sandis Ozolins and not only celebrated the career of the best Latvian player ever but also symbolised the passing of the torch to a new generation It s funny to mention but you don t forget about hockey even when you come to Arena Riga to watch VEF play basketball The Catch 22 is how they alternate the playing turf for both sports sometimes on the very short notice To minimize technical complications the basketball parquet is bluntly put atop the ice rink thus creating very interesting situation Standing near the basketball court you can really feel the coolness of the ice beneath Maybe it makes life miserable for everybody close by but I imagine it urges players to run that much faster and jump higher during the game And frankly speaking VEF players don t tend to move too slowly during this United League Season In fact they regularly play solid basketball and still have a good chance to make the playoffs How they do

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    HUNGARIAN AMBASSADOR TO FINLAND Dear Sir Thank you for your attention and interest towards the actual developments in Hungary and in the Hungarian Es Read More The UK Baltic Security Partnership Firing on all Cylinders TARTU Last week the security situation of the Baltic states again returned to international prominence The initiator on this occasion was Br Read More Yann Tiersen Comes to Riga RIGA Musician Yann Tiersen best known for composing the soundtrack to the iconic French film Amelie will perform at the Pallad Read More Tallinn Music Week Hitting All the Right Notes TALLINN During the last weekend of March 205 artists from 26 countries will perform at the annual Tallinn Music Week Now in i Read More London Fashion Week Luxury Opulence Decadence and Bourgeois Elegance The fashion industry is one of the United Kingdom s biggest industries even exceeding car manufacturing The 2015 London Fashion Week or Read More Lithuania s quest for Eurovision glory STOCKHOLM Having been placed near the bottom of the list of the Eurovision Song Contest s results for what seemed like eternity Lithuan Read More Fiddles and Shamrocks in Riga and Tallinn RIGA Formed in the wild and beautiful hills of Connemara in Ireland back in 2002 Celtic Legends have come far from their humble beginnings an Read More Previous 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 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 Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events

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    SPECIAL REPORT Do statistics reflect reality for Latvia s young workers A recent survey published by Latvia s Central Statistics Bureau paints a positive picture for Latvian salaries showing average wage gro Read More Riga Sightseeing The Baltic Times TBT What is Riga Sightseeing Dmitry Jeroshenko Sales Marketing Manager Read More Riga should be more advertised in Asian markets says Vladimir Bessmertnovs The Baltic Times TBT What is Hotel Justus Vladimir Bessmertnovs Hotel Justus is a four sta Read More Latvian Fur Trade Free to Grow with Citizens Initiative Thrown out by Saeima RIGA Last month the Saeima rejected a citizens initiative against the breeding of fur bearing animals The initiative was organized by Read More BNI is a structured environment for the quality developping of businesses The Baltic Times TBT What is BNI Principles Philosophy Nerijus Lungys BNI Area Director Read More Ekspress Grupp reports 30 increase in profit for 2014 RIGA Estonian media company AS Ekspress Grupp announced that 2014 has been a prosperous year compared with the consolidated EBITDA from 2013 Read More The leading electricity supplier in the Baltics Latvenergo reports 35 6 down in profits for 2014 RIGA In 2014 joint stock power supply company Latvenergo saw profits drop by 35 6 percent In 2014 Read More Previous 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 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 Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born

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  • Black-outs shine spotlight on energy consumption
    Nordea and Swedbank blacked out their offices and customer service centres An easy opportunity to greenwash their corporate brands or an honest aspect of a larger operation to make their operations more sustainable Swedbank doesn t waste much ink on their official statement to The Baltic Times Environmental sustainability is a value for Swedbank by default We would not miss a chance to remind our employees of that writes public affairs manager Adriana Kaulina We recognise that one of the most serious challenges facing society our customers and our business is ongoing climate change about which one can read on the corporate sustainability section of Swedbank s international website Swedbank aims to reduce both the environmental impact of its own offices and operations and takes into account customers and holdings environmental risks and opportunities in investment and credit decisions And indeed the decorative facade lighting on Swedbank s iconic high rise building on the banks of the River Daugava was dutifully switched off at 20 30 although the logo and a few office lamps remained lit Perhaps some employees missed the memo Likewise Nordea switched off the lights in 12 buildings across Latvia Signe Lonerte head of public relations says that Nordea uses Earth Hour as a moment when we can look back at the previous year evaluate our deeds and establish new goals The bank is making efforts to reduce consumption of electricity down 46 100 kWh by its own reckoning and water down 400 litres in its offices and is collecting paper for recycling 1200 kilos in 2014 But a more noticeable change at least for its customers is a switch from paper bills to an electronic payment system which will most likely save more energy and resources than switching off the lights for 60 minutes per year The blacked out buildings may be the most visible aspect of Earth Hour But the event is also very much about individual participation and local events WWF Latvia announced that a record number of 55 municipalities and 20 local communities were organising events in Latvia alone as well as a handful of independent events taking place in Lithuania and Estonia Events ranged from simple bonfire and hot cocoa evenings to concerts acoustic of course and discussions Most impressive was without a doubt a 107 kilometre extreme running event which started on Friday evening in Riga and ended in Valmiera on Saturday evening The city of Valmiera also took other steps to show its commitment to the environment In January the city council approved the Valmiera Environment Declaration a goodwill commitment showing the municipality s resolution to improve its performance on 14 sustainability targets such as reducing vehicle emissions and switching to renewable energy During Earth Hour citizens were invited to come and sign the declaration to express their support for the initiative Comments Related Articles Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber

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  • Estonia’s industrial production increased in February
    February 2015 the production of industrial enterprises increased by 5 compared to February of the previous year Production increased in manufacturing and energy production but decreased in mining In February the production in manufacturing increased 6 compared to the same month of the previous year The growth in production volume was caused primarily by an increase in the manufacture of electronic and wood products in these sectors production rose 24 and 14 The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Estonia Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension Russian Roulette the shot of vodka heard round the world Estonia was Europe s biggest exporter of wooden houses in 2014 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 The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing

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