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  • Incumbent Reform Party wins Estonian parliamentary elections
    of the votes which gives it 30 seats in the 101 seat Riigikogu This is by 3 seats less than it had in the previous parliament This is the third successive parliamentary election won by the Reform Party Estonia s largest opposition party the Centre Party scored the support of 24 8 of voters giving it 27 seats in the parliament an increase of one seat from the previous elections Recently worldwide attention was focused on the possibility that the Centre Party described by some as pro Russia and which is led by the controversialmayor of Tallinn Edgar Savissaar could win the election The Social Democratic Party collected 15 2 of votes and 15 seats four fewer than at the last election Pro Patria and Res Publica Union PRU finished in fourth place with 13 7 and 14 seats nine fewer than last time The newcomers in the parliament include the Free Party and Conservative People s Party EKRE The Free Party gained 8 7 of votes and 8 seats and EKRE 8 1 and 7 seats 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/incumbent_reform_party_wins_estonian_parliamentary_elections/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Russia sends note of protest to Vilnius over arming Ukraine
    minister told Elta that he had learnt about the note only from media reports and still has not read the official document This practice of turning the situation inside out and criticising us is no longer very surprising We do not deny it we have said repeatedly in the past that we are helping Ukraine in all areas Linkevicius told Elta Last year Lithuania publicly announced that it would send certain elements of weaponry to Ukraine without specifying what form these would take Lithuania is the only EU member state so far to have confirmed they are taking this action The Russian note of protest stresses that such behaviour is against many rules of the European Union and is a direct breach of Lithuania s legal obligations regarding arms exports According to Linkevicius the elements of weaponry which Lithuania is providing Ukraine with have no material impact on the resolution of the conflict and are more like a solidarity gesture with a country which lacks the necessary capacity to defend itself from aggression 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/russia_sends_note_of_protest_to_vilnius_over_arming_ukraine/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Ageing, inequality and insufficient workforce Latvia's biggest challenges: new survey
    asked to name the challenges Latvia will have to face in the coming five years 52 percent of respondents mentioned ageing 42 percent mentioned social inequality 39 percent mentioned insufficient workforce 31 percent mentioned unemployment and 29 percent mentioned a negative economic situation Less frequent concerns included increased immigration cited by a quarter of respondents economic competition with other countries 21 percent a tense geopolitical 16 percent and disagreements between different ethnicities 13 percent When asked to describe what life in Latvia will be like in five years time 35 percent of respondents said it will get better 17 percent of respondents were pessimistic and said that life will be tougher while 30 percent said that nothing will have changed The survey was conducted from January 9 to 24 A total of 1 000 respondents between the ages of 18 and 74 were interviewed 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/ageing__inequality_and_insufficient_workforce_latvia_s_biggest_challenges__new_survey/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Baltic countries submit joint EC funding application for Rail Baltica
    planning to launch implementation of the Rail Baltica project by developing a technical project for the section of the railway that will pass through the centre of Latvia reconstructing Riga Central railway station and related infrastructure constructing a railway station at Riga International Airport and the construction of a railway section between Riga Central station and Riga Airport The application will be examined by the European Commission and the agreement on the EU funding for the project could be signed by autumn of this year According to Latvian Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss Unity Rail Baltica is the largest public rail infrastructure project in a hundred years as well as being a major cross border project with high added value The railway is proposed to link Berlin and Tallinn passing through Warsaw Kaunas Vilnius and Riga en route This is hoped to greatly decrease travel times within the Baltics it is not currently possible to travel directly between any of the Baltic capitals by rail Attached to the application for funding from the Connecting Europe Facility and the joint support letter signed by the Baltic transport ministers are supporting letters from the Polish and Finnish transport ministries 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/baltic_countries_submit_joint_ec_funding_application_for_rail_baltica/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Latvia's Karosta prison listed in US magazine's top 10 unusual stays
    you lay your head the portal points out and goes on to describe ten unusual accommodation sites all over the world including Karosta Prison Are you a victim of your own bad behavior Do you deserve to be punished Laugh lustily if you will but this experiential hotel will not only provide you with a stay straight out of the factual past but will actually treat you like the prisoner you might have been had you crossed the wrong authorities once upon a time Your meals will be just like those thrown at the prisoners who long ago suffered within these very walls many of whom were shot in the head before checkout You ll sleep behind iron bars in a room with only the bare necessities And the guards will bark orders hurl abuse and punish you with exercise if you dare to disobey S M never had it so bad Premiere Travel writes Karosta Prison is claimed to be the only military prison in Europe open to tourists It was originally built as a hospital at the start of the twentieth century while Latvia was part of the Russian Empire after the failed revolution of 1905 it was converted to a military prison which remained its use throughout the Soviet occupation In 1997 it stopped operating as a prison and shortly afterwards opened as a museum 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

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  • Lithuania leads Europe in fibre-optic network penetration
    the best result out of any of the 39 European countries where the study was conducted in late 2014 Integrated telecommunication IT and TV services provider Teo has the most developed fibre optic Internet network in Lithuania Last year alone the company s FTTH Internet customer base increased by more than a tenth and reached over 200 000 households or almost two thirds of the country s population Since 2007 Teo has invested 157 million euros in a next generation FTTH access network the company reports Sweden which is quickly catching up with Lithuania appears in second place in Europe with almost 33 percent of its population using the fastest Internet access in 2014 Latvia is in third place with a penetration rate of 29 percent while Estonia appears in 13th place with 12 percent of households covered With a rate of nearly 70 percent the United Arab Emirates leads the world in FTTH penetration 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/lithuania_leads_europe_in_fibre-optic_network_penetration/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Moscow's main goal in Baltics to sow doubts about NATO response
    air defense At the same time he acknowledges that Moscow s effort has had some success because it has led people in the Baltic countries to ask the wrong question They are asking will NATO defend us rather than will we ourselves as members of NATO defend ourselves That is the proper question because all NATO members must participate Estonia Latvia and Lithuania must be prepared to work as alliance members and be ready to defend themselves Maliukevicius says and the reason that is so important is very much on public view in Ukraine Why should the world recognize that Ukraine is fighting with Russia or provide it with weaponry when Ukraine itself will not declare martial law By analogy he continues people in Lithuania must be asking themselves Are we prepared to defend ourselves from an aggressor Have we invested enough and devoted enough money for that task Those must be the first questions and only then should we be talking about the actions of our allies It is of course theoretically possible that NATO and the US would not react to Russian aggression Laurinas Kaciunas an analyst at Vilnius s Center for the Study of Eastern Europe says but if it failed to respond the entire security system the West has built and maintained for half a century would collapse Russia s nuclear arsenal doesn t change that he argues because Moscow had nuclear weapons throughout the cold war and nonetheless did not challenge the Western alliance with a military attack Moreover with regard to the Baltic countries they are in a higher security league than Ukraine because they are members of NATO and Ukraine isn t That is something all Western leaders recognize and their recognition of that fact should give the Baltic countries confidence and the

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  • Lithuanian Defence Council decides to reintroduce military conscription
    duty and a matter of honour to defend our Homeland the president said The Lithuanian armed forces will be manned on a mixed basis and composed of both professionals and conscripts the presidential press service said Similar sized countries in the region also have mixed type armed forces including Finland Estonia Norway and Denmark The move should allow Lithuania to complete the manning of its army in 2015 2016 and to fully build a sufficient military reserve over the next 18 months Lithuania s Chief of Defence Major General Jonas Vytautas Zukas has said that conscripts will be selected for service by lotteries According to the chief of defence battalions are poorly manned at the moment only two of them have more than 50 percent of the required number of troops This critical shortage of troops is a real threat to the state s security Around 3 000 conscripts are planned to be called up during the third and fourth quarters of 2015 Another 16 000 conscripts will be drafted in the next five years they will later become the army s reserve Major General Zukas says that conscripts will be selected randomly by lottery as the US did during the Vietnam War Healthy educated men with no previous convictions between the ages of 19 to 27 will be eligible for military service Failure to show up for conscription will lead to criminal responsibility If Lithuania s parliament approves the changes made by the State Defence Council the first conscripts should be brought back to the armed forces already this September Lithuania s army has around 13 000 troops at the moment 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

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