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    More Lithuania restructures to keep EU funding after 2021 Wednesday January 6 saw the Lithuanian government approve a plan to restructure the country s regions The decisio Read More Elementary my dear Riga January 9 2016 will see the Latvian capital viewed through the eyes of Sherlock Holmes the most famous literary creation by British author and Read More Lithuanian EU Commissioner slams Lithuania s pathetic foreign policy Lithuanian European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis believes Lithuania s foreign policy makers are shooting themselves in the foot Read More NATO dismisses Kremlin claims of being a security threat to Russia NATO refuses the Kremlin s claim that its stationing of troops and deployment of heavy weaponry in Eastern Europe is a threat to the Russian Read More Grybauskaite will not run for UN Secretary General post Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has been ruled out as a candidate for the position of United Nations Secretary General Read More 2015 saw lowest number of road traffic victims killed since 1990 Monday January 4 saw Lithuanian police figures reveal the number of people killed in traffic accidents in 2015 The fi Read More Vike Freiberga Latvia s unimportance will ensure its security Ex Latvian President Vaira Vike Freiberga believes Latvia s national security is ensured by its relatively unimportant role on the interna Read More Previous 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 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

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  • Linkevicius calls for pressure on Kremlin to ensure peace in Eastern Ukraine
    when the aggressor isn t even acknowledged as being part of the conflict Linkevicius believes the Minsk peace agreements signed last year and stipulating decentralisation and local elections remain the only path to resolving the conflict in Eastern Ukraine However a ceasefire must take place heavy armour must be withdrawn and members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE must be given access to all areas There are currently more tanks in the region than OSCE monitors and these tanks get to move about freely this something denied to the members of the OSCE the Lithuanian minister said According to Linkevicius the demand for decentralisation before de escalation would only fuel the extreme sentiments in the country forces that already want to take up arms to take back the occupied territories The Lithuanian minister s views coincide with those of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who on January when he said autonomy for eastern regions would not be granted until the implementation of the Minsk agreements were implemented The leaders of Ukraine Russia France and Germany agreed on the truce last February in the Belarusian capitalk The West linked its implementation with the easing of economic sanctions for Russia But both Ukrainian troops and Russia supported separatists have complained recently about increases in the agreement violations The war in Eastern Ukraine has cost the lives of more than 9 000 people since 2014 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

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  • Latvian Defence Minister - Russian snap military drills "very dangerous" to Baltic states
    Latvia should re examine the capability of its armed forces this year Bergmanis explained that Latvia often lacks information about Russia s military exercises near the Baltic border Everything is being done so that we learn about as little as possible he said It is very dangerous There are laws and international norms There should be information provided about military exercises involving a certain number of troops During a visit to Vilnius earlier in 2016 NATO s Deputy Secretary General Alexander Verbshow said that the organisation is considering new measures and plans for the defence of the Baltic airspace to deter Russia He added that NATO is analysing Moscow s reports about the new divisions in western regions Among the questions we will have to look at is what it will take to ensure effective air defence in even the most worse case scenario he said Baltic air policing is a good foundation but there may be a need to ensure that we have plans and capabilities to transition to air defense and having that capability is part of our deterrence 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

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  • No hurry at all
    class is that Parliament might get around to approving the Cabinet on Feb 11 That will be 66 days since the resignation of Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma n 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 Rhetoric at the Riga Conference what we talk about when we talk about war with Russia What refugees are running from What changes lie in store for Poland Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles The phantom of separatism in Latgale EDITORIAL The Baltic Security Question Baltics 2015 The long march to Paris 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

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  • The problem with ‘illiberal democracy’
    Beata Szydlo with Kaczynski ruling from behind the scenes as he holds no official post have described its actions as a blitz to install illiberal democra 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 Rhetoric at the Riga Conference what we talk about when we talk about war with Russia What refugees are running from What changes lie in store for Poland Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles The phantom of separatism in Latgale EDITORIAL The Baltic Security Question Baltics 2015 The long march to Paris 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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  • The Baltic powder keg
    that is of strategic and economic importance but is not teetering on the edge of war Regrettably the escalating tension on Russia s Western border h 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 Rhetoric at the Riga Conference what we talk about when we talk about war with Russia What refugees are running from What changes lie in store for Poland Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles The phantom of separatism in Latgale EDITORIAL The Baltic Security Question Baltics 2015 The long march to Paris 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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  • Upholding human development in Latvia
    of the Latvian Dyslexia Association and winner of the 2014 award in the category Outstanding Commitment to Education Aija Tuna Education Program Director Education Development Center Board member Knowledge Creation Lab winner in the category The Future of Latvia Award mentioned that The HDA was a very important evaluation of my work together with many schools grassroots NGOs and other community members across Latvia and will serve as the basis for further efforts especially in building new partnerships and fundraising for access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for everybody especially in rural areas said Tuna Nominations are currently being sorted to highlight achievements of individuals businesses and organisations that have significantly contributed to human development Nominations will be accepted until Feb 11 in the following categories 1 Social Responsibility Award for excellence in the development of society through exceptional generosity and commitment of time expertise and financial or organisational support 2 Outstanding Commitment to Education Award for improving the quality of and access to education and training that enhances the well being of people from all walks of life and promotes education as a lifelong process 3 Exemplary Contribution to Health and Well Being Award for promotion of healthy living and supporting and improving access to healthcare and the well being of communities and individuals and reducing health inequalities 4 The Future of Latvia Award for the enhancement of youth and children s welfare and healthy development and their rights to grow up in a loving and stable environment including in foster and guardian families The Award ceremony will take place on April 15 2016 where winners will receive the sculpture Sprout designed by artist Olga Silova recognition and promotion of their initiative in addition to an invitation to the awards ceremony where winners will have the opportunity

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  • Russia’s new dissidents find safe haven in Baltics
    by 1989 they were just 52 per cent Fears of permanent Russification and tensions over the failure of the majority of immigrants to learn the native languages were great motivators in the 1980s resistance to the Soviet Union in Estonia protestors marched under banners demanding Peatage Lasnamae Stop Lasnamae a reference to a vast suburb of Tallinn begun in the early seventies and mostly housing Russian speaking immigrants in Riga protests were sparked by the mooted construction of a metro system a huge project that would have led to further mass immigration mostly from Russia Even now resentment remains among Estonians Latvians and Lithuanians over the human and economic damage of the Soviet Union and the sizeable number of ethnic Russians who remain unintegrated and unable or unwilling to communicate in the state language But Chirikova says she has experienced no problems at all linked to nationalism since her arrival in Tallinn she tells me that she has many Estonian friends and that Estonian people are really very kind and very good Troitsky also says that he has never faced any hostility due to being Russian in Estonia in fact intriguingly he says that he and other recent Russian emigres have had a harder time with local ethnic Russians who make up almost half the population in Tallinn He gives the example of a Russian woman he knows who was recently berated by an ethnic Russian taxi driver for leaving her homeland and coming to fascist Estonia He stresses the cultural differences between those who arrived in the Soviet period mostly working class patriotic reluctant to learn Estonian with the better educated liberal members of the intelligentsia now relocating For them we are traitors We are people who betrayed Russia came to Estonia and tried to be more Estonian than the Estonians are themselves which I think isn t true but this is their theory Someone who has a lot of experience of mediating between the two sections of Baltic society is Anatolijs Golubovs editor at the Russian language Delfi news site in Riga Delfi is the largest news network in the Baltic States managing ten websites across the three countries in six different languages all three state languages in addition to Russian English and Polish Delfi has at times faced criticism over the loose synchronisation in editorial tone and featured content between the different sites especially where Russia is concerned in 2014 a commentator for Estonia s national broadcaster attacked Estonia s Russian language version of Delfi for running allegedly pro Putin anti Ukraine material not reproduced on the Estonian language version Asked about this Golubovs comments that the split in interests and to a large extent political views between the two sections of Latvian society mean that it is not profitable to simply translate material from the Latvian language site he gives the huge song and dance festival that takes place in Riga every five years as a subject that has relatively little interest for Russian speaking readers This division in society even influences semantic choices while Latvian language media calls the forces controlling Donetsk and Luhansk terrorists Russian Delfi prefers separatists and even this is still viewed as unnecessarily derogatory by many of its readers Confirming that he has seen a sharp uptick in job applications from Russia in recent years Golubovs comments that the new arrivals see the very bright sides of life here appreciating things like the comparatively well cared for environment the architecture of Old Riga affordable prices and the greater ease of dealing with officials Crucially they also view their presence in Latvia in a very different way from established Russians They don t feel that this is their country they feel that it is somehow different and they have to integrate which means learning the language and respecting local customs This contrasts sharply with Russians born in Latvia whose attitude is often that Latvia is their country and they should not have to integrate Since the crisis in Ukraine the integration of Russian speakers always a contentious subject has become an even more pressing issue in Baltic discourse and the effect of Russian media has been a central concern Russian media is louder and better funded and is considerably more popular with local Russians than local alternatives The Baltic countries are frequently featured on news broadcasts usually in a negative light stories tend to draw upon existing sources of tension such as the small but hugely contentious march of Latvian Legion veterans Latvian soldiers who fought with the Waffen SS that takes place in Riga every March The citizenship laws of Estonia and Latvia are also often cited as proof that the Baltics abuse human rights after the end of the occupation and the restoration of independence only those residents who could prove a family connection to the pre war republic were given automatic citizenship the rest had to pass a language and citizenship test with the consequence that 21 per cent of Russians in Estonia and 30 per cent in Latvia remain stateless effectively citizens of a defunct state The fear has been that lingering resentment over issues such as this could be exploited by misinformation in majority Russian areas like Ida Virumaa in northeast Estonia or Latgale in southeast Latvia perhaps covertly supported by Russian troops The response of the Baltic countries has been inconsistent at times aggressive at others conciliatory Lithuania has twice issued three month suspensions for Russian TV channels accused of propaganda Estonia by contrast recently launched a new government funded Russian language TV channel although few think it will compete with the better funded offerings coming from across the border But the last couple of years have seen the development of a reverse model Russian language media organisations using the Baltics as a base to broadcast information critical of the Russian state The most high profile of these is the website Meduza which launched in Riga in late 2014 Meduza s offices are now located in

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