Direct Speech

International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Monday, 27.06.2016, 17:50

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Nord Stream facing future. First article.

Nord Stream facing future. First article.


The new project Nord Stream 2 providing for the construction of another gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea has been actively discussed in different countries. BC offers its readers a series of articles on this hot topic with the comments of Romans Baumanis, Regional Adviser of Nord Stream 2 for the Baltic states. In the first article of the cycle, we talked about the operation of the first submarine pipeline Nord Stream 1, touching upon the reasons for the development of the second project.

Keyword tags: Direct Speech, Energy, EU – Baltic States, Gas, Latvia

Recommendations prior to possible Brexit

Recommendations prior to possible Brexit


Experts of Rietumu Asset Management (RAM) make the recommendations prior to possible Brexit.

Politically exposed person from the point of view of the Latvian legislation

Politically exposed person from the point of view of the Latvian legislation


After the amendments to the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing entered into force on March 1, 2016 in Latvia, some of our clients applied to us with a request to comment on these amendments in terms of their compliance with the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia and the Declaration on the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms.

Should Lithuanian retailers wait in trepidation of Lidl’s entrance?

Should Lithuanian retailers wait in trepidation of Lidl’s entrance?


One of the most important and anticipated events in grocery retail in Lithuania is the opening of Lidl stores in the local market. Some expect that Lidl will change the grocery retailing landscape in Lithuania completely, with its entry the subject of much discussion in Lithuania – however, is Lidl really such a threat to the leading grocery retailers in Lithuania?

The dangerously weak ‘defenders of Western values’

The dangerously weak ‘defenders of Western values’


In context of escalating religious tensions internationally, world leaders must do more. Religious tension is one of the main drivers of contemporary conflict, yet global leaders woefully neglect this issue in international diplomacy, focusing rather on political engagement and conventional nation state politics.


Vasiliauskas: Eurozone drama too protracted, economy needs stronger impulse

The Lithuanian central bank governor says that the eurozone's economic recovery is too slow and fragile and monetary accommodation alone is not sufficient to get the economic engine running at full throttle, informs LETA/BNS.


At the focus of attention: demanded 20 mln euros

Rietumu Bank's President Alexander Pankov interview for Dienas Bizness (DB) about the "Panama documents" and related issues.


Putra: Latvian financial sector should work like a Swiss clock

Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry Edgar Putra thinks that the bank or the financial services industry Latvian should evolve in quality, rather than quantity direction, so that Latvia, like Switzerland, after some time be able to say that our banks work as precisely as a Swiss clock. Politician points to the important role of banks in economic growth, while developping loans.


Can Nord Stream 2 be stopped?

Nord Stream 2, the controversial Russian-German pipeline project, is generating fierce opposition in Central and Eastern Europe as well as from the European Parliament and the European Commission. But could the opponents of the pipeline, owned 50% by Gazprom and 50% by some of the largest Western European companies, stop the project?


Europe should embrace Nord Stream 2

The debate over Nord Stream 2, an expansion to the pipeline that connects Russia to Germany, seems like Groundhog Day: the same people are making the same arguments that they made 7-8 years years ago.


New people for new times

The Jewish world is going through a difficult time. An atmosphere of disaffection and animosity is condensing around the majority of diaspora communities. The governments of diaspora countries are not capable of ensuring a safe life for Jews.


Kalniete: refugees are the price the EU is paying for its foreign policy mistakes

In an interview with LETA, European Parliament Member Sandra Kalniete (Unity) said that the refugee crisis is the price the European Union is currently paying for its foreign policy mistakes by not properly assessing the situation in countries plagued by conflict.


Nord Stream 2 wants to unclog EU-Russia energy pipe dream

Plans to expand a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany will strengthen the EU Energy Union, Nord Stream 2 consortium spokesperson Ulrich Lissek told New Europe.


Governance of State-Owned Enterprises is challenge on the road towards Latvia’s OECD accession

Today, Latvia faces two challenges in its way towards the OECD: fight against corruption and the governance of State-Owned Enterprises.


Having launched and led the battle against offshore tax evasion. Is America source of the issue?

The Economist is speculating about the issue whether the United States is the founder and the leader in the fight against tax evasion, or vice versa – the source of the problem. The BC is publishing the fragments of the article with the comments of the law office SORAINEN about the global tax processes in connection with Latvia’s accession to the OECD.

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