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Saturday, 30.05.2015, 01:20
The amount of newly-issued loans in the first quarter this year indicates that Latvian companies have started investing again. Swedbank would gladly issue EUR 1 billion in loans if companies were ready to accept it, CEO of Swedbank Maris Mancinskis said in an interview with LETA.
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In an interview with LETA, the former director of the Constitutional Protection Bureau Janis Kazocins said that if Russian President Vladimir Putin loses power, even darker times could fall on Russia.
As the threat of Russia looms over peace and stability in the east, the EU must work to strengthen ties and cooperation with its eastern partners, writes Edgars Rinkevics.
Latvia is among those five European Union (EU) countries, which felt the largest direct benefit from the EU budget, this according to Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources, Kristalina Georgieva, in an interview with LETA.
Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov hopes that pragmatic forces, that wish for neighborly relations with Russia, will prevail in Latvia, reports LETA.
Just recently my colleague Inga Latkovska and me have finished a research “Latvian PR sphere practitioners opinions monitor 2015”, which was held in cooperation with the Latvian Association of PR professionals, cv-online.lv and the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia. In the survey of 250 Latvian PR specialists we have been able to make a slice of the sphere and to understand what the main trends are in the industry of public relations in Latvia.
Journalist of the British newspaper The Times Roger Boyes confirmed on Thursday that even though the President of Estonia used during the interview to him the term "useful idiots", he did not point out any country, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Address by Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma at the Social Partners’ Forum "The Role of Social Dialogue in Ensuring Economic Growth and High Quality Jobs”.
In order for banks to resume lending to the national economy, projects for which financing is requested need to be of better quality, believes Juris Bikis, Director of Latvijas Finieris and Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma's (Unity) advisor on economic matters, cites LETA.
In an interview with the Lithuanian news portal Delfi.lt, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said that, in the event of war, the Baltics lack the strategic advantages held by Ukraine, reports BNS/LETA.
Straujuma: Europe is affected by a number of aspects, ranging from local political pressures to changes in macroeconomic environment
Today, in Brussels, Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, in addressing the Centre for European Policy Studies at the conference "More or Less Europe”, highlighted the key aspects driving current economic, security and geopolitical challenges, reports BC press secretary to the Prime Minister Aiva Rozenberga.
European Commission’s “e-health in focus newsletter” published Interview with Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit Health and Wellbeing in the Commission, in which he underlined the achievements in 2014 and showed main challenges for sustainable healthcare in Europe. Below are listed some of Zilgalvis’ opinions on the EU’s e-health system.
Club president Valeri Belokon says he wants to help save Blackpool FC, though he needs assurances from owner Owen Oyston first.
In a special press conference yesterday, Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov said that even though the military conflict in Ukraine and other unsolved matters have influenced international relations, bridges have not yet been burnt between the European Union, United States and Russia, reports LETA.
The Baltic States, which have freed themselves from the Soviet rule, can help the West to better understand Russia's problems, says Lilia Shevtsova, researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center, reports LETA.