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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Saturday, 04.07.2015, 02:39

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Andris Vilks: Greece's behavior is the most shameless the EU has ever witnessed

Andris Vilks: Greece's behavior is the most shameless the EU has ever witnessed

02.07.2015

In an interview with Latvian Television today, former Latvian Finance Minister Andris Vilks said that every EU country is trying to help Greece as much as they can, but that Greece's behavior is the most shameless the EU has ever witnessed. ''They are trying to screw everyone over,'' said Vilks, cites LETA.

Keyword tags: Direct Speech, Economics, EU – Baltic States, Financial Services, Latvia



Zile: introducing quotas do not solve the refugee problem

Zile: introducing quotas do not solve the refugee problem

30.06.2015

In an interview with LETA, European Parliament Member Roberts Zile (All for Latvia!-For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK) said that the European Commission's proposed refugee quota system does not tackle the actual refugee problem.

Medvedev: Baltic States have created an image of Russia as an enemy

Medvedev: Baltic States have created an image of Russia as an enemy

11.06.2015

Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev said today that Russia is ready to develop relations with the Baltics on equal principles, however, because of political reasons they are not interested in cooperation with Moscow, cites TASS/LETA.


Swedbank would gladly issue EUR 1 bln in loans if Latvian companies were ready to accept it

Swedbank would gladly issue EUR 1 bln in loans if Latvian companies were ready to accept it

26.05.2015

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.

Kazocins: if Putin loses power, even darker times could fall on Russia

Kazocins: if Putin loses power, even darker times could fall on Russia

21.05.2015

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.

19.05.2015

Rinkevics for "The Parliament" magazine: EU committed to peace, prosperity and stability

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.

12.05.2015

Kristalina Georgieva: Latvia is among five countries feeling the largest benefits from EU budget

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.

07.05.2015

Russian ambassador hopes that "pragmatic forces" will prevail in Latvia

Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov hopes that pragmatic forces, that wish for neighborly relations with Russia, will prevail in Latvia, reports LETA.

13.04.2015

What is the scope of PR in Latvia in 2015?

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.

09.04.2015

Estonian President in the center of a scandal again

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.

31.03.2015

Address by Laimdota Straujuma at the Social Partners’ Forum

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”.

25.03.2015

Juris Bikis: Latvian banks refuse to issue loans as projects lack quality

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.

04.03.2015

Saakashvili: Baltics do not have the strategic advantages Ukraine does

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.

26.02.2015

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.

16.02.2015

European health strategy through Commission’s and Latvian Council Presidency

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.

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