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Thursday, 29.01.2015, 14:15
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.
Keyword tags: Analytics, Baltic States – CIS, Direct Speech, EU – Baltic States, Russia
CSR Latvia is CSR Europe’s second Baltic national partner. In this interview, Agnese Alksne, Chairwoman of the Board of CSR Latvia, outlines what they as a stakeholder network see as current CSR trends and challenges in Latvia and the Baltics; and comments on the upcoming Latvian EU presidency.
A new cold war is already on, and the West has made a mistake in being unprepared for such a situation, former British Ambassador to Latvia Ian Bond said in an interview with the portal lsm.lv, cites LETA.
There is an urgent need to reorient the current policies of the European Union toward Russia and Ukraine. I have been arguing for a two-pronged approach that balances the sanctions against Russia with assistance for Ukraine on a much larger scale. The article was presented to BC by Ishara Bhasi Callan from Apollo Strategic Communications.
What Europe desperately needs is care and love. Love for its history, for what it experiences at present (with all the integration efforts) and love for what Europe might face in future. The main message of the world’s Christian leader to the European Parliament at the end of 2014 was to strive for spiritual renaissance; as the function the soul is to support the body, to be its conscience and its historic memory.
Prime Minister of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevicius will celebrate the New Year in a distinct manner, when the clock strikes twelve he will withdraw the first Lithuanian euro banknotes from an ATM. The ceremony will mark the beginning of the new era as on 1 January Lithuania joins the euro area. The leader of the Social Democratic Party, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius assured ELTA news agency journalist Jadvyga Bieliavska that the euro adoption will be beneficial for businesses, consumers and Lithuania on the whole, cites LETA.
2014 has been one of the most difficult and least successful years in the Latvian-Russian relations for the past twenty years, Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov said during a meeting with several Latvian mass media, cites LETA.
Addressing the Harmony party congress on December 20th, Riga mayor and the party's chairman Nils Usakovs compared the current situation in Latvia with Soviet-era stagnation, reports LETA.
As Estonia unveiled the world’s first e-residency in December 2014, the first steps were taken to creating a regulated and organised identification process purely for Internet users. The scheme, designed to provide willing participants with an online identity that is recognised by the Estonian state and embedded in a physical chipped card, does not give participants any actual legal citizenship. However, the e-residency can act like a legitimate proof of identity online, thereby potentially streamlining legal, bureaucratic and financial procedures.
As retaliation for blacklisting Russian political Konstantin Simonov, Russia could in the near future blacklist a political scientists or official from Latvia in a tit-for-tat move, political observer Karlis Dauksts told LETA.
The noted American analyst and expert on the Soviet Union, Paul Goble, is drawing attention to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland's statements made during her recent visit in Latvia, that "Americans are prepared to die for Latvia", cites LETA.
During his visit to Lithuania, Edward Lucas, one of the most prominent British columnists analysing geopolitical situation in the Eastern Europe, urged Lithuania to pay more attention to dissemination of its success stories and be more active in fight with the even smallest provocations of Russia in their early stages.
The International Arbitration Tribunal in Paris handed down on October 24 an award unprecedented for Latvia that ordered the Kyrgyz government to pay Latvian citizen Valeri Belokon $16.5 million for the illegal expropriation of his Kyrgyz-based Manas Bank. The Baltic Course asked the chairwoman of JSC Belokon Holding's management board, Anita Matisone, to comment on the award.
Latvian political observer Iveta Kazoka believes that the prospective government is not unified, but ''a pie divided into three slices'', with each piece trying to spite the other, writes LETA.
Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma's (Unity) political goal, as the head of the new government, will be to increase the welfare of Latvian families.