Posts published in Day: June 2, 2021

Is EU foreign policy about to change?

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

In the face of a host of recent international incidents, the European Union appears to be moving toward a more muscular foreign policy, as the tempering effect of Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, begins to weaken. EU consensus is an elusive prize but the mid-air intercept of a Ryanair aircraft in Belarus this month galvanized the bloc. Conducted under the pretext of a bomb threat, the objective was to detain a…

Estonian opposition party calls for defense minister no-confidence motion

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Opposition party Isamaa says defense minister Kalle Laanet (Reform) should face a no-confidence vote at the Riigikogu over defense spending cuts which may lay off over 250 people. The party’s board announced on Tuesday, following a meeting, that making 270 defense personnel from the regular Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) and the volunteer Defense League (Kaitseliit) redundant would be unacceptable. Isamaa’s chair Helir-Valdor Seeder said Laanet’s statements on the matter have…

Vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds begins Wednesday in Latvia

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Vaccination of teenagers aged 12 to 15 in Latvia begins Wednesday, June 2. Children aged 12 to 15 will receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved as safe by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). If the child is 12-13 years old, their parent or legal guardian must sign them up either by phone 8989 or with their family doctor. The parent or legal guardian must be present when vaccination is carried out and…

Over 82,000 people got their Covid-19 certificate on first day in Latvia

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

On Monday, June 1, access to the digital Covid-19 certificate started to work. On the first day, by 4 PM the site was visited 238,000 times and 82,000 certificates were downloaded, Latvian Television reported. The system was launched earlier on Monday than initially planned because of the hockey championship. But data from all systems hasn’t yet been collected in one place. A number of people on social networks were surprised that…

Anti-graft cops suspect interest in fake vaccination

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has picked up signals of possible interest in counterfeit vaccine certificates. Family doctors say it’s unthinkable, LSM’s Russian language service reported June 2. “Questions are starting to come in whether I can’t produce a bogus Covid vaccination fact and certificate. It’s a crime, of course. But if there is demand, there is also an offer somewhere,” family doctor Gundega Skruze-Janava  wrote on Twitter…