Posts published in Day: June 19, 2021

With today’s tax base, Estonia cannot continue as a welfare state

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Estonia cannot continue with its current tax base and new taxes are needed, speaker of the Riigikogu and chairman of the Center Party Jüri Ratas said on Friday. Ratas was asked by presenters Timo Tarve and Ainar Ruuhar on Kuku raadio’s “Kahe vahel” show, if the Estonian tax system should be reviewed. “I think it needs to be reviewed. But the question is not about the tax system, the question…

Moscow extends COVID-19 restrictions, closes Euro 2020 fan zones

Saturday, June 19, 2021

The Russian capital Moscow will extend COVID-19 restrictions imposed this week until June 29, mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Friday, after a surge in daily cases. The measures include bans on public events with more than 1,000 people, shutting cafes and restaurants at night, and closing soccer fan zones set up for the European Championship, Sobyanin said on his blog. The mayor said this week Moscow was facing a new,…

NATO vs. Russia: Putin’s Bombers and NATO Fighters Meet over Baltic

By Trevor Filseth on Saturday, June 19, 2021

Because the Baltic Sea would be one of the major air theaters of any future conflict between Russia and NATO, all nations have flown extensive sorties through the international airspace in its center, testing the other sides’ response times. The Baltic Sea can be a crowded place. 145,000 square miles of sea is shared between Russia, Finland, and Sweden, as well as the three Baltic states, Poland, Germany, and Denmark…

Baltic states rising as venture capital stars

Saturday, June 19, 2021

There appears to be no end to the steady stream of world-beating start-ups coming of the Baltic states. The Baltic states are competing with established tech innovation hubs like the Nordics and Israel and attracting interest from foreign investors, with venture capital firm Index Ventures ranking the Baltic states as the top three most startup-friendly countries in Europe. Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania led 22 countries including the US, UK, Israel,…

Ursula von der Leyen will pay a visit to Latvia

Saturday, June 19, 2021

On June 22, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will pay a visit to Latvia, according to the Latvian government. During the visit, a meeting with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and a visit to Riga Technical University are planned. Topics for discussion are expected to focus on the  European recovery plan   and allied matters.

Infectologist: Latvia needs to significantly increase vaccination pace against Covid-19

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Riga Stradins hospital infectologist, professor Uga Dumpis, in an interview with Latvian Television on June 17 said, that summer should be used to get ready for autumn, and Latvia needs to significantly increase vaccination pace against Covid-19. Dumpis said that the current vaccination reach in Latvia cannot provide protection from an outbreak of Covid-19 in the autumn. In order to avoid this, mass vaccination should be continued in the coming months.…