Obstructions, Raptors, Ice Hockey and Eurovision

Crimean Tatar çiberek with Ukrainian radish and tomato salad

Latvian FM Edgars Rinkēvičs welcomes his counterpart of Liechtenstein, Dominique Hasler, to Riga
Lithuania to continue to seek deal with Latvia, Estonia on faster synchronization
Juškin: Russia to become a dictatorship after Ukraine loss
‘There are no safe areas in Lithuania’ – climate change gives boost to tick-borne diseases
LTV’s De Facto looks at Latvia’s drug problem
Estonia: Many Ukrainian children learning in two schools
Sky-high summit costs raise questions in Lithuania
From promise to reality: Football for Schools launches in Latvia
British royal family is a symbol of stability in intl politics – Lithuanian president
Politicians’ stance toward Istanbul Convention probed by LTV’s De Facto
Swedish defense minister: Sweden should have joined NATO decades ago
Thousands enjoy Rīga Marathon events
Monument to anti-Soviet resistance leader defaced in Lithuania
Estonia: State faces tough negotiations with Nursipalu residents
Two Lithuanians successfully rescued from pirate-hijacked ship
Next Rail Baltic environmental reports endorsed in Estonia
Annual Latvia-Lithuania Balts’ Award open for nominations
Circular procurement lessons to be included in Estonian strategies
Multinational military exercise Iron Wolf 2023-1 kicks off in Lithuania
Top 5 Supermarket Retail Chains In Estonia
Masses of dead birds found in Krāslava; avian flu suspected
Lithuania’s State Defence Council backs proposal to create army division
Latvia’s industrial production down 6.3% in March
Ukraine Should Get Concrete Path to Join NATO, Estonia Says
Latvia and Liechtenstein are against Russian and Belarusian athletes’ participation in Paris Olympics – Rinkevics
Estonia’s Registered Crypto Firms Drop 80% as Tough New Checks Reveal ‘Suspicious’ Behavior
Latvia up four places in World Rugby Men’s Rankings powered by Capgemini
Kanter: War not understood the same way as in Estonia elsewhere
Estonian MEP leads charge against Lithuania’s migrant pushback law in Brussels
Estonia: Snap military exercise Okas ends
Nominations Announced for Lithuanian National Silver Crane Awards 2023
Estonia: State wants to redirect funds from wealthy municipalities to rural areas
Lithuanian military to buy 371 trucks for €216m
Kuressaare to make do with only boiled water until further notice
Retail trade in Latvia down deeper than average in EU and Eurozone
Estonia: Opposition obstructs tax, benefit change amendment readings
Russians take language test to avoid expulsion from Latvia
Migrants give temporary relief to labour shortage in Lithuania’s catering sector
Will birch sap and cold soup tempt tourists to Latvia?
Mayor: Mariupol Drama Theater graffiti sprayed in Narva is a ‘provocation’
Latvia: Korean film festival coming in June
Inside Europe’s largest vertical farm, growing a tenth of Lithuania’s salad
Kariņš: state capital companies could be listed on stock exchange
Latvia’s problem with violence against women
Latvia statistics yearbook published in English
Azerbaijan, Lithuania discuss cooperation issues
The Isle of Man: standing proud
Moldovan Prosecutors Raid Pro-Russian Shor Party in Gagauzia
Moldova’s breakaway Transnistria asks Russia to increase number of peacekeepers in region
The GOP-Hungary connection shaping the ’24 campaign
Polish military aircraft almost crashes into Black Sea after being intercepted by Russian fighter jet
After opening borders, China presses Singapore for visa-free travel deal
Sweden lowers fossil fuel reduction targets, risks 2030 climate goals
Chinese militia boats cross Indian, ASEAN warships exercising in South China Sea
In Norway, the Electric Vehicle Future Has Already Arrived
Ukraine moves day to mark Nazi surrender in shift towards West
‘Much light, little shadow’: Germany launches strategy to speed solar boom
Russia attacks Ukraine with huge drone swarm ahead of Victory Day holiday
Norway walks a tightrope in the Arctic
Canada expels Chinese diplomat accused of targeting lawmaker
Finland and Sweden sign arrangement to jointly procure mobile systems
Belarusian jailed for satirical drawing dies behind bars
Japan’s Hamamatsu Photonics says Denmark denies approval for NKT Photonics acquisition
Russia Set for Muted Victory Day as Ukrainian Counteroffensive Looms
South Korea and Germany share same geopolitical dilemma

1950 May 9: Schuman Declaration, Europe Day
F-22 Raptors arrive in Estonia to deter aggression over Baltic skies
F-22 Raptors deploy to Ämari in NATO eastern flank deterrence duties
Polish PM sparks controversy with awards to Lithuanian politicians
Estonia squeezes out 400 crypto firms after new laws
Despite struggling to field full brigades, Lithuania to create a military division
Berry and fruit growers lose harvest due to cold spring in Latvia
Ukrainian authorities launch criminal proceedings in Estonian NGO Slava Ukraini scandal
Flower flag in support of Ukraine at Freedom Monument, Rīga
Lithuania’s monthly inflation close to zero in April
Estonia: Europe Day more important and symbolic than ever
1,700 Russian citizens apply for Latvian language exam in Daugavpils
Narva Museum hangs poster facing Russia depicting Putin as war criminal
Latvia: Fine for influencer’s miracle cure claims
Police takes down flag praising Russia in Vilnius
Survey: Most employees in Estonia burned out at work
New EU sanctions on Russia won’t be big – Lithuanian FM
State Revenue Service reports overall tax debts are down in Latvia
Lithuanian military division to be formally established this year, says defence minister
Latvian literature, film festival in Berlin this week
Lithuania mulls national ban to prevent sanctioned goods from reaching Russia
The Pavilion of Latvia Presents a Supermarket of Architectural Ideas at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale
Lithuania adopts ‘green’ fuel taxes in bid to access EU funds
Europe Day marked in Latvia
High-level Delegation from Saudi Digital Government Authority Visits Tallinn to Promote Cooperation with Estonia
Latvians call and text less, browse Internet more
Several dozen commemorate Victory Day in Vilnius amid Ukraine war tensions
Latvia and the Netherlands reafirm unwavering support to Ukraine
Exercise Swift Response 23 brings mass para jump to Järva County
Stena Line Acquires The Ferry And RoRo Port Operations In Ventspils, Latvia
Estonia: European of the Year title bestowed on Kaja Kallas
Important recognition for women working in the Lithuanian Fintech sector
Estonia becomes a founding member of the CoE’s register of war damages
Lithuania hits banks with windfall levy after interest rate hikes
Estonia rejects Russia’s demand to take down anti-Putin poster
Lithuanian parliament passes windfall profits tax on banks
Estonian prosecution launches criminal proceedings in Slava Ukraini case
Lithuanian MP’s post about Israel draws condemnation as anti-Semitic
May 9 commemorated in Tallinn
Vandals deface three memorials in Ida-Viru County
Latvia: Several detained for glorifying Russian invasion of Ukraine
Removal of historical door incenses Kaunas architecture aficionados
Crowds gather in Narva to watch Victory Day concert on Russia’s border
Latvia prepares for stint in Council of Europe spotlight
Majority of Estonian residents support same-sex marriage
Twenty-six detained in relation to May 9 in Latvia
Estonia, Latvia to sign agreement to ensure gas supply in emergencies
Adopting green policies can reduce risks to North Macedonia’s agriculture sector
Gagauzia Takes Center Stage in Moscow’s Efforts to Rein In Moldova
Clean Arctic Alliance Recommendations for the Norway Chair of the Arctic Council
Fears mount for the Arctic as cooperation with Russia stalls
China’s shrinking imports, slower exports growth darken economic outlook
US announces $1.2 billion aid package to Ukraine with counteroffensive looming
Germany sees record number of politically motivated crimes
Britain asks companies to supply long-range missiles for Ukraine
German states seek return of border controls with Poland amid surge in “irregular migration”
Ukraine: Von der Leyen visits Kyiv to mark Europe Day
Elon Musk and Tesla break ground on massive Texas lithium refinery
Can Denmark rely on wind and solar while avoiding electricity shortages?
Lukashenko ‘begs Putin to provide him with transport’ during Victory Day walkabout
FBI says it has sabotaged hacking tool created by elite Russian spies
Poland’s sent Kyiv more tanks than Germany, Czechia, Netherlands, U.S. combined
Don’t Take Poland’s Role for Granted: A Far-Right Government May Not Support Ukraine
Russia’s ‘Victory Day’ Parade Featured Just 1 Tank and No Paratroopers
Finland’s Audiovisual Translators Win Higher Rates, Paid Leave in Historic Agreement

1877 May 10: Romania Independence Day
Estonia: Supervisory board recalls Slava Ukraini manager Johanna-Maria Lehtme
Harsher sentences planned for stalking and threats in Latvia
‘Western Europe wouldn’t have missed the Baltics’ – how Latvia and Estonia joined the EU
Food prices fall slowly in Latvia
Estonian state planning drone testing area in Tartu
Latvia’s ban on gambling ads only a formality, say authorities
Lithuanian MPs propose equating Russia’s Ukraine invasion to Nazi, Soviet crimes
Green cards of vehicles registered in Russia no longer valid from June
Latvia: Two police officers accused of assaulting detainee
Port of Tallinn Q1 2023 profits down even as revenues rise
Public service media needs to be where its audience is – LRT director general
Stena Line acquires ferry and port operations in Ventspils
Heraldry authority urges Lithuanian state bodies to stop using Ukraine flags on social media
US Cyber Command ‘Hunts Forward’ in Latvia
Germany and Estonia to Build Baltic WindConnector
Canada, Latvia to begin joint Ukrainian training mission next week
ISS chief on Russia’s stage near Narva: It’s okay, let people feel good
Latvia: March foreign trade figures dropped after steady growth
Expenses for Estonian leaders’ overseas trips sometimes covered by hosts
Lithuania’s parliament speaker says MP’s post on Israel is ‘casual anti-Semitism’, calls for probe
Latvia: Construction enjoyed mini-boom in first quarter
Lithuania: Leafood officially opens its 4000m2 vertical farm
Latvian navy runs drills for search and rescue operations
Estonia: Former president Arnold Rüütel celebrates his 95th birthday
Lithuania to donate 5,000 coronavirus vaccines to Azerbaijan
Tallinn Mayor: ‘Critical’ traffic situation to last at least to year end
Migrant situation on Latvia-Belarus border still tense
Port of Tallinn flags up plans for Estonia-Finland green shipping corridor
Pesticide sales in Latvia rose significantly from 2011-2021
Lithuania’s Nelly Jelly poised for international growth
Canada, Latvia to train Ukrainian troops on Latvian soil: Anand
Russians take language test to avoid expulsion from Latvia
Lithuania receives €542m from EU Recovery fund
Estonian politicians split over EU majority voting discussions
EU weekly wheat exports at 299k mt week to May 8, led by Lithuania
Freight traffic traveling to Russia continues to struggle
Daimler to Provide Over 300 Utility Trucks for Lithuanian Army
95 Riigikogu members sign statement supporting Ukraine’s NATO membership
Levits will not run for second term as Latvian President
Estonia slashes crypto-friendly incentives ahead of MiCA
Canada and Latvia to jointly train Ukrainian officers
US Air Force F-22 air superiority fighters reinforce NATO presence in Estonia
Latvia’s Eurovision entry fails to qualify for final
Estonia’s Swaper sees €10m funded in April
Central banks are undergoing a data revolution
Finland investigates extensive smuggling of cigarettes from Estonia, Latvia
Lithuanian Man Rowed Across the Atlantic Ocean From Spain to Florida in 121 Days
Long-awaited ‘Canon of Flanders’ is finally revealed
EFA Group calls on France to respect linguistic diversity
Five French Channel Islands you may never have heard of
Ireland wants to put its soaring corporate tax receipts into a new sovereign wealth fund
Sweden’s ‘Truth Commission’ delves into painful Sami past
Bosnia and Herzegovina yields to Ukraine and Morocco on the global raspberry market
Will The U.S. And Turkmenistan Finally Grow Closer?
Vladimir Putin pal Lukashenko ‘may have been poisoned’
Czech president: Ukraine could have our L-159 jets
A Journey Into Norway’s Endless Night
Exclusive: Biden to sign defence pact in Papua New Guinea, with eyes on China
Sweden to debut world’s first e-motorway in 2025
Ukraine war will increasingly pit quantity against quality -NATO official
US approves first transfer of seized Russian funds to Ukraine
Biden to host India’s Modi with human rights in mind -White House
Finland’s PM Sanna Marin files for divorce
US conducts raids at two properties of China’s Jinko Solar
Poland recommends Russia’s Kaliningrad be called Królewiec
Border crossings top 10,000 daily as migrants seek U.S. entry before Title 42 ends
Germany doubles down on China port deal despite new security concerns

Russians ‘Haven’t Changed’ Since World War II: Estonian Prime Minister
Lithuanian Ambassador Mickeviciene welcomes opening of new Indian mission in Lithuania
Latvia: New Unity selects Edgars Rinkēvičs as their presidential candidate in Latvia
Ämari-based F-22 Raptors on exercise over Lithuania
Thousands of gulls fall victim to bird flu around Daugavpils
U-space sandbox to advance Estonia drone ecosystem
Ukrainian association to officially start work in Valmiera, Latvia
US Marines out for a meal in Estonia save life of suffocating man at nearby table
Lukewarm hockey championship ticket sales in Latvia
How long can Lithuania’s fintech sector continue to grow?
Estonia: FC Flora book place in Tipner Trophy final
Latvia: Healthcare workers and patients rally for funding increase
Estonia awards 5G licences
Lithuania deregulates broadcast markets
Latvia: Storent reports 2022 profit, plans bond issue
Lithuanian glider factory signs contract with Belarusian drone manufacturer in possible breach of sanctions
Destroyed Russian tank now in Valka
Excellent Lithuanian-Polish relations sees a fly in the ointment
Latvia’s moms are exhausted, survey shows
Lithuania’s education minister suspected of abusing municipal funds
Russian citizen visits to Estonia down threefold since before Covid
Ground-breaking Estonian musician Henry Laks dies
Latvia’s foreign minister to run in presidential election
Inčukalns gas storage ends season
AirBaltic to launch direct flights from Vilnius to Dubai
Canada and Latvia commit to jointly train Ukrainian combat leaders
Annual inflation at 15.1% in April in Latvia
Latvia: ‘Progressives’ name Elīna Pinto as presidential candidate
Estonian state company dividends amount to €66 million
Over 3,000 troops will ensure security during Vilnius NATO summit
Estonia: Banks hiking fixed-term deposit return rates
Estonia: Opposition’s Riigikogu obstruction continued through to Thursday
Housing and language among the biggest issues for Ukrainian refugees in Lithuania – survey
Rīga to put more electric buses on streets
Estonia mulls closing one border crossing point with Russia
Vilnius airport to launch flights to Tenerife, Turin in autumn
Eurovision: Essex Waitrose worker represents Lithuania
Narva benefits most from new income tax redistribution policy
Wage hikes slow for Estonia’s IT companies
389 digital asset firms shut down in Estonia amid tough new laws
Fishing deal with Russia creates headache for Faroe Islands
Catalonia tells landlords use or lose’ empty housing in affordable property drive
US economist Joseph Stiglitz awarded Catalonia International Prize
How Russia Torpedoed Its Own Influence in Moldova
Time to Get Serious About Moldova
Is Conflict With The President The End Of The Line For Kyrgyzstan’s Vodka King?
Turkmen President Pays Visit to Tajikistan
Norway takes helm of icy Arctic Council
My son the hostage: Dissident families targeted in Belarus
Wagner boss Prigozhin says situation on Russian flanks near Bakhmut is bad
Sweden charges man for spreading sensitive military information online
European Parliament urges authorities in Belarus to cease mistreatment of Viktar Babaryka and other political prisoners
Zelenskiy says counteroffensive yet to begin despite Kyiv’s gains at front
Ukraine invasion proving ‘very, very difficult,’ Kremlin spox says in rare admission
Finland footbridge collapses injuring 27, mostly children
US lawmakers introduce bill to combat normalization with Syria’s Assad
USOSCE Statement on Moscow Mechanism Exposing Systemic Human Rights Abuses in Belarus
Explosion at apartment building in Germany leaves several injured
US envoy says Russian ship picked up arms in South Africa
Poland criticises Hungary’s top general for “distorting WWII history”
Trump won’t commit to backing Ukraine in war with Russia
Trump jokes about sexual abuse verdict, repeats election falsehoods
Poland remains EU’s worst country for LGBT people finds rainbow ranking
As far as Poland is concerned, Russia’s Kaliningrad is now Krolewiec
UK confirms supply of Storm Shadow long-range missiles in Ukraine
Communism prevented Western social revolution reaching Poland, says government minister

Lithuania’s Linkytė qualifies for Eurovision final
NATO Allies Must Spend More, Faster to Beat Russia: Estonia PM
Algimantas Puipa Preps Lithuanian Midnight Show
Estonia calls on oil-producing countries to help reduce Russia’s energy revenues
Russian Speakers In Latvia Cooler On Moscow But Remain In Limbo
Estonia’s Alika through to Eurovision grand final in Liverpool
EU Must Prepare for China Decoupling if Taiwan Invaded
Narva schoolteacher resigns over backlash at her anti-Putin t-shirt slogan
Latvian businessmen’s mood finally improves after years of negativity
Narva considers what to do next with anti-Putin castle walls poster
Latvia anti-graft force targets MEPs Ušakovs and Ameriks
2023 Charlemagne Youth Prize goes to Belgian, Lithuanian and Dutch initiatives
15 Liepāja teachers lose jobs over Latvian language proficiency
Ministry prohibits Belarusian football clubs from playing in Estonia
Vestager visits Latvia to discuss economy and Ukraine
Lithuania’s Tradition of Standing Firm Under Pressure
Latvia and Finland: Ice hockey World Championship starts today
Lithuanian border guards leave for counter-migration operation in the Mediterranean
Top 5 Supermarket Retail Chains In Latvia
Russian rap artist blacklisted in Latvia
Data suggest scale of Latvia’s female homicide problem
Lithuanian MPs turn to language watchdog over Kaliningrad’s name
Latvia: Launch of Song and Dance Festival ticket sales on Monday
Ukraine joins Lithuanian Free Rail programme
How Noored Kotkad prepares Estonia’s youth for crisis situations
German brigade takes part in exercise in Lithuania
Fermi Energia lists two favorable sites for potential nuclear power plant
Latvia: Local fruit and berries will be scarce this summer
Latvia: Population up on year, but trends remain worrying
Elering launches Estonia’s first synchronous condenser
Baltic PMs focus on energy security and Ukraine in Tallinn
Lithuanian lawmaker in hot water after quoting song urging kids to kill Jews
Power grid synchronisation with Europe to depend on technical studies – Baltic PMs
Baltics to step up efforts to decouple from Russian power grid
Mail shipment figures dropped in 2022 in Latvia
Russian writer doused with ketchup in Vilnius
Estonia, Latvia sign gas crisis support agreement
Lithuanian volunteer soldiers awarded medals on return from mission in Mali
Lithuania mulls stepping up training of Ukrainian troops – minister
Lithuania offers biz opportunities for Indian firms, fintech in focus
NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Estonia’s €953 million modified recovery and resilience plan, including REPowerEU chapter
Luxembourg to return to the Eurovision song contest in 2024
The Netherlands to Phase Out Russian Arctic LNG
Election ’23: Unionist parties snub Irish language commitments
Greenlandic MP refuses to speak Danish in parliament debate
Scotland’s hydrogen opportunity
Cornish geothermal project leads government heat scheme
Montenegro court releases crypto entrepreneur Do Kwon on bail
Slovenia records lowest unemployment rate in over 3 decades
Poland supports Albania’s EU path, Albania asks Poland to support Kosovo in NATO
USAID chief optimistic on Serbia-Kosovo talks, pledges support
Ukrainian deminers get training in Cyprus from US, Irish experts
New Opportunities for the Basque Peace Process
New Czech tax package will kill newspapers, publishers warn
Romania: Public authorities must finance education now!
Crimean Tatars face ongoing persecution under Russian occupation
Lasting Peace Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Will Reduce Russia’s Influence
Uzbekistan: Why Karakalpakstan deserves its own guidebook
How Indonesia and Australia view South Korea’s “everything, everywhere, all at once” Indo-Pacific strategy
Japan’s G7 Moment
Former NBA star Dwight Howard sparks backlash in China after calling Taiwan a ‘country’
Germany Agrees on New Measures to Deal With Increase in Number of Refugees
Ukraine has choice of targets as it plots counteroffensive
Russia, Belarus have Paralympic membership suspension overturned, but athletes still barred
Russian troops fall back to ‘defensive positions’ near Bakhmut
Questions after missile landed in Poland in December but was not found until April
Ukraine claims gains in Bakhmut after Russia denials
Law banning many single-use plastics and restricting others introduced in Poland
Russia acknowledges retreat north of Bakhmut; mercenary boss calls it a ‘rout’

Double agent secret revealed after legendary Estonian art historian’s death
Bird flu found in northern regions of Latvia
Estonia’s reaction to Russian aggression in Ukraine
Latvia overpowered by Canada in hockey worlds opener
President Karis: Long-term EU competitiveness cannot be built on grants
Lack of print media and unusual ‘food rhythm’ – French journalist’s 25 years in Lithuania
Riigikogu deadlock continues into Saturday
Luxembourg Army participation in NATO mission extended by 24 months
Estonia’s Lennart Meri Conference sheds light on Middle East developments, Saudi-Iran ties
Ukrainian authorities detain man as part of Slava Ukraini investigation
Lithuania is running short on workers – even in churches
Minister: Ukraine requires clear NATO roadmap at Vilnius Summit
Over 500 allied airborne troops take part in Nurmsi night jump
When forced labour amounted to ‘education’ in post-war Switzerland
Wales: Government pledge £70m towards free school dinners
Exclusive: G7 summit statement to target China’s ‘economic coercion’
Pope Francis reforms Vatican City State’s ‘Constitution’
Is Malta Eurovision’s most successful, non-winning country?
Germany to supply Ukraine with largest aid package yet, worth nearly $3 billion
Tens of thousands march against Serbia’s populist leadership following mass shootings
Portugal Left a Mark on India
Tom of Finland: Pioneer of queer sexual power
Once Europe’s Headache, Greece Finds Its Feet
Bulgaria’s President is visiting South Africa: He will attend the Consecration of the first Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Africa
EU and US to pledge joint action over China concerns
Kazakhstan: Government recoups $1.7Bln in illegally appropriated assets
The Eurovision Song Contest is about more than just music. Should Canada compete?
Italy confirms backing for Ukraine as Zelenskiy prepares to meet pope
Australia, China to build on ‘positive momentum’ but no major breakthrough after meeting on trade
Are New Zealand’s marine heatwaves a warning to the world?
Russia says Ukraine used Storm Shadow missiles from Britain to attack Luhansk
G7 summit statement to highlight resolve to protect LGBT rights

A week of capacity-building, training and policy dialogues on alcohol control
Government of Iceland and PACE to launch the ‘Vigdís Prize for Women’s Empowerment’ ahead of Reykjavik Summit

1972 May 14: Self-Immolation of Romas Kalanta, Civic Resistance Day
May 15: Gospel Day in Tuvalu
1811 May 15: Paraguay Independence Day
1948 May 15: Nakba Day, Day of the Catastrophe in Palestine
1944 May 16: Day of Sinti, Romani and Roma resistance
1954 May 16: Kengir uprising, Kazakhstan
1814 May 17: Constitution Day, Norway
1995 May 17: Panchen Lama’s abduction in Tibet
May 17: Galician Literature Day
May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
1944 May 18: Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Crimean Tatar genocide
1991 May 18: Somaliland Independence Day
May 19: Endangered Species Day
1902 May 20: Cuba Independence Day
2002 May 20: East Timor Independence Day
1864 May 21: Circassian Genocide Memorial Day
2006 May 21: Montenegro Independence Day
May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development