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December 3
1552 December 3: International Day of the Basque Language
December 3, 1st Sunday of December: Sindhi Culture Day
December 3, 1st Sunday of December: Commemoration Day of Victims of Genocide Against the Latvian People By the Totalitarian Communist Regime
The NYT chooses Estonia’s “Smoke Sauna Sisterhood” as one of the best films of 2023
Ski season in full swing in Latvia
Poland, Belgium, France take up Baltic air policing duties
Polish security chief: NATO Eastern Flank states have 3 years to prepare for Russia attack
Race against time to save Lithuania’s crumbling historic mansions
Latvia: Respected conductor Jānis Zirnis passes away
Estonia: Defense League’s Exercise Orkaan 17 involves over 1,300 personnel
Estonian prime minister at COP28: Joint actions, not words needed on climate
Estonia: Kolkja old believers museum opens on shores of Peipsi järv
Russia loses vote to be reelected to UN International Maritime Organization
Minister: Estonia could be a world leader in data economy
Riigikogu committee calls for expert group to look at improving Estonia’s competitiveness
CEPA: US-led NATO in Europe facing ‘unprecedented’ twin threat from Russia, China
Santa Claus spotted in Rīga’s streets 500 times Sunday

Ukraine Probes Allegations Russian Forces Shot Surrendering Ukrainian Soldiers
Denmark deploying troops to protect Jewish sites, as antisemitism rises
Lula in Berlin for First Brazil-Germany Talks in 8 Years
Is Switzerland becoming the ‘burn-out nation’?

December 4
Latvia: Sharp debate continues on VAT rate on produce
What Does Estonia’s Falling Inflation Rate Really Mean for Investors and Traders?
Latvia: Ogre set to ban Moscow-time fireworks on New Year’s eve
‘Russia has started rebuilding its capabilities and this threatens our region’ – NATO general
Latvia looks for ways to fight medicine shortages: LTV’s De Facto
Estonia seeks to create history in Euro 2024 playoff
Latvia’s deposit system still causes headache for small shops
Estonian state plans to end universal electricity service in May
Lithuanian parliament ratifies legal assistance, extradition treaties with UAE
Estonia’s industrial production continued to fall in October
Russia’s grain exports through Latvia do not reach Lithuania – minister
Estonian banks raising money through bond issues
Europe’s most wanted list includes three Lithuanians
Latvian divers help remove ‘ghost nets’ from Baltic Sea
Lithuania to receive US Switchblade combat drones next year – ministry
Estonia may follow Finland and close border crossing to Russia
In Latvia, the worse your credit rating, the more likely you are to use credit cards
Lithuanian intelligence chief says Belarusian expats get targeted by KGB, pose security challenges
LP Express to become Unisend in Latvia and Estonia
Lithuania orders three Airbus H145 helicopters for various roles
Eurostat: Estonia’s 2022 gender employment gap among smallest in EU
Nato battlegroup’s firepower put to the test on Exercise Ramming Bull in Lithuania
Ukrainian woman wins Rīga car wash discrimination case?
Newly renovated Tartu KGB Cells museum reopens for visitors on December 6
Latvians report highest level of disability in the EU
Estonian universities anticipate high costs of training nuclear experts
October industrial production figures down 0.5% in Latvia
Estonian pair finish third at British Super Series curling in Stirling
1,842 persons have returned to Latvia in two years with support of remigration coordinators
EDF colonel: F-16’s won’t save the world but will change things in the war
Latvia, a Neighbor of Russia, Wants to Join the UN Security Council to Strengthen Its Influence
Estonia: Train ticket prices to rise in 2024
Lithuania’s Siauliu Bankas, Invalda INVL complete €41.8mn merger
Over 1,500 trucks queuing at 3 crossings on Latvia’s borders with Russia and Belarus
Lithuanian ministry suggests banning troops from travelling to China, Transnistria
Latvia signs order for German IRIS-T air defenses
ASG founder Gediminas Ziemelis is Lithuania’s wealthiest man in 2023 again
Latvia: Food authority reports over 380,000 tonnes of grain imports from Russia
Estonia: Families have fewer children than they would like
Wisbech Lithuanians create town’s Christmas decorations
Latvia’s Tax, Mortgage Relief to Cost Bank Sector €230 Million
Lithuanian cities and towns spruce up for Christmas – photos
UK, Finland, Estonia practise subsea infrastructure protection in Baltic Sea
Estonia submits record number of applications for EU defense funds call
Latvia’s current payment account deficit in nine months – 4.8% of GDP
Estonian retailers restart milk price ‘war’
Lithuanian minister attended defense forum in US, met with senators
Estonia’s Tsahkna in London: Russia must pay for its damage in Ukraine
Paintings from Rīga Bourse collection on show at Versailles
Tallinn’s preparations to become 2025 European Sport Capital underway
More EU countries threaten to close Russian borders amid migrant surge
Estonian PM Kallas awarded prestigious Marion Dönhoff Prize in Hamburg
Why Russia now has to use its A-50U closer to the fight in Ukraine
[Estonia] State Secretary: If we end some public services, we can save more money
Lithuanian Ambassador hopes for EU countries’ support for Georgia’s EU candidacy
Estonia: Ministry wants to more than double migrant workers’ quota
Latvia joins European Molecular Biology Conference as a member state
Lithuania donates €1 mn to Ukraine Solidarity Fund for reconstruction efforts

Finland demands investigators to be allowed on vessel that damaged pipeline
Poland prepares military response to militarization of Kaliningrad enclave
US Running Out of Money to Fund Ukraine War, Budget Office Says
Israel investigates possible trading knowledge ahead of Oct 7 Hamas attack
Denmark and USA to explore development of green corridors in the Global South
In Ukraine war arms race, US stalls as Israel, Turkey and South Korea surge
Denmark: Ørsted begins construction of Denmark’s first carbon capture project
COP28 crowds: a dangerous distraction or sign of success?
For democracy to return to Belarus, it will need U.S. help
Norway invests NOK 350 million in ‘invisible results’
Belarus President Lukashenko returns to China, seeks stronger ties
Temperatures in Siberia dip to minus 56 Celsius as record snow blankets Moscow
Norway and FAO Join Forces to support rural women affected by climatic changes in Iraq
‘Economic state of shock’ to persist in Germany in 2024 -survey
Russia planned campaign to disrupt accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO
Putin greets kids, views ‘nuclear button’ as re-election bid nears
Germany to extend border controls with Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland
US and EU struggle to agree on funding for Ukraine
Poland’s central bank turns to ECB in spat with Tusk
China’s military: US Navy ship ‘illegally’ entered territorial waters
German ambassador in Poland calls for reset in ties
German travel chaos blamed on lack of investment in railways
Beyond business as usual: A China strategy for Poland
Indonesia’s Marapi volcano erupts, killing 11 climbers; 12 missing
Polish army to have combat engineer battalion in every brigade: Polish MoD
Orienteering: Poland hosts the CX80 MTBO World Cup and CX80 European MTBO Championships in 2024
Finland Says ‘Aware’ of Russia’s Plans to Incite Protests
US charges ex-ambassador with spying for Cuba over decades
Sweden show why they dominate women’s floorball as they hammer Czech Republic 6-1
Man detained for shooting police officers in Poland after threatening online videos
Poland’s outgoing defense chief drops $2.6 billion on Hanwha howitzers
Finland’s development policy investment to boost agricultural productivity in East Africa
The disinformation landscape in Poland
German budget crisis strikes at heart of the Greens’ ambitions
Luxembourg assumes Chairship of International IDEA
Here’s why Switzerland may not go for a minimum corporate tax rate
EU and Greenland sign strategic partnership on sustainable raw materials value chains
United Kingdom joins Horizon Europe programme
The EU Keeps Bulgaria and Romania Waiting for Schengen

December 5
Latvian ambulances on the way to Ukraine
Can damaged cables lead to war? NATO’s preparations to defend critical infrastructure
[Estonia] Teachers’ union: We have no other choice but to strike
Latvia: Public not keen on planned harsher penalties for speeding
Inspired by Estonia, Indonesia organises an opinion festival
Latvia: Fungus Film Fest set to sprout soon
Lithuanian pianist celebrates family liberation from Russian oppression with album of Christmas masterpieces
Kristi Raik: OSCE meeting pushes Estonia to margins of European security policy
Latvia: Three men rage against miniature monument
Teachers’ union resumes strike as Lithuanian parliament set to vote on spending bill
Oak named Latvia’s European Tree of the Year
Same-sex union bill put on hold as Lithuania’s ruling coalition fails to mobilise votes – Freedom Party leader
Estonia’s eastern border to be completed by the end of 2025
Latvian businesses invited to enter ‘Entrepreneurship World Cup’
Estonia: Elva cheese factory catches fire on Monday night
What to do with run-down Latvian Television building?
Incomes in Lithuania grew 10.7% this year – Sodra
Average electricity price on a rise in Latvia
Tele2 claims lead on Lithuania mobile market
Saeima committee approves Latvia’s 2024 state budget plan for final reading
Lithuania extends tax break for film production, investment projects
Estonia: Nordic Fibreboard dismisses CEO Aigar Kallas after just one week
Lithuanian formin calls proposed new restrictions on Belarusians “nervous reaction”
Estonian president begins meetings with party leaders at Kadriorg
Latvian government earmarks EUR 200 million for air defense
Shipwreck found off Lithuania’s coast during seabed surveys for wind farm
Estimate: Estonia’s electricity consumption can be covered by wind farms in 2030
Lithuanian parliament passes 2024 state budget
German rock band Guano Apes announce 2024 Tallinn show
Ruling coalition in Latvia does not expect Kariņš to step down over special flights scandal
Estonia drops to fourth in latest PISA rankings
EU’s Global Outlook and Southern Neighborhood
WHO calls on countries to increase taxes on alcohol and sugary sweetened beverages
Latvian pupils do well in math and sciences: OECD study
Estonia plans to produce electricity from 100% clean sources by 2050
Putin threatens Latvia with consequences over Russian minority policies
‘Nothing new’: Latvian security services on Putin’s veiled threats against Latvia
FIFA hit Estonian top-flight club Nõmme Kalju with transfer ban
Lithuania: MP Gražulis ‘grossly’ violated constitution, court rules, faces impeachment
Estonian government wants Riigikogu to convene additional sitting
Central bank economist points to challenging times for Latvian exports
Massive seizures at EU’s external borders: nearly 16 million illegal cigarettes and almost 108 kilogrammes of narcotic substances detected
Another ‘missionLatvia’ video published
Baltic ambassadors in Warsaw express concern over Ukraine border blockade
Unfavorable weather drives up electricity prices and consumption in Estonia
Latvian banks to pursue cash availability
Estonia: Opposition tensions rise after Isamaa initiates no confidence motion in PM
Latvia Debates Small Denomination Coins
Baltics see eurozone’s highest home loan interest rates in October
Latvia: Road freight figures up, other forms of transport down
Tallink’s November passenger, cargo numbers down on year
Rail Baltica costs in Rīga have soared by 90 million euros
Estonian blues meets Mississippi – a new work by Kõrvits and Kareva
Latvijas Gāze management plots buyout with backing from Rietumu bank
Hollister Lietuva increases production capacity and launches new incentive programme
European commissioner not in favor of building nuclear power plant in Estonia

Do Poland’s 19th-century partitions still influence elections today?
Taking in the Light: Sweden’s Lucia Celebrations
Germany’s budget crisis threatens chipmaking ambitions
Nepal urges Russia not to recruit its citizens into army; says six killed
EU and Poland clash over resolving Polish truckers’ blockade of Ukraine border
Sweden’s long-term growth at risk from gang crime, warns central bank chief
Ukraine’s tensions at the top spill into the open
Venezuela Ramps Up Threat to Annex Part of Guyana
Poland’s Coal-to-Nuclear plans move forward with U.S. partners
Sweden’s Economy to Resume Growth Next Year, Danske Says
Spread of gang violence wrecks Sweden’s peaceful image
Situation in Gaza ‘getting worse by the hour’ – WHO
Belarus Is Reluctant to Share Fleeing Western Firms’ Assets With Russia
Far-right party making inroads in Sweden
Germany remains Europe’s top destination for foreign direct investment
In Russia, some women demand return of their men from Ukraine front
US Taking Additional Sweeping Actions Against the Belarusian Regime
Tesla battle with Swedish unions spreads to Denmark
Ukraine signals a shift toward defense as analysts ask whether ‘failed counteroffensive’ is over
US envoy Kerry launches international nuclear fusion plan at COP28
Tsikhanouskaya Calls On U.S. To Support Belarusian Opposition, Tighten Sanctions On Lukashenka
2023 review: Ukraine scores key victories in the Battle of the Black Sea
Norway’s parliament backs deep-sea mining plans
Cyclone Michaung hits India’s south after 13 killed in floods, rain
Ukraine’s war effort could sputter out, as US, EU delay funds
Deep-sea mining in the Arctic Ocean gets the green light from Norwegian lawmakers
Germany and Spain see service sector growth despite wages challenge
UK interior minister signs new Rwanda treaty to resurrect asylum plan
Moving Beyond Resilience in Ukraine’s Recovery
Kyiv’s political feuds cause cracks in Ukrainian unity
Why does Denmark have three EU ‘opt-outs’ and what do they mean?
Ex-DEA informant pleads guilty to role in killing Haitian president
Deputy Russian army commander killed in Ukraine: Official
Sami reindeer farmers aim to block Norway wind developments
PISA 2022: Performance in Finland collapses, but remains above average
US announces visa bans after warning Israel over West Bank violence
Mysterious Ancient Cemetery in Finland Is Devoid of Human Remains
Flights grounded and trains cancelled in Germany as freezing weather hits Europe – as it happened
Germany’s Baerbock chides Orbán and Serbia in fiery remarks
Mathematics, reading skills in unprecedented decline in teenagers
Finland plans to boost artillery shell production for Ukraine
US sanctions Belarus Red Cross chief over Ukraine child deportations
Poland’s Next Government Halts Wind Energy Plans After Backlash
Despite Gaza death toll soaring, U.S. unlikely to rethink weapons supplies to Israel
Saab Receives Order For Studies Of Future Underwater Capabilities For Sweden
Ukraine sees ‘big risk’ of losing war if U.S. Congress postpones vital aid
Big risk Ukraine loses war without US weapons – Zelensky aide
Singapore Deputy Prime Minister at the Sweden Indo-Pacific Business Summit 2023
Poland’s former President Lech Walesa, 80, hospitalized with COVID-19
Norway tries to rein in tax refugees
‘Ship is sinking’: School performance levels of Belgian pupils slipping dramatically
Austria pushes to speed up EU accession for Western Balkans, especially Bosnia
Russia’s LUKoil Mulls Sale Of Operations In Bulgaria
Austria still opposed to Schengen accession of Romania and Bulgaria, preventing December vote
Why Slovakia and the Czech Republic want to continue using Russian oil
HRW Condemns Uzbekistan’s Sentencing Of Popular Blogger To Eight Years In Prison
New Zealand: Thousands march against new government’s reversal of Indigenous policies

December 6
1917 December 6: Finland Independence Day
Latvia to suggest grain import bans from Russia to EU
Estonia, Finland, Sweden underline importance of functioning of submarine infrastructure
Latvian central bank announces annual student paper competition
Estonian PM thanks soldiers who served in missions abroad
Only a dozen green crow nests found in Latvia this year
Gytis the Great – Lithuanian reflections on winning World Cup J9 Predictor Game
Latvians do not always look on the bright side of life
Are Lithuanian municipalities prepared to shelter their populations?
Many households in Southeastern Estonia without power for over a week
Locals push for better access to beach in Rīga
Job vacancies in Estonia down 8.7 percent in Q3 2023
Lithuanian straw garden making tradition added to UNESCO intangible heritage list
Rīga’s winter-related expenses snowball
Vidzeme University to host international AI discussions
Hundreds of bomb threats target Lithuanian schools and institutions
Estonian, Latvian MPs in Washington to muster continuing Ukraine support
Latvia: Remember to clear snow around your car to avoid fines
Lithuanian 15-year-olds outperform peers in a number of countries in PISA tests
Defense ministry looking at extending Estonia’s maritime control zone
Lithuania E-cigarette Market Regulation Report 2023
Six Sunly solar parks in Latvia
Lithuanians among most enthusiastic about EU amid surging far-right wave
Is Latvia developing a taste for booze-free beverages?
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s children are Lithuanian citizens – investigation
PPA banned November Tartu demonstration planned in support of Palestinians
A quarter of Latvians expect living conditions to worsen next year – Eurobarometer
Estonia miss out on Women’s Nations League promotion after defeat to Israel
Enefit Green opens solar farm atop tailings platform at Estonia mine
Estonia: Public conciliator ends negotiations over teachers’ pay
Where can you cut down your own Christmas tree in Latvia?
Estonia’s municipalities in no rush to close smaller high schools
Survey shows cyclists in Tallinn almost doubled in last year
Enefit Green takes FID on 90-MW Kelme 2 wind project in Lithuania
Lithuania to have Michelin-starred restaurant next year, minister confirms
Riga: Social media rat-tled about central station wildlife
Free pizza on offer as Estonia’s first Domino’s opens in Tallinn
Average in-patient stay in Latvia lasts well over a week
Latvia: Coming home for Xmas…on a tram
Along the Latvia-Estonia border: Northernmost Latvia
Lithuania to turn to EC as Meta ignores calls to deal with scammers on social media
Canada amps up commitment to enhanced forward presence in Latvia
Lithuanian schools receive hundreds of bomb threats for third consecutive month
Corruption cops investigate Rīga’s waste management
[Estonia] Kallas on tax hikes: I likely am committing political suicide
Baltic States Considering Closing Border With Russia Amid Migrant Influx
[Estonia] Karis: I cannot say in advance which laws I will or will not promulgate
Lithuania Drafts Law to Strip Citizenship After Abramovich Report
Crisis management committee approves and funds Estonia’s civil defense action plan
Russian oligarch Abramovich’s kids allegedly used citizenship to evade sanctions
Estonia’s Eneli Jefimova wins historic gold medal at European Championships
Latvian town Rūjiena named Baltic Sea Regional Cultural Pearl
Kallas has used private jet 28 times in three years

Biden Administration Announces Additional U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine
NATO member-to-be Sweden and the US sign defense deal, saying it strengthens regional security
German heat pump rollout at risk as government suspends climate subsidies
Yellen says U.S. would be ‘responsible for Ukraine’s defeat’ if aid fails in Congress
U.S. Signs Defense Cooperation Agreement with Sweden
Google Doodle celebrates 106th Finland Independence Day on December 6
In shift, Erdogan links Sweden’s NATO accession to Turkey’s F-16 acquisition
Trump: I won’t be a dictator if I become U.S. president again
US and Sweden sign Defence Cooperation Agreement
What the Pisa world education rankings tell us about schools in Norway
Nearly 3,000 Ukrainian trucks stranded at border in Poland amid ongoing blockade
China starts up world’s first fourth-generation nuclear reactor
Ukrainian truckers stranded in Poland battle cold
Hedge fund trader at heart of cum-ex scandal extradited to Denmark
US Treasury Targets Belarusian Revenue Generators for Lukashenka, Human Rights Abuses, and Cogs in Russia’s War Machine
Italy tells China it is leaving Belt and Road Initiative
British hedge fund trader lands in Denmark after extradition from UAE
US Senator Shaheen Introduces Bipartisan Belarus Democracy, Human Rights and Sovereignty Act of 2023
“Leave no stone unturned” in gas exploration, Norway tells industry
Russia claims night-time seizure of US Bradley fighting vehicle from Ukraine
UAE extradites British trader Sanjay Shah to Denmark
Erdogan expects steps from US on F-16 sale for Sweden NATO accession
Sweden to deepen cooperation with South-east Asia in new trade strategy
Taylor Swift named Time’s ‘Person of the Year,’ capping her record-breaking 2023
Are Ukraine’s President and Chief Commander Really at War?
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan demands US F-16 jets for approval of Sweden Nato bid
Cracks in Western support pose new challenge for Ukraine
Yellen announces new sanctions in Mexico aimed at curbing fentanyl flows
Poland’s polonaise dance added to UNESCO cultural heritage list
Poland and Hungary blame EU as Pfizer sues over vaccine deliveries
German coalition parties at loggerheads as budget crisis grows
Russia’s Putin meets Saudi crown prince in whirlwind Gulf visit
Poland approves PLN 530 million funding for 18 geothermal projects
Zelenskiy assures Ukrainians of victory with US aid in the balance
Polish manufacturer accused of programming failures into its trains to gain more servicing business
UN chief rings alarm bell on global security threat from Gaza war
Ukraine claims killing of ‘traitor’ ex-MP Illya Kyva in Russia
Norway union joins Tesla blockade in support for Swedish workers
Poland seeks increased Taiwanese chip investment as significant subsidies potentially await
UK immigration minister Robert Jenrick resigns over new Rwanda asylum law
President: There must be an easy access from mainland Azerbaijan to Nakhchivan, and this is our legitimate right
50th anniversary of Vietnam – Finland diplomatic ties marked in HCM City
Ukraine war: Zelensky speaks out as US stand-off imperils war effort
US file war crime charges against Russians accused of torturing an American in the Ukraine invasion
Norway sees high seafood export value buoyed by weak krone and strong demand
Biden pushes for Ukraine aid and offers border security compromises
Do not let Putin win, Biden pleads with Republicans on Ukraine
Switzerland returns marble head around 2,000 years old to Libya
Switzerland: Progress noted but more efforts needed for minority language use in public life
Karin Kneissl, the Austrian ex-minister who moved to Russia
Belgium, itself divided on trade, eyes role of honest broker at EU helm
Pisa: Wales slumps to worst school test results
Blood and Iron: How Nationalist Imperialism Became Russia’s State Ideology
Investors bet on rapid ECB rate cuts as economic outlook darkens
Australia signs major security deal with Papua New Guinea

December 7
Survey shows split opinions regarding partnership law in Latvia
Christmas in Estonia
Rēzekne is smoking as woodchip piles burn for week
Skills instead of academic degrees: Lithuanian government looks to destigmatise vocational training
How to support Latvia’s orphanages at Christmas?
Estonia’s Prosecutor General Andres Parmas misses out on ICC judge position
23 Covid deaths in Latvia last week
Ryanair to fly from Kaunas to Berlin, Zadar, Pisa
Raimond Kaljulaid: Without more European defense spending, NATO’s future unclear
Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda says he’ll seek reelection in 2024 for another 5-year term
Latvia: Foreign Ministry, EC Representation and EP Office agree about EU-related communication in 2024
Lithuania could change laws to strip persons circumventing sanctions of citizenship – PM
Estonia: Banks commending this year’s pension funds performance
2024 will mark 20 years of Latvia’s EU membership
Estonian exports to, trade with Central Asian states grows substantially
Lithuania-China trade relations ‘improving but fragile’ – minister
Latvia: ‘Science for Ukraine’ initiative gathers momentum
Tartu 2024 to kick off with show on banks of Emajõgi and open-air rave at ERM
Three Lithuanian companies top list of most valuable firms in Baltics
Latvia’s Constitutional Court rules there is no problem with pulling down Soviet monuments
Estonian climate scientists skeptical over practical steps taken at COP28
Lithuania Considers Rewriting Legislation after Scandal with Abramovich Children
Estonia: Partly state-funded new church in Jõgeva also to serve as community center
Latvian Saeima approves excise tax hikes next year
Two Estonian museums nominated for coveted European award
Businesses transporting Russian food behave immorally but legally – Lithuanian PM
Estonia to break off legal assistance agreement with Russia
From Lithuania, an exercise bike mixing fitness and energy conservation
Cold weather pushes Estonia’s electricity consumption close to all-time high
Offshore Wind Survey Turns Up Unknown Shipwreck off Lithuania
Estonia: Leading coalition politicians deny prime minister resignation suggestions
Lithuania’s average salary at 1 235 euros in third quarter, but many shrug it off: “No way!”
2024 minimum wage in Estonia confirmed at €820 per month
Solvita Āboltiņa to be appointed as Latvia’s ambassador to the Netherlands
Estonia’s Enefit, Lithuanian retailer ink deal for 250 charging stations
Micro-enterprise tax set at 25% from next year in Latvia
Lithuanian President Nausėda announces re-election bid
Hundreds of volunteers sought for 2024 Tallinn Tall Ships Races
Festive train connection between Poland and Lithuania delights travellers
Huge rise in Estonian developmental aid and charitable donations in 2022
New Russia sanctions package to put more liability on EU firms – Lithuanian vice-minister
Latvia: Restriction on Saeima deputies with no Covid certificate was wrong, rules court
Estonia: EDF want to broaden possibilities for civilian involvement
Lithuania: 30% of respondents ready to take up arms to defend
Women’s wages 17% lower than men’s in Latvia
[Estonia] Kaja Kallas: We are adding €8 million to state budget to raise teacher pay
Presidents of Latvia and Lithuania to visit Estonia
Estonia: Prep work begins for hilltop radar station in Ida-Viru County
NATO jets conducted intercept of Russian fighters over Baltic Sea
Estonian Riigikogu passes five bills related to confidence vote in overnight sitting
Latvia’s Krišjānis Kariņš sets out his stall for NATO Secretary General job
Latvia to increase defense spending to 3% of GDP by 2027
Estonia: Health Insurance Fund orders more Covid vaccine doses due to high interest
Watch again: Virtual forum for Estonians across globe
NB8 agree on closer coordination within EU and NATO
Bank of Estonia: November inflation at lowest level of past two years
Christmas tree prices at malls start at €15 in Estonia this year
Mihkelson: Russia is not as isolated as we would like it to be
Abramovich Slams Lithuania Over Calls to Review Citizenship Law
This Underrated European City Is One of the Best Places to Travel in 2024
Latvian Prime Minister to ERR: Our state budget is socially balanced

As Western unity on Ukraine falters, Putin eyes a slow-burn win
Finland’s ‘health forests’ are helping patients reap the mental health benefits of being in nature
Ukraine’s latest weapons request includes THAAD air defenses and F-18s
65 Percent of Gas on Norway Shelf Remains Untapped: Regulator
Norway, UK to launch coalition for Ukraine
Saudi Arabia urges US restraint as Houthis attack ships in Red Sea
Norway’s Christmas tree gift gets London tongues wagging
Russia Accuses Ex-Soldier of Helping Ukraine Organize Arson Attacks
Up to 600 North Korean defectors deported by China ‘vanish’ – rights group
Japan-Norway Summit Meeting and Working Dinner
10 Illuminating Facts About the Enlightenment
Las Vegas campus shooting leaves 4 dead, including suspect
New Aid Pledges to Ukraine at Lowest Level Since War Began – Study
Icelandic company plans 60 MW data centre in Finland
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs accused in gang-rape of teenager in New York
Finland’s gold rush: navigating the solar landscape
Unblocking border: Ukraine, Poland’s trade unions agree to start dialogue
Exclusive: 50 days in Hamas captivity – Thai man recalls beatings and bleakness
Poland approves construction of SMR nuclear units at six sites
Russia warns US that Ukraine will be its ‘second Vietnam’
Russia and Saudi Arabia urge all OPEC+ powers to join oil cuts
Kraków records world’s second-highest air pollution as winter smog sets in
This is how Finland is looking for its next Nokia
U.S. to conduct flight operations in Guyana as concerns mount over border spat
Sweden to provide $1.2 mln to Moldova for water management
Republicans in Congress are holding up Ukraine aid and Russia is poised to take advantage
Former UK police officers sentenced for sending racist messages about Meghan, royals
Cable-pooling: the ‘new future’ for solar in Poland
In Nordic first, Sweden to send fighter pilots for training in Italy
Hundreds more Palestinians killed as Israel pursues Hamas in south Gaza
Denmark passes law to ban Quran burnings
Russia luring migrants from Finnish border for war in Ukraine
Turning a page, Greece and Turkey agree to mend ties
Poland’s “collapsing towns” that got left behind
Ukraine still hopeful for US aid package after Senate setback
With soy and lithium trade in the balance, Argentina’s Milei has a China conundrum
EU Border Agency Deploys Guards at Finland-Russia Frontier
Belarus inaugurates Consulate General in HCM City
Pass Ukraine aid, Congress — it’s a bargain for American security
Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein dies ‘unexpectedly’ at 51
English language becoming more important in Luxembourg
Austria ends suspension of aid to Palestinians
Belgium wants to deny entry to violent Israeli settlers from occupied West Bank
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak becomes Serbian citizen days before general election
Italy’s veto on French deal shows EU defence consolidation is a distant dream
Romanian Same-Sex Couples Become Talking Point Ahead Of Key Elections
Russia’s greatest military defeats
NATO hosts conference on countering Russia’s manipulation of history and false historical narratives
Singapore and China Enhance Digital Finance and Capital Markets Cooperation

December 8
1914 December 8: Battle of the Falklands Day
Winter clothing donation drive launched in Latvia
Estonian government to seek compromise over hate speech law
Daugavpils says Soviet-related street names will remain
Estonia will not challenge court decision to stop extradition of crypto traders
Food prices on a rise in Latvia
Estonia: President Alar Karis signs amendments to 2023 state budget into effect
Lithuania Investigates Granting Of Citizenship To Relatives Of Russian Tycoon Abramovich
Estonia: Songs for Eesti Laul 2024 released
Pure IP Expands its Full PSTN Replacement Services to Latvia and Turkey
Estonia: Major General Ilmar Tamm confirmed new Defense League commander
Abramovich slams calls to review law over his children’s Lithuanian citizenship
UK Defence Minister travels to Estonia to thank troops
New Lithuanian school opens in Poland’s Suwałki
Bank of Estonia DG: Tougher times still ahead for labor market
Unicycling Across Latvia On Hiking Trails
Hotel guest numbers in Estonia down by 7 percent in October
Latvia’s Virši announces Lithuania expansion plan
Foreign Minister: Every Estonian is an ambassador for their country
Latvian animation longlisted among Oscar candidates
Lithuania allocates €6 million to boost digital innovation using open data, aiming for €1 billion economic upsurge
Latvia: Financial Intelligence Unit will have decisive role in EU sanctions enforcement
EU adopts legislation to resist economic coercion following China–Lithuania dispute
Big Xmas market to take place in Ķīpsala, Rīga
Estonia: President refuses to promulgate one law due to rules of proceedings violation
How to make your own seasonal Latvian decorations
Estonia: Applications Now Possible for 2024 Work Permit Quotas
Latvia’s annual inflation just 1% in November
Tallink announces second Burger King in Kaunas, Lithuania
Advent weekend events in Rīga
Estonia: October storm resulted in €3.5 million worth of insurance claims
Latvian government decides to set VAT for fruits, berries and vegetables at 12% for one year
Estonia: Riigikogu passes 2024 state budget
Lithuania and Poland need to finish Rail Baltica link by 2028 – minister
Estonia: Interior minister’s car windows smashed in apparent act of vandalism
NATO jets intercept Russian fighters over Baltic Sea
Estonia: Court finds permits to oil cormorant eggs illegal
Latvia signs naval missile deal with the United States
Kaunas unveils controversial police obelisk
Estonia: Narva-Jõesuu issues new building permit for oil plant – construction resumes
Finland: We ‘trust’ China will help probe Baltic Sea pipeline damage
Archbishop calls for referendum on compulsory religious education in Estonian schools
Officials welcome signing of Latvia-France Strategic Partnership Action Plan
Estonia: ISS detained Koos Party member Allan Hantsom on suspicion of espionage
Dozens of Latvian food companies still doing business with Russia in 2023
Estonia’s section of Rail Baltic to cost around €3 billion

The Shortest Path to Victory in Ukraine Goes Through Crimea
Chinese fighters, balloon cross Taiwan Strait a month before election
Olympic Committee Approves Participation Of Russian, Belarusian Athletes As Neutrals
Opposition leader from Belarus gets U.S. help standing up to a government in exile
Hamas says it repelled Israeli rescue attempt in Gaza, hostage killed
Belarusian Court Labels RFE/RL Social Media Accounts ‘Extremist’
France’s Macron criticised for Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony at Elysee
Russia launches cruise missile barrage on Ukraine after long pause
Polish parliament approves investigation into abandoned 2020 postal elections
Azerbaijan tipped to host COP29 climate talks
Poland to Join European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Tusk Says
Turkey says Canada, US linking drone-camera exports to Sweden NATO membership
Polish parliament votes to extend energy price freeze for first half of 2024
Ukraine says Russian missiles kill one, wound eight, damage power lines
Putin sends message to world with ‘spontaneous’ election announcement
Poland to spend $284 million on base improvements for US troops
COP28 considers end to fossil fuels in move opposed by OPEC
In gloomy mood, Germany picks ‘crisis mode’ as word of the year
US tells UN it does not support call for Gaza ceasefire
Tusk names members of new Polish government likely to take office next week
US embassy in Baghdad attacked with 7 mortars; no casualties
Ukrainian troops train in Poland for harsh winter warfare
Israel increases Gaza strikes, UN decries ‘humanitarian nightmare’
EU approves first €5 billion for Poland from recovery funds
Russian strikes on Ukraine kill at least one as attacks on Kyiv resume
Finnish court blocks extradition of Russian warlord to Ukraine
2 journalists are detained in Belarus as part of a crackdown on dissent
Explainer: Is there no political opposition in Switzerland?
Belgium releases agenda for assuming Council of the European Union presidency
Belgium aims to close negotiations on EU open files, focus on bloc’s future
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen to stand trial for embezzling EU funds
Court backs UK government’s veto of Scotland’s gender self-ID plan
The ‘ghost towns’ of Cornwall struggling as the numbers of permanent residents plummets
Slovenia inks deal with Germany for IRIS-T SLM air defense system
Kukës: The first city ever nominated for a Nobel Prize
Kosovo Indicts 53 Members of Serbian Forces for 1999 Village Massacre
Pro-Democracy Forces in Serbia Targeted with Spyware
EU must accept there won’t be a united Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot leader says
Spain expels two US spies for infiltrating secret service
Spain’s Nadia Calviño secures European Investment Bank presidency
Democracy under siege: Tackling Russian interference in Moldova
Tiny Moldova stands up to Russia’s might
Is Moldova the next Ukraine? Nation battles Russian hybrid warfare amid EU bid
Moldova hosts meeting on defence cooperation with NATO partners
Moldovan natgas chief offers to take over Ukraine transit of Russian gas
Bulgaria to allow Ukraine to use its skies for F-16 training
Romania to have 30,000 charging stations for electric cars by mid-2026
Kyrgyzstan significantly increases imports of Russian wheat
Karakalpak Activist Deprived of Kazakh Citizenship
US blocks UN Security Council demand for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

December 9
1961 December 9: Tanzania Independence Day
A New Kit Car From Lithuania Combines Porsche Looks With An Audi V10
Estonia, Lithuania condemn IOC decision to let Russian athletes compete in Paris
‘If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere’: German Ulrich on his 12-year adventure in Lithuania
Along the Latvia-Estonia border: Southernmost Estonia
Vilnius Christmas tree over the years – photos
British Royal Navy frigate in Tallinn on Baltic Sea JEF operation
Latvia And USA Ink NSM Coastal Defence Systems Procurement Deal
Estonia vows swift action on Polish-Ukrainian border issue
Latvia Buys U.S. Naval Strike Missile
Kristin Tattar named top women’s disc golf player for second year running
Saeima finally passes 2024 Latvian budget
Estonian-founded World Cleanup Day to be named international UN event

Faroe Islands and Russia strike 2024 fisheries agreement
President of UAE receives President of Belarus
Support for Europe’s left wanes as fresh faces in Italy and Greece struggle to turn the tide
Feature: Chinese-built bridge boosts development of N. Norway
Azerbaijan wins regional backing to host COP29 climate summit
Belarus Opposition Planning to Issue Passports for Exiles
Georgians march for EU ahead of candidacy decision
The Many Faces of the Woman Taking German Far-Right Politics Mainstream
Green Economy for Central Asia begins with Kazakhstan
He helped get Finns into NATO, now he gets them dancing. Will DJ Pexi be president?
European Union squares the circle on the world’s first AI rulebook
Norway’s PM seeks deeper clean energy cooperation with Japan
Russian Airline Sues Canada Over Sanctions
Ukraine presses ahead with removal of Soviet monuments
NATO-Lite: Sweden Signs Defence Cooperation Agreement with U.S.
COP28 clashes over fossil fuel phase-out after OPEC pushback
US, Japan, South Korea step up efforts to counter North Korea cyber-threats
Iran begins trial of Swedish EU employee detained in 2022

1948 December 10: Human Rights Day
1981 December 11: El Mozote massacre, El Salvador
1994 December 11: First Chechen War
1963 December 12: Jamhuri, Kenya Republic Day
1974 December 13: Malta Republic Day
1971 December 16: Bahrain National Day
1991 December 16: Kazakhstan Independence Day
1989 December 16: Romanian Revolution
1907 December 17: National Day of Bhutan
1928 December 17: Kurdistan Flag Day
2010 December 17: Arab Spring