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Business news portal Baltic News Network was launched on September 1, 2010, to provide objective and immediate information on both Latvian and global economic, social and politic events. The portal is available in three languages: Latvian, English and Russian.

French President’s visit to Lithuania shows solidarity on Belarus

In Lithuania, on Monday, September 28, a state visit by French President Emmanuel Macron takes place. A policy fellow from Paris evaluates that the visit during COVID-19 is demonstration of solidarity with the Baltic states on their sanctions against Belarusian officials, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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Week in Lithuania: President Nausėda defends his wife, Genocide Centre to remove KGB register from website

The top news in Lithuania last week were President Nausėda defends wife Diana over misinterpretation of her speech, the Lithuanian Genocide Centre decides to remove KGB register from its website and the Tri-Partite Council disagreed on minimum wage raise.

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BNN ANALYSES | COVID-19 plight worsens, but election-wary Lithuanian government goes on business as usual

Although the epidemiological situation of COVID-19 is deteriorating in Lithuania – 138 new infections on Thursday, September 24, is the country's record daily increase since its first registered case in February, the Lithuanian Government, readying to hand over its duties to a new Cabinet, is now far less resolute to tackle the malady than it was with the virus outbreak in mid-March.

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Week in Lithuania: Lithuania, US sign agreement on 5G; police probe match-fixing in football

The top news stories in Lithuania last week were an agreement with the US on the development of the 5G mobile technology, a match-fixing investigation in football and leaving the 2020 budget unchanged.

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Conundrum of Lithuania’s general election: will Conservatives make comeback?

The approaching general election in Lithuania on October 11 has been totally different from scratch: fewer political appearances and debates, fewer political billboards on the roads, less political zest and acrimonious wrangling too. The culprit? Yes, COVID-19 that has raked up all the spotlight.

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Week in Lithuania: President set to amend Intelligence Law, Election watchdog bars 8 candidates from Seimas election

The top news stories in Lithuania last week were the President's ambition to amend intelligence law, eight candidates being banned from elections and plans to build an airport for Palanga.

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BNN ANALYSES: Klaipėda port workers start their day with checking news on Belarus

As Lithuania is orchestrating the efforts in denouncing the embattled authoritarian Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, and giving the opposition, nestled in Vilnius, a high-five, a good deal of workers at Klaipėda seaport, the pillar of Lithuanian economy, are through a worrisome time now. Lukashenko has threatened to divert Belarusian cargo from Klaipėda to Russia for Lithuania’s ostensible meddling with Belarusian affairs.

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Lithuanian search for missing dog leads to 47 dogs taken from suspicious premises

In western Lithuania, the search for a missing West Highland Terrier has led to volunteers finding several suspicious premises with dogs in poor conditions. Authorities have uncovered 47 dogs from possible illegal breeders of pure-bred dogs, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.

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Week in Lithuania: Neo-Nazi admits his guilt, 64 Belarusians granted humanitarian entry, EU mobility package to be contested

The key news in Lithuania last week were sanctions to Belarusian officials, humanitarian entry to Belarus opposition activists and official plans to contest the EU mobility legislation.

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Week in Lithuania: Adamkus receives Kaczyński award, new COVID-19 cases spike, Belarus sanctions proposed

Last week, the key news stories in Lithuania were former President Valdas Adamkus receiving Poland's Kaczyński award, increase in new COVID-19 cases and the proposal of sanctions against more than 100 Belarusian officials.

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BNN analyses | Subsidies-soaked, lesser-hit Lithuanian economy snubs COVID-19 fright

Although Lithuania’s major macroeconomic indicators released in late August by Statistics Lithuania, the country’s chief statistician, imply a shaky time for the Lithuanian economy, however the silver lining is overwhelming, dwarfing a seemingly imminent second COVID-19 wave and its blow.

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Skvernelis commends Latvia changing mind on Belarus atomic power station

Lithuanian Prime Minister thanked Latvia for solidarity after Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš warned that Latvia would stop the trade of electric power with Belarus, if the controversial Astravyets nuclear power station is put into operation.

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Lithuania short of 700 teachers, while music and arts specialists increasingly redundant

In Lithuanian schools, there are around 700 vacancies for teachers. Meanwhile, the proportion of teachers looking for work has increased by 40% in 2020.

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Lithuanian diplomats summon Belarusian ambassador of violation of border during Freedom Way

On Sunday, a Belarusian military helicopter has violated the border, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has announced.

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BNN analyses | Lithuania is playing first fiddle in Belarus freedom case abroad

Seemingly, all the democratic world was moved by the combustible events in Belarus, following its highly contested election on August 9. However, the efforts of support for the democratic change-seeking Belarusian opposition varied.

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Belarusian presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya arrives in Lithuania

Belarusian presidential opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is in Lithuania, as confirmed by Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevičius on Tuesday, 11 August.

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Week in Lithuania: Health Minister quits vacation, GIPL’s section under Nemunas started, plans to buy bank

Last week in Lithuania, Health Minister cut short his vacation, Vilnius did not send election observers to neighbouring Belarus and plans to buy a bank were unveiled.

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Maths exam in Lithuanian secondary schools failed by 32.4%

After months of quarantine and distance learning, Lithuanian youths have produced poor results in the national maths exam taken at the end of the last school year of secondary school, with only 67.6 being able to pass the exam in 2020, LRT reports.

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Week in Lithuania: Mandatory face masks reintroduced, ministers lock horns over relocation of Syrian family

Last week, the top news in Lithuania were the reintroduction of mandatory facemasks, two ministers locking horns on relocation of a Syrian family and a court ruling on unconstitutionality of 2018 referendum law.

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BNN ANALYSES | Lithuania’s Druskininkai: Resort doomed to never-ending bad spotlight over mayor’s law-bending?

No other Lithuanian municipality has ever gotten so much bad spotlight as the Druskininkai municipality, which first is known for its beautiful serene resort town of Druskininkai in southern Lithuania near the border with Belarus. Why is the Lithuanian gem of wellness and health attracting bad publicity? Who is the mayor, Ričardas Malinauskas, a gregarious and exuberant man – and some say a visionary – nearly incessantly in the eye of law enforcement agencies?

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