Baltic States

Latvian oligarch Aivars Lembergs jailed for five years for financial crimes

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius February 25, 2021

Corrupt political kingpin finally goes to jail for bribery and money laundering after court battle lasting 12 years.

Emerging Europe strong on women’s economic opportunities but dragged down by low pensions

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 24, 2021

Different retirement ages for men and women lead to lower pensions for women despite reforms in 2019-2020, says World Bank report.

BALTIC BLOG: Estonia's Centre party looks set to maintain kingmaker role

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius February 18, 2021

Populist liberal leader Juri Ratas will try to plot a comeback from behind the scenes, analysts believe.

Abuse and hate speech against LGBTI people rises across Europe and Central Asia

bne IntelliNews February 18, 2021

Crackdown on democracy and civil society during pandemic accompanied by increase in hate speech by politicians finds ILGA-Europe report.

Ukraine and Lithuania imported record amounts of power from Belarus, but move to break ties with its power grid

Ben Aris in Berlin February 17, 2021

Ukraine imported a record amount of electricity from Belarus in 2020, as other neighbouring EU countries cut their ties with the Belarusian power grid.

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