Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2014

With fears of Moscow growing after its intervention in Ukraine, NATO member states in Eastern Europe would like NATO to direct a planned missile-defense system against Russia as well. The calls have divided the military alliance. more... Comment ]

Opinion: Watch Out for Little Green Men

Opinion: Watch Out for Little Green Men

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 07, 2014

When Moscow-backed troops appeared in Crimea earlier this year, the media dubbed them the "Little Green Men." Now NATO members should ask themselves how they will respond if the soldiers begin appearing in Estonia and Latvia too. By Steve Pifer more... Comment ]


EU Immigration: Only the Rich Are Welcome

EU Immigration: Only the Rich Are Welcome

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

Hundreds of poverty-stricken refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean, while at the same time, many European Union member states issue residence permits to wealthy Chinese, Arabs and Russians. Anyone is welcome who can pay the asking price. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Latvia and the Euro: Meet the EU's Newest Tax Haven

Latvia and the Euro: Meet the EU's Newest Tax Haven

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2013

Latvia will become the common currency area's newest member in January 2014 -- the same time that new tax laws go into effect allowing the country to compete with the likes of Cyprus and Malta. This could further destabilize the European economy. By Stefan Schultz in Riga, Latvia more... Comment ]


Latvian Prime Minister: 'We Have Learned From Our Mistakes'

Latvian Prime Minister: 'We Have Learned From Our Mistakes'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2013

Just a few years ago, Latvia was on the edge of bankruptcy. Now, it's poised to join the euro zone in 2014. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis explains why austerity turned the country's economic fortunes around and insists Latvia is not becoming a tax haven. more... Comment ]

About Time: Germany Finally Opens Labor Market to Eastern Workers

About Time: Germany Finally Opens Labor Market to Eastern Workers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 28, 2011

On May 1, Germany and Austria will open up their labor markets to citizens of the Eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004 -- seven years after most other EU members let them in. But Berlin's protectionist fears have only hurt the German economy, as the country will struggle to attract enough skilled workers. By Markus Dettmer and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Fear of Russia: NATO Developed Secret Contingency Plans for Baltic States

Fear of Russia: NATO Developed Secret Contingency Plans for Baltic States

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 07, 2010

The South Ossetia war in August 2008 made the Baltic states worry about the prospect of a Russian attack. The diplomatic cables reveal how Baltic politicians persuaded NATO to prepare a new strategy to defend their countries. The plan was supposed to be kept secret to avoid irritating Russia. By Ulrike Demmer and Ralf Neukirch more...

'Positive Energy': Blonde Parade Lifts Spirits in Gloomy Latvia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2009

Latvians may be feeling depressed as a result of the economic crisis which has hammered the Baltic state, but over 500 blonde women did their best to lift spirits in Riga on Sunday with a parade and other "Blonde Weekend" events. more...


Annual Ceremony Divides Latvia: Waffen SS Veterans March Through Riga

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2009

Latvian veterans of Hitler's Waffen SS marched through Riga on Monday, defying a ban by officials. The annual march divides the country. Latvians of Russian descent regard it as an insult, but many others honor the fighters for resisting Soviet occupation. more...

Trouble in the Baltics: Latvia's Crisis Mirrors Eastern Europe's Woes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 03, 2009

Until recently, it was regarded as an economic success story. Now, Latvia could be on the "brink of bankruptcy." By Jason Bush more...