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Kucinskis denies criticism of tax reform plan

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis launched a surprisingly strong critique of the European Commission's representative office in Riga May 24, suggesting that it had in effect gone rogue.

Baltic geopolitics considered in US

Baltic politics and regional issues were debated May 19 and 20 at a conference in the United States organized by the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC).

Latvia and Finland talk trees and much else

The Prime Minister of Latvia Māris Kučinskis visited Helsinki on May 12 at the invitation of Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. As well as bilateral relations between the countries and regional cooperation, in particular, energy security and the progress of the Rail Baltica project. They also talked about the symbolism of trees.

Cabinet to hold Daugavpils meeting

Government ministers are set to break out of their Riga bubble in the next couple of weeks by holding a cabinet meeting in Latvia's second-largest city, Daugavpils.

Tensions high as coalition talks tax reform

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis emerged from morning talks with his coalition partners on the subject of proposed tax reforms giving every indication that tensions between the parties - in particular his Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) party and the Unity party - are close to breaking point. 

EU unity on Brexit is key: Rinkēvičs

Maintaining a united front in negotiations with the United Kingdom over its plans to quit the European Union is of the utmost importance, Latvia's foreign minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said April 27.

Local election lists are in

The battle lines for nationwide local elections to be held in across Latvia on June 3 can now be drawn after the deadline for the submission of candidates passed on April 24.

Diplomatic staff get crisis training

With terrorist outrages, armed conflicts and natural disasters seeming to happen with greater frequency, Latvia's consular staff are receiving special training in dealing with crises. 

You've got mail... from Donald Trump

Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis has received a letter from Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, the presidential press service said April 12. 

US lawmakers pay a visit

A group of US politicians paid a visit to Latvia April 9, offering security support and the chance to buy natural gas.

State Chancellery gets new chief

On April 4 Latvia's government appointed Jānis Citskovskis, Deputy State Secretary at the Interior Ministry, as the new director of the State Chancellery. 

Ukraine's Poroshenko thankful for Latvian support

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited Latvia April 4, expressing his gratitude for the country's strong support in defending its territory against occupying Russian forces int he east of the country.

Latvia reacts to metro blasts in Russia

Latvian officials on April 3 offered condolences to Russia following twin explosions on the St Petersburg metro system that are believed to have caused several fatalities and injured dozens.

Saeima rules against performing circus animals

Crowds gathered outside the Latvian parliament building or Saeima March 30 with members of parliament inside debating whether or not to ban the use of animals in circus performances.   

Baltics meet Tillerson in US

The three foreign ministers of the Baltic states met United States secretary of state Rex Tillerson in Washington March 28.