Despite some recent clashes with the Saeima - or perhaps because of them - more than 60 percent of Latvian residents are positive about the work of Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, Latvian daily Diena reported December 5, citing the latest survey conducted by the SKDS pollster.
Former Latvian President Valdis Zatlers told a parliamentary inquiry into the so-called "Oligarch conversations" December 4 that he had no doubt the covertly-recorded conversations were genuine, but Agriculture Minister Jānis Dūklavs said he remembered little about such conversations.
The bid by Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola to become president of the Eurogroup group of countries played out December 4 at a meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels with Reizniece-Ozola eventually stepping aside.
Latvia's Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola confirmed November 30 that she had submitted an application to become the new president of the Eurogroup, the club of countries within the European Union that have the euro as their currency, LETA reported.
Latvian Health Minister Anda Čakša has joined the Latvian Green Party (LZP), the party’s office manager Liga Stala reported November 29.
The Saeima Legal Affairs Committee on November 29 supported a public initiative over electing the Latvian president in an open vote, reported Latvian Radio.
On 28 November, Latvia's Cabinet of Ministers adopted two draft decisions on approving the posting of two Latvian civilian experts to international missions in Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed.
The Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, took part in the annual Security Policy Summit organised by Friends of Europe, a Brussels-based think-tank November 28, and used the opportunity to talk up Latvia's ability to defend itself against Russian "hybrid threats and cyber attacks".
Two political parties stand head and shoulders above the rest in the latest poll commissioned by LTV on voter intentions with less than a year until Saeima elections, according to the SKDS pollster.
The Latvian leftist Saskaņa (Harmony) party has been admitted to the Party of European Socialists (PES), the party said on November 27.
Latvia's spending plans for 2018 were rubber-stamped by Saeima November 23 after lengthy debate.
The head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis, will likely visit Latvia next year as a part of a tour of all three Baltic states, the Latvian President's bureau confirmed November 22.
The head of the lobbying organization representing large employers in Latvia was among those handed awards and a cash prize of more than 7,000 euros by the government November 16 in the annual "Cabinet of Ministers Awards".
The foreign ministers of Ireland and Latvia met in Dublin November 15 to coordinate their joint position within the European Union on Britain's plan to quit the union and go it alone.
On 14 November in Riga, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Russia, Vladimir Titov, who is in Latvia to take part in the regular political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Russia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
Several ministries have voiced objections to the State Chancellery's idea to reduce the number of employees in public administration by 3,500 - or by approximately 6 percent, and to reform a number of minor government agencies and institutions, reported the LETA newswire November 13.
A signature drive on the Manabalss.lv portal, which proposed that Russian schools in Latvia may choose their instructional language themselves, has been halted.
Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis on November 10 declined to sign legal reforms approved by Saeima, sending it back to the parliament instead for further consideration.
Saeima members have proposed to reallocate €223 million for various needs in Latvia’s 2018 budget, but the government might only grant requests worth €2 million in total, Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Greens/Farmers) told journalists November 9.
Solvita Aboltina, a controversial member of the Latvian parliament with the troubled Unity party was unceremoniously kicked out of the party October 6 by the board which until recently she chaired.
Macedonia's foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov met his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkēvičs in Riga November 2 to talk over a range of topics.
One of Latvia's most experienced politicians and diplomats said November 1 that NATO would most likely need to keep its beefed-up presence in the Baltic states for 10 years.
After one year of membership of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which Latvia worked hard to join, there is a definite sense of quiet satisfaction in the corridors of power about the decision to join.
These are the party ratings less than a year before the October 6, 2018 parliamentary election in Latvia.
Anyone hoping to escape the slew of headlines generated by U.S. President Donald Trump on a daily basis by following the progress of Latvia's parliamentary commission into the so-called "oligarch conversations" scandal was in for a surprise October 30 when Trump's name cropped up during cross-examination of former Transport Minister Ainars Šlesers.