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It is the awards season, so what better way to celebrate than by naming Latvia's best and worst Members of the European parliament? Well, there are many better ways, but here goes, nevertheless.
Latvia celebrates centenary of Finland
Latvian officials and members of the public were joining in a chorus of ''Paljon onnea, Suomi!'' December 6 to celebrate the centenary of the founding of an independent Finnish state.
(Nearly) everybody loves Raimonds

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.

Reizniece-Ozola pulls out of Eurogroup bid

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.

Reizniece-Ozola confirms Eurogroup bid

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.

Health Minister joins green party

Latvian Health Minister Anda Čakša has joined the Latvian Green Party (LZP), the party’s office manager Liga Stala reported November 29.

Cabinet approves sending civilian experts to Ukraine

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.

Official talks up cyber-defense ability

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". 

Harmony, Greens and Farmers dominate party ratings

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.

Pope Francis due to visit in 2018

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.

Head of employers' federation handed government award

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".

Ireland and Latvia talk Brexit

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.  

Russian Foreign Ministry official visits Riga

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.

Ministries line up to resist government streamlining effort

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.

MPs seek €223m in extra allocations in 2018 budget

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.

Unpopular MP booted from Unity party

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.

Latvia and Macedonia compare notes

Macedonia's foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov met his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkēvičs in Riga November 2 to talk over a range of topics.

OECD membership gives a rosy glow one year on

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.

Trump pops up in 'oligarch conversations' investigation

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.