Commentary
It's time to be proud of being Eastern European
As the horrifying images and stories from Bucha are published, the West is grasping to process what has been done there by the Russian army. Some even try to question if it’s real. After WW2 the entire world said “Never again”. But here we are. Again.
Listen to a Latvian Saint Patrick's Day podcast
March 17 is the national day of Ireland, St. Patrick's Day. To mark the occasion the independent 'Latvia Weekly' podcast has a special edition featuring an interview with the Irish ambassador to Latvia, Eimar Friel.
Thirty thousand small acts of defiance
As the stars on Freedom Monument glittered in the spring sun, tens of thousands of people marched on from Milda, as the sculpted woman on the monument is affectionately called, to the Ukrainian Embassy in Rīga on Saturday in a show of solidarity with tens of millions facing senseless war in a peace-loving country.
'Sumy, Ukraina, I'm with you!'
Tuesday in northern Latvia was sunny, but still quite cold. The ice gave the impression it couldn't decide whether it should melt, and so would wait a bit longer before committing itself one way or the other.
Viewpoint: Latvia finally found its 'Nokia'
Latvia's search for its 'Nokia' has been a protracted one. For those not familiar with the term, the search for "Latvia's Nokia" has been around since the days when Finland's Nokia was the big success of the Baltic region and has been used as shorthand for a concept combining Sir Gawain's quest for the Holy Grail, the Conquistadores' search for Eldorado and Austin Powers' bid to regain his mojo. As with all these examples, the hunt for Latvia's Nokia went on a bit longer than was strictly necessary.
Opinion: The Fake News Catch-22
One of the strangest things about the tedious phenomenon of "fake news", by which in most cases we mean badly-written fiction posing as factual reporting, is the way in which reporters are almost forced to write about it.
Opinion: Only 10% of workers are financially protected. It's time to act
In the book, How Latvia Came through the Financial Crisis, current Vice President at the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis stressed that the economic crisis and the solutions to tackle it have left a lingering effect for many years. This is perhaps the only conclusion drawn in the downturn-era PM's book that I fully agree with.
Viewpoint: Mārtiņš Panke, Foreign Investors' Council in Latvia
It sometimes seems that life was easy for those who were responsible for setting the strategic goals for Latvia in the 1990s and 2000s. All they had to do was look at a list of international organizations and pick which which one we should join next. We pocketed WTO  membership in 1999, and pulled off an impressive stunt in 2004 by ticking off both the EU and NATO.
'Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus' from Latvia
We would like to take the opportunity to wish "Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus" to all of our readers around the world. Whatever you celebrate and however you celebrate it, we hope you have a wonderful time.
Election results pose problem for President(update)
Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis will face a tricky decision in the near future when he will have to nominate a potential Prime Minister to attempt to form a new government coalition.
Election results: the expert view
With more than nine-tenths of the results in Latvia's 13th Saeima elections counted, the share of the vote won by each party looks clearer by the minute. Harmony topped the poll with 19% of the vote followed by newcomers KPV LV on 14%, the New Conservatives on 13%, For Development/For! on 11%, the National Alliance on 11%, the Greens and Farmers Union on 10% and New Unity on 6% (based on incomplete data).
Viewpoint: Hopeful moves towards the changing of the old guard
With so much attention currently focused on parliamentary elections due to take place October 6 - despite the common opinion that that they will result in very little change -  it is possible that some more important, if less obviously significant events are taking place under our noses right now.
Kučinskis: fight against corruption "one of main priorities of the government"
In Brussels on February 23 Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis was on a damage limitation exercise. For a week newspapers across Europe and beyond had been running front-page stories about sensational developments in Latvia's financial sector involving allegations of money-laundering, bribery, conspiracy, corruption and even, according to the government's own sources, a "probable" co-ordinated campaign to defame Latvia's name - which is a bit like saying everyone is making too much out of the money-laundering, bribery, conspiracy and corruption.
ABLV is a big deal
Next time a bank tells you how clever it is, how it uses all the latest technology, how its accounts are super secure and how slick and smart and highly-trained its employees are, you might choose to disbelieve the claim.
Latvian- and Russian-language media: contrasting stories
February 1 saw the launch of new research from the Center for East European Policy Studies (CEEPS or APPC in Latvian) examining the similarities and differences between Latvian-language and Russian-language coverage of international news in the Latvian media space.
Apathy and sloth at Riga City Council
"Smile, it's going to be alright!" Riga vice-mayor Andris Ameriks (Honor to Serve Riga) told me, happily, as he went back to a meeting where the 2018 Riga budget was being passed on a late Wednesday afternoon, after he had had a hearty meal at the Rātslaukums cafe opposite to the City Hall.
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