Politics
President Levits issues statement on Russia-Ukraine situation
On January 26, President of Latvia Egils Levits issued a lengthy statement on the threat of Russian aggression against Ukraine and demands on NATO. Unusually for such a presidential statement, it takes the form of 14 separate numbered assertions rather than one long piece of text. It is reproduced in full below.
PM Kariņš: restrictions should not be priority now
The Ministry of Health 'stop tugging at the society' with restrictions and only emphasize vaccination, masks and testing, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said on Latvian Television January 26.
Hospitality sector requests Finance and Health ministers to step down
Ten Latvian tourism, guest accommodation and catering, beauty and sports industry associations are calling for the resignation of Finance Minister Jānis Reirs and Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts who have completely lost the trust of the companies, said business representative Evija Ansonska January 25.
Saeima deputy quits party but not parliament
Saeima deputy Romāns Naudiņš has announced he has decided to leave the ranks of the right-of-center National Alliance (NA) Saeima faction but will not be laying aside his mandate.
Saeima conceptually supports ban on fur farming
On January 20 in the first reading, the Saeima supported amendments to the Animal Protection Law, which provides for the prohibition of the breeding of animals for the sole purpose of obtaining fur as of January 1, 2026.
Latvia's ambassadors assemble for annual Rīga get-together
From 10 to 13 January 2022, the heads of Latvia’s diplomatic missions abroad and Latvian ambassadors residing in Rīga will have their annual meeting to discuss their priorities and compare notes, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said January 7.
Saeima supports Jewish compensation bill
Saeima on January 6 in the second reading supported the bill on good will compensation to the Jewish community for properties lost during the Holocaust worth EUR 40 million to be paid in ten years.
Latvian government breaks longevity record
Despite several predictions at the time of its formation that it wouldn't last long, the government of Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) on January 5 became the longest-serving single administration in Latvian history, the Cabinet Office said.
December party ratings show plenty to play for ahead of 2022 Saeima election
With 10 months to go before the next Saeima elections, there are few changes in voter attitudes other than a slight reduction in the number of people who are undecided about their voting intentions and a slight increase in the number saying they wil not bother voting at all, according to the latest party popularity poll from SKDS for Latvian Television.
President Levits urges people not to gather over holidays
In concerns about the rapid spread of the Omicron strain of the Covid-19 virus, President of Latvia Egils Levits calls on residents to refrain from gathering over the holiday period, Latvian Television reported December 22.
Latvia has new Ambassador to Canada
On December 14, 2021, in an official ceremony in Riga Castle, the President of Latvia Egils Levits presented credentials to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Canada, Kaspars Ozoliņš.
Re:Baltica names Latvia's main Covid-19 disinformation sources
The Baltic Center for Investigative Jourrnalism, Re:Baltica, has a new report in English examining the people responsible for the spread of inaccurate, misleading or plain weird  dis- and misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic, whether for ideological, egomaniacal or other reasons.
Latvia critical of Belgian plans to relocate war memorial
According to a release by the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on 10 December 2021, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, sent a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Federal Cultural Institutions of the Kingdom of Belgium, Sophie Wilmès, "expressing concerns about developments in Zedelgem in relation to the 'Latvian Beehive for Freedom' monument and asking that the Minister follow the matter closely."

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