Latvia's government took the relatively unusual step February 19 of issuing a set of English-language media bulletpoints in a clear attempt to dampen down the swirling international media speculation about the country's banking sector.
Latvian Television on February 14 outlined the ways in which the key figures behind ABLV bank - accused by US authorities of being a multi-billion dollar money laundering operation - have donated to political parties.
The ruling coalition parties at their weekly meeting February 12 supported a proposal by the National Alliance to ban former KGB agents and informers from running in general elections in Latvia.
President Raimonds Vējonis took advantage of his attendance at the Winter Olympic games in South Korea February 13 to have a meeting with his South Korean counterpart.
Current Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis said February 12 he would be willing to carry on in the position if his Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) party does sufficiently well in parliamentary elections due to take place in October.
Latvian officials have offered their condolences to Russia following the crash of a passenger airliner near Moscow.
Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis on February 9 sent back to the parliament for revision the bill about banning the companies registered in low-tax or tax-free countries, or the so-called offshore countries, from taking part in public tenders in Latvia, the president's office said.
The Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalism, Re:Baltica, has published its latest investigation, this time examining the use of social media and political advertising by parties and politicians ahead of Saeima elections in October.
On February 8 the Latvian parliament asked the government to impose sanctions against the persons involved in the so-called Magnitsky case.
Former Unity leader Solvita Aboltina, who recently renounced her lawmaker’s mandate, took office as director of the Foreign Ministry’s European Department in the diplomatic rank of adviser today, LETA was told at the ministry February 5.
Vice-President of the European Union, Maroš Šefčovič said in Rīga February 2 that the Baltic states and Poland should agree on future plans to synchronize their electricity grids with the rest of Europe by June.
Hopes that Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, would on February 1 take the first move towards the introduction of a "Magnitsky list" similar to those already operating in the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere were scuttled at the last minute, with consideration of legislative proposals now likely to be postponed for a week.
Diplomatic efforts appeared to pay off January 31 with Ukraine responding to Latvian demands and removing Latvia from a list of potential tax havens that threatened to complicate trade between the two countries, according to reports in Ukrainian media.
Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has sent a note to Ukraine - a form of initial official protest drawing attention to a topic of perceived importance - over Latvia's inclusion on a Ukrainian list of potential tax haven countries.
The Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) political party saw their ratings go up in January, while voter support for Unity, the National Alliance and Harmony declined, Latvian Television reported citing a new SKDS survey where respondents were asked how they would vote in Saeima elections.
Augusts Brigmanis, a senior figure within the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) political grouping on January 26 ruled out a possible future government consisting of his party and the opposition Harmony party of Riga mayor Nils Ušakovs.
Corruption is in full force in Latvia and groups with limited membership pursuing their own economic interests often call the tune, said Inguna Sudraba (For Latvia from the Heart party), the chairwoman of the ad hoc parliamentary committee probing the so-called "oligarch affair".
The annual foreign policy debate is taking place at the Saeima January 25, setting the direction of Latvia's diplomacy for the next twelve months.
Latvia's next parliamentary elections will take place on Saturday, October 6, the Central Election Commission (CVK) confirmed January 24.
Latvia's annual foreign and security policy yearbook was launched January 23 by Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics.
MPs from the leading Greens and Farmers Union party will not support the Istanbul Convention, the party's faction leader Augusts Brigmanis told Latvian Radio January 22.
The Latvian ad hoc parliamentary committee probing the so-called "oligarch affair" says in its final report that it had spotted signs suggesting state capture but does not identify anyone by name.
The withdrawal of Saeima member Ringolds Balodis from the parliamentary faction of the For Latvia from the Heart (NSL) party has effectively put the faction out of existence.
The Latvian parliamentary committee on national security on January 17 elected MP Inese Libina-Egnere (Unity) as its new chairperson.
Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen paid a brief visit to Latvia December 15.
Latvia needs to ensure a realistic assessment of its role within the European Union and an open and accurate discussion between policymakers and the public in order to avoid unfortunate Brexit-type decisions, a Latvian member of parliament says in an introduction to the country's foreign policy priorities for 2018.
Saeima deputy Ringolds Balodis has made the decision to leave the For Latvia from the Heart party in protest at the way party leader Inguna Sudraba is acting as chairwoman of the parliamentary committee investigating to so-called ''oligarch conversations'', the politician told LETA December 13.
The controversial politician Tatjana Ždanoka (Latvian Russian Union party) plans to leave the European Parliament and hopes to run in the Saeima elections due to take place in October.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the first-ever visit of a sitting Japanese PM to Latvia January 13, a little over a month after his Latvian counterpart Maris Kučinskis made history in the other direction when he visited Tokyo.