Pavļuts: Latvia will have to consider domestic partnership law
More and more people choose different alternatives to marriage, and the country has to solve the problems faced by these people. Despite Saeima's conservative outlook, the “Development/For” alliance will submit a domestic partnership bill which is expected to spark a public discussion, said Daniels Pavļuts, the leader of the “Development/For” political alliance, in an interview with Latvian Radio on June 18.
Latvia and Estonia prepare for booze battle over alcohol tax
If Estonia has broken the agreement with Latvia regarding excise tax on alcoholic beverages and started a pricing war, Latvia will have no choice but to respond by reducing excise taxes accordingly, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told reporters after a meeting of the government Cooperation Council June 17.
Latvia elected to UN Economic and Social Council
On 14 June 2019 in New York, at the plenary session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Latvia was elected as member of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the term of 2020–2022, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported June 14.
Baltic states concerned about Moldovan situation
The three foreign ministers of the Baltic states on June 14 issued a joint statement expressing their concern about the situation in Moldova, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The statement reads as follows:
KPV LV ministers ditch their parliamentary secretaries
All government ministers from the KPV LV party - Welfare Minister Ramona Petravica, Interior Minister Sandis Girgens and Economics Minister Ralfs Nemiro - have released their parliamentary secretaries over the past few weeks, the LETA newswire reported June 11.
Ministers agree Baltic Sea roadmap
A meeting of Foreign Ministers and other representatives of the countries around the Baltic Sea littoral met in Jūrmala, Latvia June 3 for the concluding meeting of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) before it is passed on to Denmark on the 1st of July.
Former PM and minister spoiled ballot papers in presidential vote
Former Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis and former health minister Anda Čaksa (both Greens and Farmers Union party) both filled in invalid ballot papers in the vote to choose a new Latvian president and, according to LTV's De Facto investigative news show, did so deliberately.
Latvia and Russia talk in Rīga
On 30 May 2019 in Riga, the Head of the Bilateral Relations Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Ilgvars Kļava, held political consultations with the Director of the Second European Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergei Belyayev, according to a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dainis Turlais confirmed as new Rīga mayor
On Thursday, May 30, Riga City Council deputies as expected elected Dainis Turlais to the position of new council chairman, effectively making him mayor of the Latvian capital. His candidacy was formally nominated by the previous mayor, Nils Ušakovs who was recently elected to the European Parliament after being suspended from his position by the government over a spate of corruption scandals at municipal companies.  
Ušakovs steps down as mayor of Rīga
Suspended Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs (Harmony) has stepped down as Rīga mayor, he said on Facebook May 29. According to LTV, a new mayor could be elected as early as May 30.
Presidential candidates choose their top musical tracks
The fastest way to a Latvian's heart is through his or her ears, and with that in mind, the three candidates to become Latvian President May 29 have chosen their favorite songs for Latvian Radio 2, which plays exclusively Latvian music.  
Harmony ally says it wants Rīga mayor's seat
Following the European elections, a change of power may be looming in the Latvian capital as one of the two coalition parties wants its candidate to serve as Rīga mayor instead of Harmony, an allied party, and could go as far as calling a snap election. 
MEPs react to election results
Following the provisional results of the 2019 European Parliament elections, prominent MEPs reflected on the outcome May 27.