New Unity starts coalition talks
On December 14 the New Unity party started talks with potential coalition partners over setting up a government under Krišjānis Kariņš.
Report: 2018 Saeima election changed the political landscape
A new report analyzing Latvia's recent Saeima election, held October 6, concludes that even in the world of social media and mud-slinging campaigns, word of mouth, personal contact and old-fashioned debating are still the most important factors determining how voters place their papers in the ballot box.
Brexit shouldn't mean less cohesion cash, says Foreign Minister
On 11 December 2018, Latvia'sMinister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the meeting of the European Union General Affairs Council in Brussels, at which ministers held a discussion on progress in negotiations on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2027.
Foreign Minister asks Russia to obey international law
Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the 25th Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Milan on December 6, using the opportunity to re-state Latvia''s strong support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.
Danish royals pay a visit
Members of the Danish royal family became the latest aristocrats to pay a visit to Latvia during its centenary year on December 6.
Possible shape of Latvian cabinet revealed
Prime Ministerial nominee Aldis Gobzems is reported to have drawn up the shape of his desired cabinet - even though it seems to fly in the face of one of his coalition partners' stated positions on inter-party cooperation. However, it should be stressed the government plan was revealed by LTV citing unofficial information.
Party talks stalling over uncertainty on Gobzems' security clearance
On December 1 potential coalition partners sat at the discussion table to discuss tasks for the upcoming government. Talks are stalling, in part, over the uncertainty of when Aldis Gobzems, KPV LV party's candidate for PM, will receive a security clearance enabling him to access state secrets.
Poll: support falls for several parties in post-election slump
Since the Saeima elections on October 6, support has fallen for a number of political parties, according to the latest opinion poll conducted by the SKDS pollster for Latvian Television. The poll was conducted from 3 to 15 November, when the New Conservative Party's (JKP) Jānis Bordāns was still in line to become the likely new prime minister - a situation that no longer holds true.
No state cash for Latvian Russian Union
Despite passing the 2% vote threshold necessary to secure state funding for political parties in the recent Saeima elections, the Latvia's Russian Union political party will not be getting its share of the cash for a simple reason: it doesn't have a bank account in Latvia, reports LTV, citing information from the Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB).