Kariņš says 2020 budget likely to be biggest ever
Next year Latvia’s budget will be as large as never before and exceed EUR 10 billion, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said August 14 in an interview with the Morning Panorama program of Latvian Television.
Foreign Ministry opens new grant competition
Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched its latest grant project competition this time with the catchy title: Support for Development Cooperation and Development (Global) Education Projects Funded by the European Commission and Other International Aid Donors in the Recipient Countries Defined by the Republic of Latvia and in the Republic of Latvia.
Seven independent Riga City Council deputies agree to cooperate
Riga City Council’s Independent Deputies Faction and For Riga! bloc have agreed to cooperate in resolving economic matters. The deputies, however, have refrained from endorsing any of the proposed mayoral candidates, stating that they would be ready to join the team of a mayor who has garnered support of at least 24 other council members, reported LETA on August 8.
Latvia speaks up in defense of Russian protesters
Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August 5 released a statement defending the right of democratically-minded Russians to stage peaceful protests and sharply criticizing the heavy-handed response of the authorities in Moscow to such protests. 
Pro-EU sentiment on the rise across Europe
A new Eurobarometer survey released August 5 shows a strong increase in citizens' positive perception of the European Union across the board – from the economy to the state of democracy - which were described by the European Commission as "the best results since June 2014".
Alternative local government reform plan floated
The authors of an alternative administrative territorial reform program propose dividing Latvia into five or eight administrative districts - either based on the planning regions or on the administrative basis of Latvian cities, reported the LETA newswire.
Brexit negotiator Barnier updates Rīga
The European Union's negotiator during the so-called 'Brexit' negotiations with the United Kingdom, Michel Barnier, was in Rīga July 18 to update Latvian officials on the current state of the seemingly interminable process.
Latvian MEPs split on von der Leyen for President
There were congratulations for newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen from Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš July 16, but Latvia's cadre of 8 MEPs was split on the crucial vote.
Levits voices support for smart immigration
In an interview with Latvian Radio on July 16, new Latvian president Egils Levits voiced support for a smart immigration policy that would allow immigration for specialists who have a potential to add to the country's economy.