On 19 February 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the meeting of the General Affairs Council in Brussels, at which Member State representatives discussed progress in negotiations on the EU budget for 2021–2027.
A number of intellectuals and public figures have turned to the parliament to support the presidential candidacy of Egilts Levits, a judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
This year Latvia will again choose a State President to serve a four-year term, starting July 8.
Leonid Volkov, the man who managed the headquarters of Russian opposition frontman Alexei Navalny ahead of the Russian presidential election, spoke with LSM's Russian-language service about corruption, sanctions, the state of democracy in Eastern Europe, and more.
February 15 marks one hundred days until Latvians - and other European Union citizens resident in Latvia - get to vote in the next European parliamentary elections.
As of now, two right-of-center parties – the New Conservative Party (JKP), and the National Alliance party – support Egils Levits' candidacy as president of Latvia, reported LTV February 14. Levits meanwhile said his decision on whether to become a candidate depends on coalition-wide support.
Around 3,000 people gave up part of their weekend February 9 to express support for embattled Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs.
Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš makes his first foreign trip February 8, a short hop north to visit his Estonian counterpart, Jüri Ratas in Tallinn.
This summer, MPs are electing the 13th Latvian president in what will be the first open presidential vote in history. While no official candidates have been named yet, it's unlikely current president Raimonds Vējonis will be elected for a second term, reported LTV February 7.
On Thursday, February 7, the Latvian Saeima adopted a Declaration on the Rights of Citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Latvia after the so-called "Brexit" takes place, currently scheduled for March 29.
On February 6 former party leader Aldis Gobzems, who is being expelled from his own KPV LV party, has been removed from the party's parliamentary group.
The latest political opinion poll conducted by SKDS for Latvian Television makes interesting reading. Carried out in January, with the 13th Saeima just three months old, it shows growth in support for the New Conservative Party and a significant drop-off in support for KPV LV.
Latvia backs Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president, Latvia's Foreign Ministry said in a press announcement February 4.
Latvian State President Raimonds Vējonis on February 4 took the unusual step of telling Saeima to pull its socks up and improve the quality of its legislative efforts.
New Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš had his first joint meeting with his counterparts from fellow Baltic states Estonia and Lithuania February 4 - or rather he would have done had not the weather intervened.
On February 4 the coalition party KPV LV expelled one of its leaders, Aldis Gobzems, from the party.
In a joint move, the chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the parliaments of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have nominated the journalism collective Bellingcat for a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism 2019 for its investigative reporting.
The Latvian parliament on January 31 swore in eight new MPs who will replace government ministers in parliament with the so-called soft mandate.
A demonstration in support of member of parliament Juris Jurašs (New Conservative party) gathered outside Saeima early on January 31 ahead of a vote by lawmakers on whether to remove his parliamentary immunity from prosecution.
President Raimonds Vējonis remains evasive on whether or not he will run for a second term.
LSM recently reported on the fact that the majority of members of the Saeima's National Security Committee are still awaiting security clearance to deal with state secrets, and it emerged January 30 that almost half of the new government's ministers are in a similar position.
Less than a week after a new government was approved by a Saeima vote, the first potential change to Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš' cabinet loomed large with Culture Minister Dace Melbārde confirming she would be seeking to swap her seat at the cabinet table for one at the European parliament in Brussels.
Within three weeks, the five ruling parties are planning to start talks over choosing the next presidential candidates, PM Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told the press after a coalition meeting January 28.
The Latvian Institute for International Affairs (LIIA) recently launched its 2019 Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook, in cooperation with the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
It may only be two days old, but Latvia's new government is already showing that it is taking the power of online media seriously with the release of its first film.
The Harmony party's pick for the prime ministerial post, Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, is set to likely exchange his recently-won seat in Saeima for one at the European Parliament after he was confirmed January 24 as the party's leading candidate for May's European elections.
The annual foreign policy debate is taking place at the Latvian Saeima on January 24.
Latvia and the UK have agreed that the status of Latvians who will have arrived in the UK before March 29 won't change after Brexit even in the case of a so-called "hard Brexit", Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs told Latvian Television January 23.
Nearly four months after parliamentary elections held on October 6, 2018, the Latvian parliament or Saeima on January 23 finally approved a new government.
Aleksejs Loskutovs (New Unity) who ran in the 13th Saeima elections but was not elected to the parliament, is prepared to replace Latvia’s prime minister nominee Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) in the European Parliament, the politician told LETA.