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.
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.
Egils Levits has handed in his resignation as a European-level judge ahead of his assumption of the Latvian presidency next month.
In recent years US diplomatic missions around the world would hoist a rainbow flag alongside the US flag as a gesture of solidarity during the annual “LGBT Pride Month”.
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.
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:
In the near future, two socially controversial bills are going to be put on the Saeima's agenda – one proposing the restitution of the Jewish community's former property and the other the resolution of domestic partnership rights, Latvian Television reported on June 11.
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.
Latvia's cabinet on June 11 approved the nomination of Valdis Dombrovskis to be Latvia's European Union Commissioner for the next legislative term.
Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis said June 6 that the little-known "Three Seas Initiative" is a worthwhile one. The three seas in question are the Baltic, the Adriatic and the Black.
The opposition "Harmony" party saw its support among voters dip appreciably in May, but it remains comfortably the most popular party, according to the monthly data produced by the SKDS polling company.
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.
On 3 June 2019, during the concluding high-level meeting of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in Jūrmala, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Alexander Pankin.
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.
Honor to Serve Rīga (GKR) and Harmony may lose their majority at the Rīga City Council after four deputees refused to vote for the agreed-upon candidate for vice-mayor late at night on May 30.
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.
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.
Another MP, Katrina Sprūde, has decided to leave KPV LV party and faction, following the steps of Linda Liepiņa who did the same Wednesday.
Egils Levits, who was just elected President of Latvia, said he'll go on his first foreign visits to Estonia and Lithuania, he told LTV May 30.
Latvian MP Linda Liepiņa is to leave KPV LV party and parliamentary faction.
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.
The Latvian parliament, the Saeima, chose a new State President May 29 in a special session.
Roberts Putnis, the head of the social democratic Progressives party, is to step down following an unexpectedly bad performance at the European elections.
The council faction of the Honor to Serve Rīga (GKR) party – which, with Harmony, makes up the ruling coalition in Rīga City Council – has put forth deputee Dainis Turlais forth as its candidate for Rīga mayor, reported LTV May 28.
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.
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.
Following the provisional results of the 2019 European Parliament elections, prominent MEPs reflected on the outcome May 27.
With just two days to go before Latvia chooses its next State President, the three contenders for the position were making their cases to be elected on Latvian Radio May 27.
Latvia's Central Election Commission has announced the provisional results of the 2019 European Parliament elections.
The New Unity party of Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš is expected to have won the largest share of the vote in European parliamentary elections in Latvia, according to unofficial data obtained by Latvian Television.