Politics
President Levits discusses Belarus situation
Latvian President Egils Levits on August 13 met with organisers of a civic protest in support of Belarusian people that took place in Riga yesterday. During the meeting in the Riga Castle, President Levits thanked Lolita Čigāne, Sandra Kalniete, Inese Vaivare, Kristīne Želve, Andris Gobiņš, Mārtiņš Vaivars and Selma Levrence for their active stance in support of free and democratic Belarus.
Political parties talk greener Riga
A green city includes the state and quality of parks, greenery, pollution control, nature entertainment sites, air quality, and other aspects. Ahead of the extraordinary Riga City elections, political parties mention city environment in their programs, Latvian Television said August 11.
Pre-election campaign materials on the loose in Riga
Ahead of the Riga City Council's emergency elections, various political forces and candidates are increasingly active - but the pre-election campaign materials do not always end up where intended, Latvian Radio said August 11.
Prime Minister: anti-corruption council to be created
In order to reinforce the rule of law and combat corruption in Latvia, a special Council chaired by the Prime Minister will be set up, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told Latvian Radio August 10.
President Levits suggests OSCE assessment of Belarus election
Latvian President Egils Levits issued a statement August 10 expressing hope that the Organization for Security and Economic Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) might be able to intervene to improve the situation in Belarus after President Alexader Lukashenko launched violent suppression of protests against an unbelievable election landslide in his favor.
Saeima committee demands more from government's minimum income plans
Government proposals for the revision of the minimum income level in Latvia are more reminiscent of accounting calculations than real innovations in social protection according to deputies on the Social and Labor Affairs Committee of the Saeima on Tuesday, August 4, after examining the Ministry of Welfare's ideas for raising the guaranteed minimum income (GMI) level.  
Political parties talk Riga streets and bridges
Over the recent years, Riga streets have caused a lot of discussion regarding potholes and bumps. Ahead of Riga City Council extraordinary elections, political parties have made promises to improve the city's infrastructure, Latvian Television said August 6.
Finland, Estonia, Poland to help mark centenary of Latvian-Russian peace treaty
On 11 August 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Urmas Reinsalu; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Pekka Haavisto; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, will arrive in Riga in response to an invitation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, and take part in events to mark the centenary of signing the Treaty of Peace between Latvia and Russia, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said August 5. 
Political parties talk real estate tax
News of the coming rise in cadastral values has upset many, as it also means a rise in real estate tax. New apartments in Riga are one of the categories for which the cadastral value will grow the most in 2022. As a result, several parties are promising various tax incentives in advance of the Riga City Council emergency elections, Latvian Television reported August 3.
Political parties talk public transport in Riga
In the face of Riga City Council extraordinary elections at the end of August, political parties spoke their mind about public transportation in Riga. Parties promised both new discounts and varied route opportunities, Latvian Television reported July 30.
Latvia rebuts latest Russian historical revisionism
Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement July 24 drawing attention, not for the first time, to attempts to rewrite history by the Russian Federation. It appears to be in response to recent claims by the Russian Foreign Ministry and Russian embassies in the Baltic states that the occupation of the Baltic states in 1940 and subsequent decades was all done in accordance with international law -- a claim that few, if any, credible historians would support.
Saeima supports visa revocation for quarantine violations
If a foreigner in Latvia has violated the rules of isolation, self-isolation or quarantine, he or she will be subject to the revocation of a temporary residence permit or a visa. These measures, previously agreed by the government, were supported by Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, in a first reading July 21.
15 parties to run in Rīga elections
On Monday, July 20, the announcement of the lists of candidates for the emergency elections of Rīga City Council was completed. In total, 15 political forces will participate in the elections, Latvian Radio reported July 20.
Baltic and German Foreign Ministers meet in Tallinn
On 20 July 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the annual meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic States and Germany in a “3+1” format, along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Urmas Reinsalu; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius; and the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas.
President Levits: Too many of us are drowning
Latvian President Egils Levits attended a water safety workshop for children July 17, using the opportunity to call for greater awareness of the dangers associated with water. Dozens of lives are lost each year in Latvia's lakes, rivers and sea, most of them clearly preventable.
Ambassador: chance for Latvian entrepreneurs in UK market
Despite the COVID-19 crisis it remains a favorable time for Latvian entrepreneurs in the British market, said Ivita Burmistre, new Latvian ambassador to the former European Union member state the United Kingdom, in an interview to Latvian Radio on July 16.
President voices support for Taxpayers' Charter idea
On July 14 President of Latvia Egils Levits hosted public officials and experts of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and State Revenue Service (SRS) at the Riga Castle. Meeting focused on protection of taxpayers’ rights and a special charter providing such protection.
Hopes for Latvian embassy in Australia next year
One of the priorities of the Foreign Ministry next year is the opening of an embassy in Australia. The ministry has requested funds in next year's budget to make it possible, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs told Latvian Television on July 14.