Former politician Solvita Āboltiņa is in line to occupy Latvia's diplomatic palazzo in Rome after her candidacy for the position of ambassador to Italy was supported by the Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee, according to information available to Latvian Television (LTV).
A second member of the Latvian parliament had his parliamentary immunity lifted June 21 as a result of another urgent request from law enforcement.
Economics Minister Arvils Ašeradens became the second government minister in two days to survive a Saeima no-confidence vote June 21.
The Latvian parliament or Saeima on June 20 gave Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) a month to prepare a list of officials responsible for introduction of the flawed green energy subsidy system and the so-called Mandatory Purchase Component (MPC) of electricity bills.
LTV reported June 20 that a closed-door meeting of the Saeima's Mandates, Ethics and Submissions Committee met behind closed doors this morning, with the subject for discussion apparently maverick MP Artuss Kaiminš.
Latvia and Sweden talked June 18 about the gulf that separates them - specifically, the Gulf of Riga and the wider Baltic Sea
On Monday, June 18, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs submitted to the Latvian Embassy in Moscow a list of Latvian citizens for whom entry bans to the Russian Federation have been confirmed, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said June 19.
Latvia's two right-of-center parties, the National Alliance (NA) and the New Conservative Party (JKP) are exchanging blows, with serious yet unproven accusations floated in the media space prior to the October 6 election, reported LTV June 18.
The opposition Saskaņa (Harmony) political party on June 18 named two individuals as its candidates for the jobs of prime minister and - further down the line - president.
Latvia's cabinet on 12 June approved amendments to the Law On International Sanctions and National Sanctions that should close some existing loopholes and clarify how and where sanctions apply.
At the next Saeima elections to be held October 6, the largest number of members of parliament will be elected to Saeima from the Rīga constituency - 35 Saeima members.
On June 6, Marshall Billingslea, the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing at the United States Department of Treasury asked Latvia to resist possible activities of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Iran, reported LTV on the evening of June 7.
The Saeima Public Administration and Local Governments Committee on June 5 rejected the National Alliance’s proposal to allow election campaigning only in the Latvian language.
Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Greens/Farmers) has nominated Māris Skujiņš, a former board member of Latvian Television, for director-general of the State Revenue Service.
The Latvian Medical Association has proposed banning teachers, medics, police and high-ranking officials like the president from smoking in the workplace, reports Latvian Radio June 3.
In the latest example of parties and politicians jockeying for position ahead of October parliamentary elections, a prominent MEP has announced he is switching his allegiance.
The Saskaņa (Harmony) party might make Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, former minister and current head of the Certus think tank, its PM candidate for the upcoming October parliamentary election, it said June 4.
The prime ministers of the three Baltic states and Poland are meeting in Tallinn June 3-5 in the latest of a series of recent get-togethers.
On 26 May 2018, Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, made a working visit to Sweden and took part in a Baltic Day event, “Baltics 100 years” in the Skansen Open-Air Museum in Stockholm, his ministry said in a statement.
On 24 May 2018, the foreign services of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia met for consular consultations in Riga to discuss cooperation on consular issues, Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Latvia won't have a local law ready to enforce the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in time, reported Latvian Radio May 24.
Turbulent times at the Latvian central bank (Latvijas banka, LB) continued May 24 with Saeima rejecting the candidacy of a prominent LB board member for another term in office.
Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis entered the debate over what constitutes the right of free expression May 22, warning that electioneering ahead of a a parliamentary vote on October 6 could descend into propaganda and lies.
Two politicians from opposite ends of Latvia's political spectrum announced their plans with regard to forthcoming parliamentary elections May 21, reported LSM's Latvian language service.
The brewery business partner of Latvia's scandal-prone Agriculture Minister Janis Dūklavs also makes warships for the Russian navy, LTV's De Facto investigative show reported May 20.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, used a visit to the United Nations 18 May 2018 in New York, to call for the deployment of UN-backed peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine.
Riga City Council plans to grant EUR 233,232 to the local Roman Catholic Church as a co-financing to help prepare for the visit of Pope Francis to Latvia in late September this year.