Misāne could face prosecution in Latvia after all
Latvia's Prosecutor General's office performed what amounted to a U-turn February 18 and announced that it had applied to the courts for an arrest warrant and request for the extradition of Kristīne Misāne from Denmark to Latvia, LSM's Latvian language service reported.
Latvia's President Levits completes whirlwind Munich visit
There was no easing of President Egils Levits' intense schedule over the weekend with the head of state giving his views on a wide range of topics at the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany and numerous fringe events and meetings.
Danish court approves Misāne's continued custody
A Copenhagen court on February 14 ruled that Latvian citizen Kristīne Misāne should remain in custody pending an extradition request in place from South Africa, where she will face charges of kidnapping, document forgery and other charges.
Local deputies to pay the price for lack of Latvian skills
The municipal deputies the State Language Centre invites to improve their state language skills to the necessary level will have to use their own resources, according to the amendments to the Law On the Status of the Deputy of the Republic City Council and Municipality Council passed in Saeima, according to the Parliamentary Press Service on February 13.
Saeima votes to sack Rīga City Council
On Thursday, February 13, the Saeima decided on the final draft of the Riga City Council Dismissal Law which provides for the dismissal of the Riga City Council and the appointment of an interim administration ahead of fresh municipal elections.
Opposition parties lead the way in January ratings
Opposition political parties Harmony (Saskaņa) and the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) were the most popular choices among voters in January, according to the latest poll from Latvian Television and SKDS, though in reality no party was exhibiting much of a surge.
Latvian Defense Minister wades into Danish-South African extradition row
With the Latvian Foreign Ministry and Justice Ministry already deeply involved in negotiations with Denmark over the controversial extradition of a Latvian citizen to South Africa, a minister without any obvious brief to get involved in extradition cases has also charged into the fray.
Danish ambassador summoned to Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On 10 February, Danish Ambassador Flemming Stender was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Secretary of State Andris Pelšs where he was presented with a "démarche" - a diplomatic term used to denote a formal representation of one government's official position, views, or wishes on a given subject to the envoy of another government.
Kariņš in Tallinn to talk with Baltic counterparts and EU Commissioner
Friday, 7 February sees Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas hosting Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis in Tallinn within the framework of the Baltic Council of Ministers.

"The meeting will focus on Rail Baltic and other regional connections, as well as the EU multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027. Also participating in the meeting will be Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources," said an Estonian government press release.

“Estonia coordinates the work of the Baltic Council of Ministers in 2020. One of our priorities is improving connectivity in the region. We will continue to work closely on regional energy and transport projects such as Rail Baltica and the synchronisation of the Baltic electricity grid with the continental system, which will benefit the whole region,” said Prime Minister Jüri Ratas before the meeting.
Dissolution of Rīga City Council edges closer
A quorum was not met for the third Riga City Council meeting in a row February 6, meaning that Saeima now has a legal basis for the dismissal of the council following legal amendments it recently adopted, reported the LETA newswire.
Ģirģens offers alternative park location
Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens (KPV LV) accuses the people behind property development business interests and the political unrest in the Rīga City Council (RD) of propagating the uproar about the plans to build a new State Security Service (VDD) building on the abandoned former Rīga cycle track territory, and hopes that activists will agree to build a square elsewhere, according to Latvian Radio's “Krustpunkts” (“Intersection Point”) broadcast on February 5.
Limbaži district demonstrates against territorial reforms
Using several buses and farming equipment, Limbaži administrative area residents headed to the neighboring Saulkrasti area to protest part of their aria being joined with Saulkrasti as part of the administrative-territorial reforms, according to Latvian Television’s “Panorāma” broadcast on February 5.
Baiba Braže to take up new NATO role
One of Latvia's most popular diplomats is to swap her ambassadorship for a senior role at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), it was announced January 29.