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In a day of frenzied activity to address problems in Latvia's banking sector April 26, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis issued a decree that he hopes will help "restore the international reputation of Latvia's banking sector," currently tarnished by a large amount of evidence the country has acted as a major ...
The Slovak soldiers will operate at the Ādaži training camp in Latvia, with the option to be deployed also to Lithuania, Estonia and Poland. The presence of Slovak troops in the Baltic states, as part of two six-month rotations, will cost Slovakia around €10 million. “I'd like to emphasise that partly by deploying ...

Riga's Victory Park has a glorious name but, as Latvian photographer Arnis Balcus explains, "a complex history". “One could easily say there's nothing to photograph there, because it's just like any other park,” says Latvian photographer Arnis Balcus of Victory Park. Situated in Latvia's capital Riga, Victory ...
Up to 152 members of the Slovak armed forces will be deployed to Latvia on July 1. They will be part of NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence to defend the Alliance's eastern border. By sending the soldiers to the Baltic states, Slovakia confirms its position within NATO as being its trusted, active and ...
Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff said the vigil in Riga is part of a recent development in the Baltic states of Lithuania and Latvia. In Lithuania, he said, “we are seeing the first signs of acceptance of the Jews murdered in the Holocaust as an integral part of Lithuanian society and acknowledgement of the highly ...
Gaponenko, who advocates the preservation of Russian-language secondary school education in Latvia, was detained in the country on Friday. According to the Latvian law enforcement agencies, Gaponenko's detention was conducted as part of a criminal case opened against him on April 4 in connection ...

Riga, April 25, (Xinhua) -- The 15th "Chinese Bridge" competition, a contest for foreign students on their Chinese proficiency, concluded Tuesday at the University of Latvia with a record number of contestants. With 68 contestants, the competition was divided into three groups -- adult group, secondary ...
The tiny Eastern European country of Latvia, which has only about two million inhabitants, is in the news again, this time, because of its central bank governor, Ilmārs Rimšēvičs. At The Real News, we covered Latvia's economic situation about two months ago, because a few years ago, Latvia was a poster ...
In comparison to last year, Latvia's press freedom rating has, however, dropped slightly to 19.63 from 18.62 in 2017. The reason for this is attributed to the following reasons, noted by RSF: "The press freedom situation in Latvia is not as favorable as in neighboring Estonia, and has continued to worsen with ...
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will carry out an audit of Latvia's finance authorities, the Financial and Capital Markets Commission (FKTK) and the Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity (FIU), reports Latvian Radio April 25.
The owners of the vessel maintain they were fishing legally and within the bounds of European Union agreements with Norway. However, Latvia's complaint is with the European Commission rather than Norway as the government believes the Commission has not protected the interests of a member state ...
Aija Lulle: People are still leaving Latvia. Statistically speaking, it's about, or less than 20,000 people. Of course, emigration decreased steeply following the economic crisis. And it seems that there are not many people left in Latvia who could leave. The vast majority have already left, and a small part of ...
The Latvian Infectious Diseases Center of Riga Eastern Hospital has reported this season's first tick carrying the tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) virus, the hospital's spokeswoman Aija Lietina told LETA. Altogether, 72 ticks have been tested in the Infectious Diseases Center's lab this year, 52 of which had ...
RIGA, Latvia — The governor of Latvia's central bank, a pillar of Europe's financial system for years and a zealous champion of austerity, has long been lambasted by his critics as a heartless enforcer of economic dogma. In a play that recently ended a long run at the National Theater, his character is ...
RIGA – Russia again plans to perform missile tests over Latvia's exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea, said Latvian Defense Ministry spokesman, Kaspars Galkins. Russia has notified the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency that Russian Naval Force plans to perform missile tests over Latvia's exclusive ...
The Baltic nation of Latvia has recently witnessed a rise in crypto activity, prompting the government to consider taxing cryptocurrency transactions. The Latvian government's intention to introduce taxation on digital currency transactions is a way to cash in on the crypto craze, as other European ...
The eight participants of the 2nd International Photography Symposium represent five different countries: Dionysis Livanis (Great Britain), Anita Gratzer (Austria), Robert Atwater (USA), Juris Kmins (Latvia), Dace Voitkeviča (Latvia), Linda Lazdiņa (Latvia), Vilnis Auziņš (Latvia), Algimantas Aleksandravičius ...

''Russia's Chief Air Traffic Control Center has informed the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency that the Russian Navy has reserved airspace from April 17 to 19, and plans to perform test missile launches in airspace above the exclusive economic zone of Latvia in the Baltic Sea on April 19, from 11:00 to 23:00," ...
"Latvia offers its deepest condolences to Algeria on the crash of a military aircraft that took the lives of at least 257 people – Algerian military personnel, their families, and crew members. The crash occurred shortly after takeoff from a military base in Boufarik, not far from the nation's capital, Algiers.".
Baltic honorary consuls came together for a centennial celebration in March. Left to right: Kevin Casebier, Honorary Consul of Latvia; Alrene Barr, director fo international affairs at the Atlanta airport; Aadu Allpere, Honorary Consul of Estonia; Roma Klicius, Honorary Consul of Lithuania and John Saunders, ...
Is it Baltic or Balkan? I get asked this question almost every time I mention Latvia. Not many people have heard of the Baltic country or know where it is, but it is Latvia's centennial this year and there is much to explore in this undiscovered gem of northern Europe. When I arrive in late August, as warm sunny ...
Lots of countries have two or more official languages: Canada (two), Belgium (three), Switzerland (four), South Africa (11), India (23), and so on. They all have trouble balancing the competing demands of the various language groups. But Latvia has only one official language, and it has a bigger problem ...
When President Donald Trump hosts the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia at the White House on Tuesday, the principal topic will be the growing spectre of Russian aggression against NATO allies in Eastern Europe. Another national security concern, however, is likely to cast a shadow over U.S. ...
RIGA (Sputnik) - The Latvian Foreign Ministry has instructed the country's representatives to inform NATO and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) of Russia's planned missile tests over the Baltic Sea, Gints Jegermanis, the head of the ministry's Communications Directorate, ...
RIGA, March 31. /TASS/. All-Latvia parents' meeting in Riga attracted over 900 participants who disagree with transferring national minorities schools to teaching in Latvian, a representative of the Russian School Protection Headquarters movement Andrey Tolmachev told TASS on Saturday. "People of ...
RIGA - Violations of the fire safety rules, mainly related to maintenance of evacuation routes and emergency exits, have been discovered in 18 shopping centers and other public buildings in Latvia which were checked by the State Fire and Rescue Service in the wake of the recent tragic fire in a shopping ...
RIGA - The Main Air Traffic Management Center of Russia has informed Latvia that the Russian Navy will be performing missile tests over Latvia's exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea from April 4 to 6, LETA was told at the Latvian Defense Ministry. The missile tests will take place on the ...
The Guardian has learned that talks with Trump's company were abandoned after Krutoy and another of the businessmen were questioned by Latvian authorities as part of a major criminal inquiry there – and that the FBI later looked into Trump's interactions with them at Latvia's request. Those involved ...
"Russia's Chief Air Traffic Control Center has informed the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency that the Russian Navy plans to conduct missile launches from 06:00 to 18:00 April 4 to 6 in the airspace above Latvia's exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea," the ministry said. The Russian side has called on the ...
Prior to 2013, there were few foreign students in Latvia to speak of. However, the number is booming since after the crisis, reflecting the global tendencies. In 2013, the number of students studying abroad grew to more than 4 million globally. While the total number of students has decreased within the last ...
Flu intensity has started receding in Latvia and dropped 5.6 percent last week to 293 flu cases per 100,000 population. Nevertheless, new flu cases were reported in all ten largest cities in Latvia monitored by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control last week. The highest flu intensity was observed in ...
“The bill in its new edition contradicts not only the Latvian constitution, but also Latvia-related international documents, such as the Council of Europe's framework convention on protection of minorities, that was adopted and ratified by the Latvian parliament in 2005,” stated Harmony's letter, as quoted by ...
"Latvia, together with a number of other EU member states, will support the United Kingdom and decide on the expulsion of Russian secret service employees working under diplomatic cover. The concrete details will be coordinated [with other EU countries], and it could take place next week," Rinkevics told ...
Meanwhile the office of Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis relased a statement saying "Latvia categorically condemns the attack on March 4th in Salisbury, Great Britain. Latvia shares solidarity with Britain in this challenge to our common security and is ready to provide Britain with the necessary support both ...
According to the ALCB's estimates, 90% of Latvian clients are serviced by the four biggest banks in Latvia (Swedbank, SEB, Luminor, Citadele Bank), and so changes in what constitutes an acceptable business model would affect "only a fraction of the banking sector", even though ten banks in total would ...
"He wondered whether he could take Latvia's wealth of folk song and the love of folk song singing and he could help turn that into a choral tradition.” So, Ķeniņš says Cimze did just that — and in 1873, before Latvia was even officially a country, Latvians organized their first song festival. “It became a great ...
The conference in the balmy French Riviera features speakers such as former Ambassador of France to Latvia, Michel Foucher, the Ambassador of Latvia to France Imants Lieģis, and Dr. hist., Baltic expert Julien Gueslin. Miķelis Valters (1874-1968) was born in a working-class family in Liepāja, which was ...
The research used data over the number of texts sent and calls made via LMT cell towers across Latvia and compared activity between weekdays and weekends. Gundars Bērziņš, one of the researchers involved, told Latvian Radio that the data can be acquired quickly - with a week's delay - and that it ...
... the claims, made by Celeste Wallander, Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director for Russia/Eurasia on the National Security Council from 2013-2017. Russia has so far not commented the claims, and the Russian Embassy in Latvia did not answer LTV's requests for clarification.
Latvia awarded Lockheed a contract in 2015 to supply three TPS-77s for aircraft surveillance operations. The radar systems will work to boost the Latvian air force's flight surveillance and identification capacity to optimize early warning and situational awareness. TPS-77 is the newest offering in Lockheed's ...
"Latvia is ready to provide its allies with the necessary support and work to ensure that the EU and NATO agree on joint action in this matter. Those who planned and carried out an attack on NATO territory should receive an adequate and rigorous response. Latvia supports Britain's efforts to investigate the ...
It is fair to say that the banking sector in Latvia is now being closely scrutinised in a manner that it has not experienced in recent times. The latter half of February in particular witnessed a series of major incidents being reported that have severely dented confidence in the diminutive Baltic nation's banking ...
THE Rotary Club of Petaling Jaya celebrated the 100th anniversary of The Republic of Latvia at its International Night held in conjunction with Rotary's World Understanding Month. The event at Dorsett Grand Subang in Subang Jaya, was launched by Latvian ambassa-dor Peteris Vaivars, who flew in for ...
But with Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola saying the non-resident banks will have to change their business models, and continuing pressure from the U.S. authorities for Latvia's banks to clean up their acts, speculation is inevitably rife as to which of them might be next to face a crisis. Therefore with ...
For those Canadian soldiers currently based in Latvia, this coming March 16 should prove to be an interesting distraction. It is on this date that the Latvians parade through the streets of Riga to commemorate their veterans of the Second World War. So far so good, as honouring fallen warriors is something ...
Earlier this week, Latvia's defense ministry said the corruption allegations that led to the detention of the country's central bank governor could be part of a "massive information operation" from an outside source. The scandals engulfing Latvia's banking system have come as a shock to a country that has ...
People often assume that Latvia has two completely separate, self-sufficient information spaces: one for Latvian speakers and the other for Russian speakers. While this is largely true for traditional media, a recent study of international news by Latvia's Center for East European Policy Studies (CEEPS) ...
International projects see some children, who have been removed from their families, go on trips to the US twice a year. During this time, for about a month, they stay in host families. The program has come under criticism, and the Welfare Ministry wants to raise the minimum age for foreign stay to twelve.
Latvia plans to spend EUR234 million (USD288 million) of its EUR576.34 defence budget for 2018 on procurement, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced on its website. The 2018 defence budget is EUR126.8 million higher than in 2017, according to the ministry. It gives a breakdown of 43% on ...
ABLV's troubles have dealt another blow to Latvia's banking system and reputation following recent allegations of bribery made against the governor of the Baltic nation's central bank, Ilmārs Rimšēvičs. That case is unrelated to ABLV, as Latvia's Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola insisted to POLITICO ...


 

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