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The speech that Angela Merkel did not make

Latvia is among all the countries in Eastern Europe watching with trepidation as Russian aggression unfolds in Ukraine. When Putin annexed the Crimea, and sent his forces into Ukraine, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel might have at any stage, but did not, give this speech:

“In late De...

Latvia’s Tensions With Russians at Home Persist in Shadow of Ukraine Conflict

A persistent rift between Latvians and ethnic Russians who live there as residents, but not as citizens, continues to be divisive in ...

Latvian Parliamentary Elections in the Shadow of Ukraine

Latvia’s 12th Saeima (Parliamentary) elections this October 4 will take place in the shadow of continuing conflict in Ukraine and an atmosphere of great uncertainty.

The last few elections have resulted in various coalitions of centre-right and conservative parties, but dominated by the...

Par ĀM jauno speciālo uzdevumu vēstnieku diasporas jautājumos kļuvis Pēteris Kārlis Elferts

Par Ārlietu ministrijas (ĀM) jauno speciālo uzdevumu vēstnieku diasporas jautājumos kļuvis diplomāts Pēteris Kārlis Elferts, kurš līdz šim bijis Saeimas priekšsēdētājas Solvitas Āboltiņas ārlietu padomnieks, savukārt pirms tam – Latvijas ārkārtējais un pilnvarotais vēstni...

New release by legendary rock group Jumprava

Famed Latvian synth rock outfit Jumprava, who, having been performing off and on for 30 years, are one of Latvia’s most venerable groups. Though their zenith of popularity was in the early 1990s, they have been one of the most consistent ensembles throughout their decades of activity. Jumprava...

Women’s choir Balta records first solo CD

It seems choir music could never be forgotten in Latvia, as choir music, along with folk dancing, enjoys its peak of popularity every five years at the Latvian Song Festival, the last of which was in 2013. Besides bringing together more than 10,000 singers onto one stage, the entire year is sp...