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Merkel sets limits to Nato solidarity with Baltic states

19.08.14 @ 09:21

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said Nato will defend Baltic states if need be, but will not build permanent military bases in the region. She spoke on Monday (18 August) on a visit to Riga in which she also laid a ...

Post EU ElectionsUkraine crisis and euro biggest factors in Latvian EU vote

05.05.14 @ 09:05

Walking through Rīga these days, you can spot several small signs that show the euro is something new in Latvia. Prices in shops and cafés are uneven, cashiers take a little longer to count the change and price tags ...

Interview'Baltic candidate' challenges Juncker for EU top job

17.02.14 @ 09:21

Conservative parties in the three Baltic states are supporting former Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis to take the pole position for the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) in the EU elections. Speaking ...

Latvia heralds 'big opportunity' as it joins eurozone

02.01.14 @ 19:56

Latvia became the 18th country to join the eurozone on Tuesday (1 January). Joining the currency is "a big opportunity for Latvia's economic development," Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis said as he became the first ...

Latvia fines bank over Magnitsky money laundering

20.06.13 @ 09:28

Latvia's Financial and Capital Market Commission on Tuesday (18 June) said it has imposed a fine of 100,000 lats (€142,543) - the maximum fine under Latvian law - on a bank involved in laundering over €170 million ...

EU commission says Yes to Latvia euro entry

05.06.13 @ 16:57

Latvia is set to become the 18th member of the eurozone after the European Commission gave its application the green light on Wednesday (5 June). "Latvia douze points is my message to Riga," Olli Rehn, the bloc's ...

Latvia submits bid to join euro in 2014

06.03.13 @ 09:26

The Latvian government on Tuesday (5 March) officially submitted a request for the EU commission to assess its readiness to join the euro on 1 January 2014, despite public opposition to the move. "Latvia's decision to ...

Euro membership is 'guiding light' for Latvia reform

26.02.13 @ 20:13

The euro has been "a guiding light" for economic reform, Latvia's central bank governor told MEPs on Tuesday (26 February) Speaking at a hearing with MEPs on the European Parliament's Economic committee, Ilmars ...

AgendaEastern Europe on this WEEK's agenda

22.02.13 @ 18:54

Eastern Europe dominates this week's agenda (25 February - 3 March) as EU leaders hope to pave the way for a “historic breakthrough” with Ukraine, while Latvia lays out its plans to join the euro. Ukrainian President ...

Polish leader cautious on euro entry

20.02.13 @ 10:06

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Tuesday (19 February) said his country will only join the euro once it is "100 percent ready," with 2017 said to be the date the government is aiming for. Addressing the national ...

Latvia presses ahead with 2014 euro bid

01.02.13 @ 09:28

Latvia has moved a step closer to joining the euro after its national parliament backed two laws paving the way for the Baltic country to become the 18th member of the single currency. Latvia‘s parliament, the Saeima, ...

InterviewLatvia on track to join euro in 2014, PM says

22.10.12 @ 08:54

The first EU country to get a bailout and to implement harsh austerity measures, Latvia is now the bloc's fastest-growing economy and is poised to join the eurozone in 2014 - proof that spending cuts work, its Prime ...

FocusMEPs condemn homophobia in eastern Europe

24.05.12 @ 17:38

MEPs from across the political spectrum have criticised EU member states Lithuania, Latvia and Hungary, as well as neighbouring Russia, Ukraine and Moldova over an upsurge in homophobia. "The European Parliament ...

Latvia vote poses question on Russian as EU language

15.02.12 @ 09:49

A referendum on making Russian an official language in Latvia has raised a faint possibility of it also becoming an official language of the EU. The country's Central Election Commission (CEC) itself predicts the poll, ...

FocusDisabled people live in 'terror' of the future

15.11.11 @ 17:05

Already at the margins of society by virtue of casual discrimination, disabled people are often among the worst hit by the waves of austerity measures being put in place right across the European Union. As governments ...

Latvia aiming to join eurozone in 2014

15.09.11 @ 17:18

After being one of the first EU countries in need of a bail-out in 2008, Latvia is slowly recovering and aiming to join the eurozone on 1 January 2014, despite current problems in the single currency area, the country's ...

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