- August 25, 2014
With fears of Moscow growing after its intervention in Ukraine, NATO member states in Eastern Europe would like NATO to direct a planned missile-defense system against Russia as well. The calls have divided the military alliance. more... [ Comment ]
- July 07, 2014
When Moscow-backed troops appeared in Crimea earlier this year, the media dubbed them the "Little Green Men." Now NATO members should ask themselves how they will respond if the soldiers begin appearing in Estonia and Latvia too. more... [ Comment ]
- October 08, 2013
Hundreds of poverty-stricken refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean, while at the same time, many European Union member states issue residence permits to wealthy Chinese, Arabs and Russians. Anyone is welcome who can pay the asking price. more... [ Comment ]
- July 11, 2013
Latvia will become the common currency area's newest member in January 2014 -- the same time that new tax laws go into effect allowing the country to compete with the likes of Cyprus and Malta. This could further destabilize the European economy. more... [ Comment ]
- June 29, 2013
Just a few years ago, Latvia was on the edge of bankruptcy. Now, it's poised to join the euro zone in 2014. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis explains why austerity turned the country's economic fortunes around and insists Latvia is not becoming a tax haven. more... [ Comment ]
- April 28, 2011
On May 1, Germany and Austria will open up their labor markets to citizens of the Eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004 -- seven years after most other EU members let them in. But Berlin's protectionist fears have only hurt the German economy, as the country will struggle to attract enough skilled workers. more... [ Comment ]
- December 07, 2010
The South Ossetia war in August 2008 made the Baltic states worry about the prospect of a Russian attack. The diplomatic cables reveal how Baltic politicians persuaded NATO to prepare a new strategy to defend their countries. The plan was supposed to be kept secret to avoid irritating Russia. more...
- June 01, 2009
Latvians may be feeling depressed as a result of the economic crisis which has hammered the Baltic state, but over 500 blonde women did their best to lift spirits in Riga on Sunday with a parade and other "Blonde Weekend" events. more...
- March 17, 2009
Latvian veterans of Hitler's Waffen SS marched through Riga on Monday, defying a ban by officials. The annual march divides the country. Latvians of Russian descent regard it as an insult, but many others honor the fighters for resisting Soviet occupation. more...
- March 03, 2009
Until recently, it was regarded as an economic success story. Now, Latvia could be on the "brink of bankruptcy." more...