Latvia

Biden’s blank check to the Baltic states: US will wage war on Russia in your defense

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2016

Vice President Biden said Washington’s commitment to militarily defend the tiny states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia was a matter of America’s “sacred honor.”

Atlantic Council proposes to develop Poland as a stronghold for war with Russia

By Clara Weiss, 10 August 2016

The American think tank has published a 25-page strategy paper titled “Arming for Deterrence” calling for a massive NATO military build-up against Russia.

NATO orders four additional battalions to Russian border

By Thomas Gaist, 14 June 2016

The deployments are among the most provocative actions taken by the NATO high command in the course of its anti-Russian buildup, now well into its second year.

Latvian Greens and neo-fascists in coalition

By Markus Salzmann, 28 January 2016

Maris Kucinskis of the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) is poised to head a new governing coalition in Latvia.

Latvian government resigns under pressure from pro-austerity right

By Markus Salzmann, 11 December 2015

Sections of the Latvian elite and the European Union regard Unity leader Straujuma as incapable of enforcing another round of massive cuts.

Latvia’s new government promotes austerity policies and war propaganda

By Markus Salzmann, 19 November 2014

In her acceptance speech, Laimdota Straujuma praised the austerity measures imposed in Latvia since 2009.

Right-wing governing coalition wins parliamentary elections in Latvia

By Markus Salzmann, 10 October 2014

Laimdota Straujuma’s declared goals are a continuation of severe austerity measures and an intensification of the confrontation with Russia.

Latvian Prime Minister Dombrovskis resigns

By Markus Salzmann, 18 December 2013

The prime minister’s resignation was likely a political manoeuvre, using the supermarket collapse tragedy in Riga as a pretext to make way for a more stable government.

Latvia: At least 54 dead in supermarket collapse

By Markus Salzmann, 25 November 2013

There are indications that corruption and spending cuts are among the causes of the collapse of the two-year-old building.

The consequences of austerity in Latvia

By Markus Salzmann, 18 October 2012

In the midst of deepening social distress, Latvia has been praised by numerous institutions and the media as a role model for the success of austerity policies.

Former Nazi soldier appointed to Latvian parliamentary committee

By Markus Salzmann, 20 November 2010

A former member of the National Socialist Waffen SS has been elected chairman of a parliamentary committee of the Latvian government.

Elections in Latvia—austerity course to be continued

By Markus Salzmann, 2 October 2010

The elections in Latvia this weekend take place against the background of a deep economic, political and social crisis.

Twenty years since declaring independence from the USSR

Austerity in Latvia: a warning to the international working class

By Niall Green, 4 May 2010

Twenty years after declaring independence from the USSR, the Latvian government is carrying out savage austerity measures in collusion with international financial elite and their representatives in the IMF, the European Union, and the government in Riga.

Deepening economic crisis in eastern Europe

By Markus Salzmann, 27 November 2009

Recent reports indicate that the economies of many central and eastern European states are headed for new shocks.

Latvian government resigns as crisis deepens in Eastern Europe

By Markus Salzmann, 25 February 2009

Latvia’s centre-right government resigned last Friday, against the background of a worsening economic crisis.

Latvia rocked by protests

By Stefan Steinberg, 16 January 2009

On January 13, Riga, the capital of the Baltic state of Latvia, was rocked by protests and demonstrations which left around 25 people injured following clashes with police. Police made an estimated 106 arrests.

Latvia bailed out by IMF and European Union

By Niall Green, 7 January 2009

On December 23 the International Monetary Fund approved a €1.68 billion (US$2.35 billion) rescue loan for the ex-Soviet republic of Latvia, as part of a €7.5 billion (US$10.5 billion) bailout.

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7 November 2008

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