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Clinton Recommends Fewer Business Barriers For Young Latvians

Posted June 28th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says fewer barriers to starting a new business in Latvia will enable more of its young people to engage in economic activity. Secretary Clinton arrived in Riga Latvia Thursday and after meEting with top officials she participated in a town hall meeting at the University of Latvia hosted by […]

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Latvian Voters Reject Russian Language

Posted February 18th, 2012 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Preliminary results show that Latvian voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to make Russian a second official language in their country. About a third of the Baltic country’s 2 million people consider Russian as their first language and have fought to make it official along with Latvian. On Saturday, voters cast ballots to accept or […]

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Latvians Vote ‘Da’ or ‘Nyet’ on Russian

Posted February 18th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Latvians are heading to the polls and are expected to reject a referendum that would make Russian the country’s second official language. The question has triggered a heated debate between the small Baltic state’s large ethnic Russian and Latvian populations. Many ethnic Latvians say that the Moscow-backed referendum is an attempt to weaken Latvia’s sovereignty […]

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Ethnic Russians Protest as Latvia’s Parliament Convenes

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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At least 2,000 supporters protested as Latvia’s new Parliament convened Monday, after their pro-Russian Harmony Center party was excluded from power in the new governing coalition. The protestors blew horns, banged drums and waved banners decrying ethnic discrimination to voice their frustration over being shut out of the coalition government. The center-left Harmony Center party […]

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Pro-Russian Party Wins Latvia’s Election

Posted September 17th, 2011 at 10:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A pro-Russian party won Latvia’s early election Saturday but fell short of the absolute majority needed to take power in the Baltic state. With most of the votes counted early Sunday, the Harmony Center captured about 30 percent of the vote. Since 1991, when Latvia regained its independence after the break-up of the Soviet Union, […]

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Latvians Vote In Early Parliamentary Elections

Posted September 17th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Latvians voted Saturday in early parliamentary elections that will decide whether the ruling center right party stays in power in the tiny Baltic state. Media reports said voter turnout has been lower than in the country’s general election in October. An exit poll is expected to be issued late Saturday. Recent opinion polls showed the […]

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Latvians Vote In Early Elections Saturday

Posted September 17th, 2011 at 12:06 am (UTC-5)
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Latvians are voting Saturday in early parliamentary elections that will decide whether the ruling center right party stays in power in the tiny Baltic state. Recent opinion polls show the center left leaning, pro-Russian Harmony Center party ahead of the ruling business backed Unity party and anti-corruption Reform party. However, no party is expected to […]

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Latvians Vote to Dissolve Parliament

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Latvians have overwhelmingly voted to dismiss parliament in an unprecedented referendum aimed at ending corruption and what is widely considered a culture of graft between government and business leaders. The Central Election Commission said Saturday initial results show nearly 95 percent of those who voted support the legislature’s dissolution. Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis said he […]

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Latvian President Fails to Win Re-election Bid

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A lawmaker and former banker has won Latvia’s presidential election, defeating incumbent Valdis Zatlers who days before had called for the dissolution of parliament. Andris Berzins won the second round of voting Thursday with a simple majority of 53 votes in the 100-seat parliament. The first round of voting failed to produce a winner. The […]

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