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February 26, 2009

Valdis Dombrovskis appointed a new Prime Minister

One week after the withdrawal of Ivars Godmanis, the deputy of the European Parliament, Valdis Dombrovskis, has been appointed by President Zatlers to be the next Prime Minister. In his address to the media following the nomination, Dombroviskis announced his intention to build an efficient government. Beforehand he still has to be accepted by the parliament. At the moment a coalition of the New Era, the People’s Party, the Greens and Farmers Union as well as the Civic Union is most probable.

February 20, 2009

Latvian Prime Minister Ivans Godmanis has resigned from the office

Long lasting conflict about the government policy during the economic and finance crisis has driven the country at the threshold of state bankruptcy. After winning the confidence vote on the 2nd of February, the coalition parties, however, have not follow through with the government restructuring plan. The President Zatlers has already accepted the resignation of the Prime Minister. Consultations with other political parties should start on Monday.

February 15, 2009

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Jaunais Laiks have inaugurated the Academy for Local Politics

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and its political partner Jaunais Laiks (New Era) opened on last Saturday the first Academy for Local Politics in Latvia. The project aims at training the political personnel and the candidates for oncoming municipal elections in the field of “Basics of the Christian Democracy”, “Rhetoric” and “Municipal election law” within three seminars.

January 20, 2009

Latvian-Lithuanian delegation congratulates Roland Koch on his election success

The KAS invited a delegation of young political leaders from Latvia and Lithuania to Hessen to observe the end of the election campaign to the Landtag. Along with the meeting with the “Euro Minister” Volker Hoff the guests participated in the street election campaign in Giessen and Wiesbaden. The highlight of this 5-day-visit was the election party in the Landtag, whereby the delegates could personally congratulate Roland Koch on his election victory.

January 13, 2009

Riots during the protest rally against the government

The opposition and the Federation of Trade Unions managed to mobilize 10 000 people to voice their disappointment towards the government’s policy. In the evening however the peaceful demonstration turned to riots between the police and youths. In the wake of the demonstration several hundred youths went on a rampage, attempting to force their way into the parliament building and destroying nearby property.

December 9, 2008

Book Presentation

Christian-Jewish Dialogue

The German-pastor of the evangelical community in Latvia, Dr. Martin Grahl, describes and urges the dialogue between Jews and Christians. He writes about how the two religions meet and what effects thus unfold. The booklet, published in Latvian and Russian, promotes the Christian-Jewish dialogue in Latvia and encourages the cognition, that both confessions have a common formative force to the history and traditions of Europe. You can obtain the book for 5 Euro at the office of the KAS in Riga.

November 17, 2008

News Flash

Minister of State ret. Anton Pfeifer visits Latvia and Lithuania for political discussions

The deputy chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), minister of state ret. Anton Pfeifer, visits Riga and Vilnius from November 17 until November 21. During his stay in Riga he takes part in the celebrations of Latvia's 90th Anniversary. He also meets with representatives of the KAS's partner parties in Latvia and Lithuania to get a picture of the current political situation and the Foundation's field work.

November 14, 2008

Latvia celebrates the 90th Anniversary of its independence

With a week full of festivities and parades Latvia celebrates its 90th Anniversary of independence. After the October Revolution in Russia in 1917 and the defeat of the German Empire at the end of the 1st World War the Latvian polticians and intelellectuals took advantage of the hour to assamble in a provisional legislating assembly at the National Theater in Riga on 17/18. November 1918 to proclaim the independence of Latvia,which the Latvians defended until 1939-40.

October 20, 2008

News Flash

People's Party elects a new chairman

Last weekend, the Latvian People's Party (Tautas Party) nominated on its 11th Party Congress the 38 years old Interior Minister Mareks Segliņš to its new chairman. The last year resigned Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis has not run for the chairman candidate. With the party slogan "Security. Economy. Latvia." Segliņš conjured the unity of the Party and the strength of Latvia in a time of internal and external insecurity.

August 13, 2008

News Flash

Baltic and Polands state- and government heads present a peace plan for Georgia

The state presidents of Lithuania, Estonia and Poland as well as the prime minister of Latvia Ivars Godmanis signed a collective decleration for ending the conflict in Goergia while their visit in Tiflis. There they claim among other things an immediate armistice as well as the reconstruction of the georgian territorial integrity. For saving the georgian borders in future, there should be opened a NATO perspective over the Membership Action plan.