Witold Hussakowski. Sammlung des Lettischen Nationalmuseums.

January 1991

Barricades in Latvia

On 18 November 1918, the People’s Council of Latvia, founded by Latvian political parties, declared the Republic of Latvia de jure. However, actual independence had to be fought for with weapons and there were casualties. The Latvian War of Independence lasted two long years. On 4 May 1990, the Supreme Council of Latvia, elected in the first free elections of the Latvian SSR, declared restoration of the independence of the Republic of Latvia de jure. What followed this time, was nonviolent resistance under the auspices of the newly elected parliament, so as to regain independence de facto. We used no weapons, just our bare hands and the power of the nation’s spirit. There were casualties. The decisive battle came in January 1991.

The European Elections from the Inside

Election Report issued by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung European Office regarding the 2019 European Parliament

The Election Report entitled “European Elections from the Inside” presents the results from the 2019 European Parliament elections from both a European and national perspective. Together with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s other overseas offices, we have compiled a concise overview for each of the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU), which analyses the results in the respective countries against the backdrop of current developments. In doing so, this series of reports therefore makes a significant contribution to enabling a more in-depth understanding of the overall results from the 2019 European elections.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mourns the loss of Helmut Kohl

On the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, writes:

Three documentaries on Latvian television

Flucht, Migration und politisches Exil in Lettland

In cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, three documentary films on the issues of migration and escape in Latvia were produced for Latvian television. All three films were broadcasted in autumn 2016 on public Latvian television.

Difficult Legacies, Risky Futures – The Baltic Perspective on Migration

Dealing with the mass immigration from Northern Africa and from the Middle East is one of the biggest challenges for the European Union. Whether Europe as a whole will be able to deal with this unprecedented in-flux of asylum seekers and migrants is to a large extent the most crucial question for European solidarity.

New government in Latvia

Mehrheit für Koalition der Mitte-Rechts-Parteien ausgebaut

On Thursday, November 5, 2014, the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) with 61 votes in favor and 31 votes against approved the new government led by Laimdota Straujuma and her center-right party Vienotība. Vienotība managed to retain and increase a majority in the Parliament for her of 3 center-right party coalition.

Parliamentary Elections in Latvia

More of the Same, Please

Parliamentary elections in Latvia have always been the central event of the political life. The country has no directly elected president, nor upper chamber, or federal parliaments. It means that the power is concentrated in the 100-seat Saeima, elected directly by the population in almost purely proportional elections with the party list system and a five per cent threshold. This institution is powerful, not to say omnipotent – it elects the State President, confirms the government, adopts the legislation, and controls the executive.

Vides aizsardzības, klimata un enerģijas projektu konkurss

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) izsludina projektu konkursu vides aizsardzības, klimata un enerģijas jomā jauniešiem vecumā no 14 – 27 gadiem. Ikviens jaunietis, jauniešu grupa vai organizācija tiek aicināti iesniegt projekta pieteikumu, nosūtot to pa pastu līdz 2012. gada 31. janvārim.

Forever a Pilot?

Assessing the policy dialogue and project-based cooperation in energy efficiency between the EU and Russia

Cooperation between the EU and Russia in the field of energy efficiency has come underthe spotlight in the past two years. In Europe and Russia alike, enthusiasm and expectationsare rising that energy efficiency will become an area for successful cooperation includingthe EU-Russia Partnership for Modernization and other frameworks for cooperation. Yet,the practicalities of that cooperation can still be characterized as being in the “pilot phase”.

KAS election guide 2010

On October 2, 2010, the citizens of the Republic of Latvia are electing their representatives to the 10th Saeima. The voters have the choice between thirteen parties which were registered at the Central Election Commission by August 3. As the party system in Latvia in general is characterized by a high fluctuation of political parties, the KAS Election Guide 2010 aims to give a broad overview of the Latvian political system as well as of the most important political parties/blocs competing in the 2010 Parliamentary elections.