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Kalniete: there are no guarantees the coalition will reach an agreement on presidential candidate

There are no guarantees that parties of the ruling coalition will manage to reach an agreement in regard to the next presidential candidate, and this is something Unity understands well, said MEP Santra Kalniete in her interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV.

Ukrainian pilot in Moscow stops hunger strike after 83 days

Ukrainian air force pilot Nadia Savchenko, who is awaiting trial in Moscow, has said she has stopped her hunger strike after 83 days.

Passenger caught for attempted bribing of police in Zemgale

Over the course of the first three months, 25 drivers have been caught by the police in Zemgale for attempted bribing.

Ushakov: Harmony may play a decisive role in presidential elections

Harmony’s role in presidential election could turn out decisive. Because we realize the weight of responsibility, selection of the next President of Latvia will play a major role in how Latvia will develop in the near future, notes Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov.

Meteorologists: Sunday will be unusually warm

Weather conditions will likely change this Friday, March 6th, as a mass of warm air will enter Latvia from the west, which will bring along with it a substantial cloud and precipitation zone.

ECB forecasts faster economic growth for eurozone

The European Central Bank on Thursday, March 5, changed its eurozone growth forecast for the year 2015, raising it from 1% to 1,5%.

Aboltina doubts Kalniete would gain much support from the coalition

Unity leader Solvita Aboltina doubts that MEP Sandra Kalniete would gain the majority of votes from the ruling coalition as presidential candidate.

Additional funding allocated for Ukrainian schoolchildren in Lithuania

The government of Lithuania, on Wednesday, March 4, allocated 80 thousand euros for Ukrainian schoolchildren that are taking their classes in Lithuania.

Coalition: political allegiance will not be the main criterion when selecting the president

Whether or not a candidate belongs to a certain party or not will not be the main criterion in the selection of the next President of Latvia, as noted by leaders of the ruling Saeima coalition.

Increase in retail sales strengthens eurozone economy

January has been the fourth month in a row when growth in retail sales has been registered in eurozone as a whole, indicating a positive turn in the recently slow economic growth of the single currency bloc.

Latvian doctors prepare for protests

Latvian Health and Social Care Workers Union has begun preparing for a protest campaign in order to defend residents’ rights for accessible and high-quality healthcare services. It is possible that this protest will be held April 20th, during an informal meeting of EU Healthcare Ministers in Riga.

Donations to parties equal to minimum wages to be set as eligible expenditure

This Thursday, March 5th, the Saeima conceptually approved amendments to the Personal Income Tax Law. In accordance with these amendments, donations or gifts to political parties that are not larger than the official minimum wage in the country are not to be applied with PIT.

NA politician Vilks is replaced by Jansons in the Saeima

This Thursday, March 5th, the Saeima approved a temporary deputy mandate for Ritvars Jansons. Prior to the Saeima vote, Jansons gave his solemn vow and confirmed it with his signature.

Euro value drops to 11-year low

With currency markets expecting news on the details of European Central Bank’s quantitative easing programme, value of the euro against the U.S. dollar has decreased to the lowest level in 11 years.

Reform Party in Estonia pushes for broad coalition

Reform Party, which won the March 1 Estonian parliamentary election, has announced it prefers building a broad coalition that would have a strong mandate.

Harmony wants to collect EUR 1,000 moral compensation from Straujuma

Harmony has turned to court against Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma for her statement about the party during the last Saeima elections. The party wants to collect EUR 1,000 from her as moral compensation.

Saeima to decide on amendments to the Law on Circulation of Alcoholic Drinks

This Thursday, March 5th, the Saeima will review amendments to the Civil Law and related laws. The amendments to be reviewed provide for a solution to the shared property problem, as well as the adoption of so-called building rights.

Baltic States added to the list of destinations not suitable for patriotic Russian tourists

Russian Anti-Fascist Anti-Maidan Council has created a list of countries patriotic Russian tourists are recommended to avoid. Latvia is on this list as well.

February of 2015 - thirteenth warmest in Latvia’s meteorological history

With an average air temperature of -0.2° C, February of 2015 was 4.6 degrees warmer than usual and is considered the thirteenth warmest February in Latvia’s recorded meteorological history.

13 people have died to flu during this year’s season in Latvia

This year’s flu season in Latvia claimed the lives of 13 people. None of the people that died to flu had been vaccinated against it, according to information compiled by the Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

Housing maintenance costs Latvian households EUR 138 per month

In 2014 housing maintenance expenditure of households1 has slightly increased, reaching EUR 138 per month. Despite that, compared to 2013, housing expenditure has risen by 3%, growth of household disposable income was more rapid.

In pictures: Latest phones and devices from Mobile World Congress

The event of the month in the market of mobile computer devices is the Mobile World Congress that takes place from March 2 to 5 in Barcelona.

Kyiv increases interest rates to 30%

The National Bank of Ukraine on Wednesday, March 3, put in force a sharp increase in interest rates – from 19.5% to 30% - aimed at reducing inflation and strengthening the value of the national currency.

Researcher: problems caused by alcohol cost Latvia 80 million annually

Latvia loses nearly 20 thousand years of life and EUR 80 million annually because of problems caused by alcohol: premature deaths, disabilities and all kinds of illnesses, says Marcis Tapencieris, researcher of the Philosophy and Sociology Institute of the University of Latvia.

Additional tanks and armoured vehicles to arrive in Latvia from USA

On Monday, March 9th, M1A2 Abrams, M2A3 Bradley armoured vehicles and other support vehicles sent by USA will arrive at Riga Freeport.

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