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Traffic restrictions to be introduced in Riga during Angela Merkel’s visit

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Monday, August 18th, Riga will be visited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in order to meet with Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma. This will be her second visit to Latvia. The first visit took place in September 2010.

As part of the German Chancellor’s visit, there will be a discussion about economic cooperation between Latvia and Germany, as reported by Cabinet of Ministers.

From 06:00 to 16:00 vehicles will not be allowed to stop and park on either side of Aspazijas Boulevard along Kaļķu Street and Teatra Street, as well as either side of Z.A. Mieieroviča Boulevard on August 18th.

It will also not be allowed to park vehicles along the right side of Brivibas Boulevard from 07:00 to 17:00 this Monday, as reported by Riga City Council.

In the event of a necessity, there may be temporary traffic and pedestrian movement restrictions along Aspazijas Boulevard, Z.A.Mieierovica Boulevard, Freedom Monument Square, Brivibas Boulevard, Victory Voulevard, Valguma Street and Town Hall Square.

Public transport connectivity and pedestrian movement will be regulated when necessary.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    I have in my library pictures of an earlier visit to Riga by Germans. In the early 40s the tumultuous crowds are in a frenzy of excitement, waving, flower bouquets being tossed, and everyone hugging. I wonder if ex-Communist Part apparatchik Angela Merkel will get a similar reception.

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  2. Jj says:

    But in the early 40’s they were welcoming them because they had driven out the Russians :-)

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    • Anonymous says:

      And were then happily sending people to happy concentration camps and happy human laboratories and happy gas and cremation centres free of charge and completely democratically

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      • Linda says:

        and then came in the Soviets and deported 1.5 million Baltic peoples to Siberia and when some dared to return to their homelands during WWII they returned them to the gulags …. especially hard on children whose only crime was that their father was an officer in the opposing army! There is not much to choose between these two “Gt Powers”.

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  3. Tom says:

    I bet you never even been to Riga Walsh have you!!! born and raised in the Kremlin.

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  4. B says:

    BNN should start charging Walsh for advertising because his drivel is nothing more than propaganda advertising on behalf of the kremlin.
    If anyone started giving anti-kremlin views in moscow, they would most likely be dead viz the dozens of journalists who have been murdered after criticizing Putin. Vale Anna Politkovskaya.

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  5. mike walsh says:

    The one-year ban, announced on August 7, will include beef, pork, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, nuts, as well as cheese and other dairy from the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway.
    On August 12, Prime Minster Laimdota Straujuma said the ban imposed by Russia will cost Latvia 55 million euros ($73.5 million) in losses.

    In fact it will cost much more than this as the trade is being taken by trade rivals. Getting the trade back will be nigh impossible. Besides, Russia is unlikely to trust the EU states ever again. Would you? No wonder so many on here want to shut me up. This will allow your self delusions to persist but it won’t change reality.

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    • jj says:

      And are you going to tell us what % of Latvia’s GDP this is?

      No! And why not? Because you quote figures that you copy from elsewhere, with no real knowledge of the Latvian economy, and because the impact will be small.

      You live in Spain, you have no real knowledge of Latvia (despite your fantasy of being offered honorary citizenship) – what on earth is your motivation in posting comments on here that simply quote statistics with no real understanding of them?

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      • Linda says:

        JJ who has offered Walsh honorary citizenship? Must be Russia … they dish out passports like tickets on buses! Crikey, it cannot be any other country.

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  6. Tom says:

    JJ, Walsh is not who he says he is, nor is there only one Walsh, many people working as a team to try and distort the truth, he only cut and pastes clip-its with extreme views from many fantasy web sites. I don’t know who he thinks he is, but I for one thing he is totally off his rocker.

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