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Tuesday 23.07.2019 | Name days: Magda, Magone, Mērija

Week’s beginning in Latvia will be rainy

A wide rain zone will pass through Latvia’s western portion on Monday, 13 May. This means lasting rain is expected in Kurzeme and Zemgale. Rain clouds will form in the country’s eastern areas, resulting in short-term rain, and local thunderstorms, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Eurovision turns political in Israel amid boycott calls

As Israel is hosting the Eurovision song contest this week, activists have pointed to Israel’s occupation policies in Palestinian territories and calls for artists to boycott the event have been heard though not fulfilled.

Next Lithuanian President to be elected in run-off between Šimonytė and Nausėda

The Lithuanian presidential election has produced no clear winner. With ex-Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and economist Gitanas Nausėda showing the best results, the two with face each other in a run-off later this month, while defeated Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has announced his resignation.

Lithuania selects next President as inequality, poverty top issues

Despite Lithuania’s long economic upswing, regional differences in wages and polarisation of population are key national problems before the Lithuanian presidential election due on Sunday, May 12.

Consumer prices in Latvia reached 3.4% in April

Compared to April 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 3.4 % in April 2019. Prices of goods had increased by 3.5 % and prices of services by 3.3 %.

KPV LV party’s «opposition» picks their own presidential candidate

A handful of members of KPV LV political party have decided to pick Didzis Šmits as their presidential candidate, as reported by Deputies do not hide the fact that with this step they wanted to engage in presidential elections.

U.S. considerably increases trade tariffs on Chinese goods

Escalating American trade dispute with China, Washington has on Friday considerably raised the customs tariffs on Chinese goods as the two trading partners are in talks on their future trade relationship.

Montenegro convicts Russian citizens, 12 others for attempted coup d’état

A court in Montenegro has punished 14 people, among them two opposition leaders and two Russian citizens, with prison terms for an attempt to bring down the government and take a pro-Moscow political force to power.

Latvian minister proposes small compulsory fee for health insurance system

Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele proposes implementing a small compulsory fee for residents who are not insured. This basically means adoption of a unified healthcare service basket in Latvia, the politician says.

Tet and LMT merge topic outlined again as two companies hold talks

Merge talks have been held between telecommunication company Tet and mobile operator Latvijas mobilais telefons, as confirmed by Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits’ advisor for communication affairs Aļona Zandere.

Saeima continues viewing proposal to no longer issue non-citizen status to newborns

Latvia’s parliament supported in the first reading the proposal to cease issuance of non-citizen status to children born in the country after 1 January 2020.

Bank analysts predict inflation in Latvia 3.2-3.4% for April

Compared to March, consumer prices in April had possibly grown by 0.6-0.8%, which means annual inflation in Latvia has reached approximately 3.2-3.4%, bank analysts predict.

On Europe Day 21 EU presidents invite citizens to vote in EP elections

In celebration of Europe Day on 9 May, the flag of the European Union was raised over the Tower of the Holy Spirit of the Castle of Riga. Meanwhile, 21 EU presidents, in response to Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, have joined in a common invitation to EU citizens to take part in European Parliament elections.