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June 2015

37 posts
The Cyprus precedent | Felix Salmon NEW
blogs.reuters.com, 2 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Latvian Lessons NEW
EuroDialogueXXI 2 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
video The Baltics are growing after austerity—and they resent Mediterranean bail-outs READ MORE...
Ein Umzugsjahr NEW
Lettland 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Das Richtfest ist längst gefeiert, aber auf die Inbetriebnahme im neuen Gebäude muss die Lettische Nationalbibliothek noch eine Weile warten.Für den Nationalfeiertag dieses Jahres (18.November) ist die Beendigung aller Arbeiten am Gebäude vorges...
Letten mißtrauen sich selbst NEW
Lettland 3 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Dieser Text ist vor den außerordentlichen Parlamentswahlen entstanden.Also über Politikverdrossenheit wird auch in den etablierten Demokratien Westeuropas seit so langer Zeit diskutiert, daß jeder Student jahrzehntealte Werke zum Thema in der Uni-...
Did Latvia really lose that much competitiveness??? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 3 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Please think of this as a supplement and a slight challenge to Ed’s fine 23 May 2011 piece on Latvia. Besides giving us the most interesting (or weird? ) title for a long while, he raises some very important questions: Is the Latvian internal deval...
Cross-border story quoted widely NEW
Watchdog (Brigitte Alfter) 4 Years, 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Two journalists, one story – but how to achieve impact? In the story about the Latvian Brides, cooperation of journalists from two countries led to research so thorough, that the story was quoted in various European countries. Aleksandra Jolkina fr...
"Latvia and its Internal Devaluation" by Monika Gonser NEW
Social Europe 4 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours ago
How does a government get by with up to 35% cuts in public sector wages and mass school and hospital closure? Latvia’s troubles started with the onset of the financial crisis when, as a result of the...
Lettland i fokus. NEW
Carl Bildt (SE) 4 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
STOCKHOLM: I dag är det så dags att ta emot min kollega från Lettland Girts Valdis Kristovskis för samtal och lunch här i Stockholm. Tjugo år efter det att de tre baltiska länderna återvann sin självständighet kommer vi detta år att ägna...
Början på ny vecka NEW
Carl Bildt (SE) 4 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
STOCKHOLM: Måndag morgon och snart på väg ner till Arvfurstens Palats för att inleda denna arbetsvecka hemma. Det är mycket som nu behöver följas upp efter den senaste veckans mångfald av resor och möten. Och i morgon har jag besök av min k...
BALTIC: Debates in the Lettish parliament NEW
spolitis.blogspot.com, 4 Years, 4 Months, 3 Days, 43 Minutes ago
And for my next trick... NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 4 Years, 7 Months, 3 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Latvia's new government faces awesome problems. Luckily it has an awesome record...
Latvia: The Demographic Price Of Procrastination NEW
A Fistful of Euros 4 Years, 10 Months, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
One of the things I think we can safely say about the impact of the current economic crisis is that the face of Macro Economic theory will never be the same again. Quite what the macro economics of the future will look like is too early to say, but w...
Latvia: Living in the Land of Extremes NEW
A Fistful of Euros 4 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Here in Latvia the internal devaluation continues and the debate is whether the economy is flexible enough for this experiment. I say perhaps it is, Edward says perhaps it isn’t but one thing is for sure: the Latvian economy is (possibly perversel...
EU: Convergence programme Latvia NEW
Grahnlaw 4 Years, 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 33 Minutes ago
Stability programmes for eurozone countries on the one hand, convergence programmes for member states still without the euro; you can start by reading the background remarks on economic policy coordination in the European Union, in the blog post EU:...
Will Latvia get BEREC? - updated NEW
Julien Frisch 5 Years, 1 Week, 6 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Update (28 May 2010): Council Document 9880/10 mentioned below has been published - and, as predicted, the winner of the seat of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) is Riga, the capital of Latvia. The EU needs many...
Latvian hacker exposes fat cats: News24: Sci-Tech: News NEW
EU Pundit 5 Years, 1 Week, 19 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Latvian hacker exposes fat cats: News24: Sci-Tech: News...
Too Soon To Cry “Victory” On Latvia? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 5 Years, 3 Months, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
“Doom-mongers” - the Economist tells us - “are licking their wounds”. And why exactly are they licking their wounds? Well for two years now (apparently) they have been telling us that “the struggle to save the lat’s pe...
Latvia Is Back In The News, And Expect More To Come NEW
A Fistful of Euros 5 Years, 5 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
The Latvian government is getting nervous about the level of lending coming from Swedish banks. According to the Financial Times, “Latvia’s prime minister has warned Swedish banks they risk choking off recovery in the Baltic state’s crisis-...
liveriga.wordpr, 5 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Minutes ago
Was President Klaus right? Pessimism, part II. NEW
Central Europe - Between Brussels and Gazprom 5 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Do you know what does it mean “stipend” in Latvia? It is minimal state support given to rising numbers of unemployed people. It is 100 lats, approx. 140 euro and is given only to people who participate in municipal or state public works.
Why Latvia Is In Such A Mess NEW
A Fistful of Euros 5 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 25 Minutes ago
Hat Tip to Aleks Tapinsh - “No wonder this country is in such a mess. Someone posted this video of a payday at the Elkor electronics chain in Latvia. The paycheck as you can see comes in an envelope, in cash. No one pays any taxes. And everyon...
Brief Latvia EU Loan Update NEW
A Fistful of Euros 5 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Well, there is still effectively no word from the IMF. But The EC did today release an addendum to its memorandum of understanding with Latvia identifying a number of economic and fiscal policy measures it wants the country to enact before it receiv...
Wanted: a better EU policy on Latvia NEW
Mats Engström 5 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
  My editorial in Aftonbladet deals with the crisis in Latvia and ECOFIN discussions about this subject today. A Fistful of Euros has described the situation excellently. The dogmatic refusal to devaluate the Latvian currency is worsening the situat...
Is the Latvia intervention team assembling? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 5 Years, 11 Months, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
So we’re in the new era of the Swedish presidency of the European council.  Insh’allah this will be the last country presidency under the rotating system once all that Lisbon messiness is sorted out.  The Swedes have the advantage of ta...
Latvia`s EP election observations [Marta CERAVA] NEW
Think About It - EU Blog Competition 5 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
EP elections in Latvia have passed silently. The most attention was taken by local municipal elections and especially of the intrigue who is going to be the next mayor of Riga city. We have elected eight candidates from six different parties. Latvia...
Latvia | To be or not to be NEW
e-politik.cafebabel 6 Years, 1 Week, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Concerning our nationality we have no choice. The exception proves the rule. Nearly 400.000 Russians in Latvia are the exception. 17 percent of the whole population. They are non-Latvians. Non-citizens. Stateless. Or at least faceless. Latvia´s go...
Slump: See what kind of nerves the Latvian Prime Minister has? NEW
Central Europe - Between Brussels and Gazprom 6 Years, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
The latest GDP growth numbers in Central Europe are a tragedy, but the general situation is not so bad, as The Economist writes. Czech -3.4 % is quite modest result in comparison with Hungary (-6.4%) or poor Latvia (-18.6), both in year-to-year comp...
European Parliament elections 2009 (105): A volunteer's look at the elections in Latvia NEW
Julien Frisch 6 Years, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Since I plan to go to Daugavpils in Latvia for the European Parliament election day, I was interested in how others might look on the situation in the country.A German volunteer working in Latvia reports on Youthreporter.eu from Latvia in an article...
The Agony Continues - Latvian GDP Falls By 18% (Updated) NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Latvia’s economy shrank by nearly a fifth (year on year) in the first quarter, according to the latest flash estimate from the national statistics office. Obviously this is a dreadful state of affairs, and illustrates just how difficult the cou...
EP elections activated in Latvia`s social network [Marta CERAVA] NEW
Think About It - EU Blog Competition 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
At last or for a change there is a reason why to congratulate Latvia for having done something important, interesting, useful and maybe even innovative. Latvia`s  social network portal draugiem.lv has created a possibility to get more involved in co...
Latvia has it`s European party`s deputy candidate [Marta CERAVA] NEW
Think About It - EU Blog Competition 6 Years, 2 Months, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Last week in Latvia has been rather exciting as EP elections are approaching. More and more lists of candidates have been announced and the probable Latvia`s member list in EP is getting clearer. There are not many surprises as most of the top member...
A Dog’s Life In Latvia NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 3 Months, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
From Vyacheslav Dombrovsky: Just when you thought there is nothing that can surprise you anymore in this country, comes this. LNT’s “Degpunktā” reports that Valmiera state prison had four special guards dogs shot as part of the &#...
Latvia’s Government Resigns NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Latvia’s four-party coalition government resigned today after two of the coalition partners called for Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis to step down. President Valdis Zatlers told a news conference in Riga today that he had accepted the resignation a...
La Crise Claims Her Second Victim NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 6 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The Latvian government has become the second European administration to fall as a result of the global economic crisis, following the collapse of Iceland's government last month. Latvia's prime minister resigned today and the government folded as a r...
Why Latvia Needs To Devalue Soon - A Reply To Christoph Rosenberg NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Years, 4 Months, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
IMF Senior Regional Representative For Central Europe and the Baltics, Christoph Rosenberg, recently took me to task on RGE Monitor about my Latvian devaluation proposal (as did RGE’s own Mary Stokes), and I would like now to take a closer look...
Riots in Latvia: the Violent Side of the Crisis NEW
Babelblogs reviews 6 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 3 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
A rally organized against the Latvian government turned into a violent protest. An when some hundred people tried to break in the Parliament, many did not seem suprised.
Referendum in Latvia failed NEW
Julien Frisch 6 Years, 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Yes, there are still referenda in the European Union that are not EU-related:In Latvia, a referendum that aimed at giving the population the right to dissolve the parliament has failed due to low turnout (39% instead of >50%).But since 97% voted in f...