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Ambassador: British-Latvian bilateral relations will become even stronger

Ambassador: British-Latvian bilateral relations will become even stronger

20.10.2017

Busy work is under way to make bilateral regions between the UK and Latvia even stronger, British Ambassador to Latvia Keith Shannon said in an interview with LETA.

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Brussels opponents of Nord Stream 2, why do we hear so little about Ukraine?

Brussels opponents of Nord Stream 2, why do we hear so little about Ukraine?

11.10.2017

One reason why Nord Stream 2 is opposed in EU circles is because it undermines the position of Ukraine as gas transit country. The problem is that Ukraine’s gas sector is notoriously corrupt – and recent news indicates the government is making no progress at all on “reform”. Meanwhile, the European Commission’s attempt to get a “mandate” from the European Council (the Member States) to negotiate with Russia about the pipeline, seems bound to fail: the Legal Service of the Council has made it clear it sees no legal basis for such a mandate.

OECD: "Winner takes it all" ideology not suitable for Lithuania

OECD: "Winner takes it all" ideology not suitable for Lithuania

06.10.2017

Income inequality is increasingly evident in Lithuania, therefore, it should not follow the ideology "winner takes it all," says Michael Forster of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In his words, the impoverished part of the society will be pushed to exclusion even further in the long run, says BNS INTERVIEW.


Latvia’s Ambassador: relationship dynamic between the West and Russia is dependent on Putin

Latvia’s Ambassador: relationship dynamic between the West and Russia is dependent on Putin

04.10.2017

In an interview with LETA, Latvia's new Ambassador to Russia Maris Riekstins said that the relationship dynamic between the West and Russia is dependent on which path Russian President Vladimir Putin chooses.

Moderate dynamics of monetary aggregates suggests economic stability in Latvia

Moderate dynamics of monetary aggregates suggests economic stability in Latvia

02.10.2017

Over the last few months, discussions have been raised about the potential movement of the Latvian economy towards overheating.


28.09.2017

Rietumu Asset Management experts: natural disasters have not caused problems for investors

The specialists of Rietumu Group have prepared an overview on the return of the investment funds of Rietumu Asset Management (RAM) for August 2017. Along with information on the structure and dynamics of the funds, the review contains the traditional analysis of the current political events and key economic factors that exert an influence on financial markets, reported BC Rietumu bank’s press service.

26.09.2017

Lithuanian president sees post-election Germany as key partner in Europe

After German parliamentary elections secured Chancellor Angela Merkel with yet another term in office, Berlin will remain Lithuania's most important partner in Europe, says President Dalia Grybauskaite, cites LETA/BNS.

14.09.2017

State of the Union-2017: charting direction for the EU’s future

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union Address-2017 (SOTUA-17) before the members of the European Parliament presented the yearly’s outcomes and EU’s priorities for the year ahead. His speech was accompanied by the adoption of a number of concrete Commission’s initiatives (on trade, investments, cybersecurity, industry, etc.) outlining a vision of EU that “protects, empowers and defends”.

07.09.2017

Growth shifting into higher gear in Latvia in 2017

The annual growth of gross domestic product (GDP) in adjusted terms has reached the highest rate observed within a period of more than five years in Latvia: 4.8% at constant prices in the second quarter.

28.08.2017

Gafin: Rietumu succeeded in restoring the tradition of holding world-class concerts in Jurmala

Last weekend the performance of Joshua Bell in Dzintari Concert Hall in Jurmala enjoyed great success. The concert of this marvellous violinist, Grammy, Gramophone and Mercury awards winner, continued the programme of Baltic Musical Seasons, informed BC Eleonora Gailisha from Rietumu Bank’s mass media and public relations.

22.08.2017

Yushchenko in Vilnius: a new iron curtain descending over Europe

A new iron curtain is descending over Europe as Russia retains its influence in some post-Soviet countries, Ukraine's former President Viktor Yushchenko said in Vilnius on August 22nd, cites LETA/BNS.

22.08.2017

Arumae: rather than new crisis, Europe in for new period of economic growth

There is no new economic crisis coming our way and Europe is in for a long period of economic growth, Ruta Arumae, economic analyst and teacher at Mainor business school, said on August 21st, cites LETA/BNS.

20.08.2017

President’s speech on 26th Anniversary of the restoration of Estonian independence in Kadriorg

August 20th is the day when the Estonian people's audacity coincided with a great historical opportunity. A time when the Estonian people were of one mind and able to take advantage of this opportunity.

18.08.2017

Unemployment: lowest in the last 9 years in Latvia

The labour force survey data received today are not surprising: unemployment in Latvia continues to drop. At 8.9%, unemployment rate is the lowest since 2008 and lower than Latvia’s historical average. It is also slightly lower than the current euro area average. Moreover, unemployment may have even dropped slightly below the natural rate (Fig. 1).

18.08.2017

Ambassador Riekstins: relations between Latvia and Russia are not easy

Relations between Latvia and Russia are not easy but it is a diplomat’s mission to talk and seek common ground, Latvian ambassador-designate to Russia Maris Riekstins said in an interview with LNT commercial TV channel this morning, cites LETA.

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