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    1. Brussels Blog

      October 7, 2014

      Moscovici vs Dombrovskis: who's really in charge?

      Latvia's Valdis Dombrovskis was heckled by some MEPs at his hearing on Monday. After six hours of testimony over the last...

    2. October 6, 2014

      Era of tough EU budget cuts has come to an end, MEPs told

      The former Latvian prime minister tapped to oversee eurozone economic policy told European parliamentarians on Monday that...

    1. Brussels Blog

      September 30, 2014

      The leaked Juncker decision on Moscovici

      Pierre Moscovici arrives in Paris for the government's confidence vote earlier this month. One of the most highly...

    2. September 29, 2014

      European Commission head curbs Pierre Moscovici’s proposed powers

      The Frenchman nominated to be Europe’s next economics commissioner has had his authority to review national budgets curbed....

    3. September 10, 2014

      France’s Moscovici wins coveted EU economics job but looks isolated

      When Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, gathers his newly minted 27-person team for an...

    4. September 10, 2014

      Top EU economic jobs go to centre-right Juncker allies

      Jean-Claude Juncker, president-elect of the European Commission, has put centre-right allies in key economic posts in the...

    5. September 2, 2014

      European Commission top jobs: The runners and riders

      When Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, puts the final pieces in place for the new EU...

    6. August 27, 2014

      European Council presidency race is wide open with six contenders

      The mounting consensus that Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini will be chosen as the EU’s next foreign policy chief...

    7. August 26, 2014

      David Cameron backs Polish PM to head European Council

      David Cameron has offered to back Donald Tusk, Poland’s premier, as the next European Council head, despite a blazing row...

    8. November 27, 2013

      Latvia PM Dombrovskis resigns over Riga supermarket roof collapse

      Valdis Dombrovskis resigned as Latvia’s prime minister on Wednesday, taking “full responsibility” for the supermarket roof...

    9. beyondbrics

      September 20, 2013

      Latvia: a lesson to us all? New pro and new con

      Latvia is a small country perched on the northern fringe of the European Union but its remarkable experience during the...

    10. FT Alphaville

      July 9, 2013

      Caption this -- lat there be euros edition

      Olli Rehn (left) and Valdis Dombrovskis, the Latvian prime minster, (right) regrettably seem to have got lost in a...

    11. July 9, 2013

      Latvia to become eurozone’s 18th member

      Just five years after a wrenching fiscal crisis that nearly forced it to unpeg its currency from the euro, Latvia was...

    12. June 5, 2013

      Latvia set to join eurozone next year

      Brussels has given the green light to Latvia to become the 18th country to adopt the euro, despite concerns at the European...

    13. April 11, 2013

      Latvian hopes awash with Russian money

      Amid the rush from rival banking nations to attract Russian cash stuck on the stricken island of Cyprus, one name stood out:...

    14. March 4, 2013

      Latvia launches bid to join euro

      Latvia is set to become the 18th EU member state to join the euro, a clear sign of confidence for the troubled...

    15. beyondbrics

      March 4, 2013

      Latvia goes for the euro

      Premier Dombrovskis A vote of confidence in the euro: Latvia on Monday formally decided to join the troubled common...

    16. December 20, 2012

      Newest EU members go cooler on euro

      The enthusiasm for the euro is cooling among the EU’s newest members in eastern Europe, as Latvia’s prime minister warned...

    17. beyondbrics

      May 2, 2012

      Latvia: carrying on regardless

      The Latvian government is hell-bent on joining the eurozone by January 2014 even though the move is unpopular among its...

    18. September 19, 2011

      Latvia pro-Russia party seeks share of power

      Latvia’s pro-Russian party launched an attempt on Monday for a place in government for the first time in the Baltic state’s...

    19. September 18, 2011

      Latvia begins coalition talks

      Latvian leaders started coalition talks on Sunday after a party backed by the country’s Russian-speaking minority won most...

    20. May 29, 2011

      Latvian government hit by corruption scandal

      Latvia was on the edge of political crisis on Sunday after the Baltic country’s president moved to dissolve its parliament...

    21. October 4, 2010

      Latvian PM thankful for austerity mandate

      Latvia’s prime minister has praised voters for putting stability ahead of populism after winning re-election in a country...

    22. October 2, 2010

      Latvian voters back government’s austerity

      Latvians have given their backing to more tough austerity measures, re-electing the country’s centre-right government in the...

    23. March 26, 2010

      Latvia austerity illustrates political risk

      As European leaders gathered in Brussels yesterday the Latvian parliament provided a reminder of the political challenges...

    24. March 25, 2010

      Latvia austerity illustrates political risk

      As European leaders gathered in Brussels on Thursday the Latvian parliament provided a reminder of the political challenges...

    25. March 21, 2010

      Latvia’s lessons

      The focus of economic concern in Europe has shifted recently from its Baltic north-east corner to its Balkan south-east. Yet...

    26. March 12, 2010

      Latvia sees signs of hope but fears instability

      Latvia says its crisis-hit economy has started to stabilise but has warned that renewed political instability could disrupt...

    27. March 11, 2010

      Latvia fears disruption to incipient stability

      Latvia says its crisis-hit economy has started to stabilise but has warned that renewed political instability could disrupt...

    28. February 11, 2010

      IMF scans horizon for distress signal

      If emergency lending has to be arranged to prevent Greece defaulting on its sovereign debt, is the International Monetary...

    29. February 10, 2010

      IMF scans horizon for distress signal

      If emergency lending has to be arranged to prevent Greece defaulting on its sovereign debt, is the International Monetary...

    30. January 21, 2010

      Latvia vote keeps IMF talks on track

      RIGA, January 21 – Latvia’s parliament kept a vital €7.5bn international rescue on track on Thursday but a key vote...

    31. December 23, 2009

      Swedish banks urged to lend again

      Latvia's prime minister has warned that Swedish banks risk choking off recovery in his country's economy unless they resume...

    32. December 22, 2009

      Latvia issues warning to Swedish banks

      Latvia’s prime minister has warned Swedish banks they risk choking off recovery in the Baltic state’s crisis-hit economy...

    33. October 12, 2009

      Latvia agrees pact on budget cuts

      Latvia’s government on Monday struck a tentative deal to push through deep budget cuts demanded by international lenders as...

    34. October 8, 2009

      Riga rules out currency devaluation

      Latvia was forced to deny it was planning to devalue its currency yesterday amid a fresh wave of concern over the...

    35. October 7, 2009

      Latvia denies plan to devalue currency

      Latvia was forced to deny it was planning to devalue its currency on Wednesday amid a fresh wave of concern over the...

    36. October 7, 2009

      Latvia / Nordic banks

      Latvia, says prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis, faces a choice of economic scenarios: bad, and really bad. The bad scenario...

    37. October 7, 2009

      Latvia loan plans could hit Nordic banks

      Nordic banks could face huge losses on lending to Latvia under government proposals to limit the amount lenders can collect...

    38. October 6, 2009

      Latvian loan plan threatens Nordic banks

      A derelict building in Riga: Latvia is battling the deepest recession in the European Union Nordic banks face losses on...

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