During my first visit to Latvia in my current capacity, which took place in March, I engaged with a broad range of interlocutors both in Riga as well as in Daugavpils; an area with a sizeable concentration of minorities in the south-east of the country. On the matter of citizenship, I took note of a … Continue reading "HCNM statement to the 1229th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council (excerpt), 2019"
Photos – Dmitry Zhilin, 2019 Publisher’s note: the same year, the National Alliance tried to re-establish March the 16th as an official commemoration day. Link: https://eng.lsm.lv/article/politics/politics/national-alliance-repeats-march-16-memorial-request.a310737/ State-owned lsm.lv has reported on the march, but ignored what makes it exceptional – the participation of ruling politicians https://eng.lsm.lv/article/society/society/march-16-parade-takes-place-in-riga.a312922/ Canada has condemned the march https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/canada-condemns-annual-latvian-parade-that-honours-nazi-ss-unit The same day, … Continue reading "Riga, March 16, 2019 – a march honouring Waffen SS Latvian Legion veterans"
Committee on Culture and Education The Chair D 303450 01.03.2019 Mr Krišjānis Kariņš Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia Brīvības bulvāris 36, Rīga LV-1520 IPOL-COM-CULT D (2019) 8190 Honourable Mr. Prime Minister The European Parliament received several petitions reporting on the changes introduced by your Government to the Education Law and Law on the … Continue reading "EP Culture and education committee letter to Latvia, 2019"
II Rules of co-operation (..) 2.7. The issues concerning (..) amendments to the Citizenship Law, except the case mentioned in paragraph 2.8.1. of the present agreement (..) and such amendments, which worsen the situation of the Latvian language, to laws regulating the use of the language (..) can only be decided based on the principle … Continue reading "Co-operation agreement of the parties forming the Kariņš Cabinet (excerpts), 2019"
II. PEOPLE OF LATVIA Our common goal is a healthy, well-educated, secure and cohesive society. A strong national identity and a sense of belonging to the country, the Latvian language and culture guarantee the security and existence of Latvia as a national state. (..) Education (..) 125.We will improve the education quality criteria at all … Continue reading "Declaration of the Intended Activities of the Kariņš Cabinet (excerpts), 2019"