Latvians honor Nazi allies from World War II

About 1,500 Latvians on Sunday celebrated Legionnaires Day — which their government abolished in 2000 — by paying tribute to World War II veterans who fought alongside Nazi troops. After a church service in the Lutheran Cathedral in Riga, the capital, the marchers went to the Freedom Monument, where they…

Latvian minister to be fired for endorsing SS vets

(JTA) — Latvia’s prime minister said she would fire a Cabinet minister planning to march with local SS veterans. Einars Cilinskis, Latvia’s minister for environment and regional development, said he would attend Sunday’s rally in Riga, Reuters reported Friday. “Taking into account that the minister has said today he would…

Trade Despite Sanctions?

EU Meeting Today to Discuss Sanctions Against Belarus EU ministers are meeting today in Brussels to determine whether sanctions against Belarus should be expanded. Latvia is an important part of this, as they import a great deal of Belarusian oil products and have a history of blocking the adoption of EU sanctions…