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Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question

David Miles | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
David Miles

The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.

Why Should Washington Confront Russia if Europeans Won't Protect Ukraine?

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Americans shouldn't be expected to protect their rich cousins even if the latter were devoted to protecting each other. That the Europeans expect the U.S. to do their job is yet another reason for Americans to say no more.

I Was Attacked On Easter Sunday

Lori Sokol | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

This was just one of the countless stories read by women, about women, who would not be alive if not for the support of Donor Direct Action (DDA), an organization which has been providing decades-long support for women.

Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Travel

You've heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe is cheaper than it's been in a long time. The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you go to make the most of the strong dollar?

Six Allies Washington Should Dump From Its Lonely Hearts Club

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

With almost a year before Valentine's Day hits again, the Obama administration has time to take an unsparing look at the ever-growing crowd of American allies and ally-wannabes. It's time for Washington to send the equivalent of a "Dear John" letter to a half dozen foreign capitals.

What Can Latvia's Integration With Europe Teach Ukraine?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

Real convergence does not happen only between East and West, but first and foremost inside each country. And it resides in the social contract between the state and its citizens. But Ukrainians must also have no illusion that this is a project lasting at least a generation. For a generation, from independence to the EU presidency, is exactly the time it took Latvia.

Latvian Foreign Minister Comes Out In A Tweet

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.07.2014 | Gay Voices

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs apparently came out of the closet in a single, sunny tweet on Thursday. I proudly announce I'am gay......

Lithuanians in L.A. - A Celebration of Life!

Jay Weston | Posted 12.08.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

all photos by Jay Children's chorus singing Lithuanian songs. This weekend I attended the annual...

Mayor of Latvian Capital: Putin Is 'Best Thing Possible' for Latvia

Kevin M. F. Platt | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Kevin M. F. Platt

The mayor of the Latvian capital city Riga, Nil Ushakov, stated yesterday in Moscow that for Latvia, "the best thing possible right now is President Vladimir Putin." His presence in Moscow and his comments about Putin illustrate how far the views of many Latvians diverge from the Western mainstream on relations between Russia and the West.

Why President Obama's Visit to Estonia Really Matters

Erik Brattberg | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Erik Brattberg

President Obama's brief stopover in Tallinn en route to the NATO Summit in Wales this week couldn't have been be any timelier. Showing up in person matters a lot to the Balts who are increasingly feeling the heat after Russia's invasion of Crimea and subsequent aggression in Eastern Ukraine.

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Top 10 Reasons to Travel the Ex-USSR

Miles Atkinson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Travel
Miles Atkinson

This is the land of communal bathrooms, sweaty trains, body odor and too much mayonnaise. But, if you can set aside a few creature comforts, then the former Soviet Union is the most exciting travel destination there is.

Latvia, the Country Prof. Krugman Loves to Hate, Wins 1st Prize

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Latvia, a country Paul Krugman loves to hate, takes the prize for the least miserable of the former Soviet Union countries in this sub-ranking.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

The Gospel of Service and Fighting Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Feeding a society is challenge enough, even in peacetime. Droughts or flooding can always interrupt the growing of food. There may be transportation, storage and distribution issues with food. In wartime everything is disrupted.

How to Not D-I-E on a D-I-Y Amusement Park Ride

Oral Fixation | Posted 05.24.2014 | Comedy
Oral Fixation

You know how they say that in the moments before death, your life flashes before your eyes? It doesn't. Mainly it's just images of a Latvian amusement park ride rushing past.

Latvia Is Europe's Greatest Secret

Posted 03.24.2014 | Travel

We're constantly looking for the next great destination... something underrated and under-the-radar, a place that will satisfy nature lovers, culture ...

Blooming Spring: European Hotlist 2014

Gogobot | Posted 05.12.2014 | Travel

Stuck in snowstorms and sub-zeros? Spring from the pits of winter hibernation to sun-kissed blossoms in Europe. Spring is exquisite in the continent steeped in history, cultivated in culture and bursting with beauty.

The Trillion-dollar Question: Who Owns Emerging Market Government Debt?

Serkan Arslanalp | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Serkan Arslanalp

There are a trillion reasons to care about who owns emerging market debt. That's how much money global investors have poured into in these government...

50 Incredible Travel Destinations to Consider for 2014

Viator | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel

No, we don't propose that you visit all 50 in a year -- although, hey, that's an admirable goal -- merely that you take these places into consideration when planning your 2014 travels.

Scandiweb: Latvia's Magento Magicians

Bill_Robinson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Technology

Having studied at university and been fascinated with early programming classes, Antons Sapriko then went on to study IT at the University of Copenhagen, a top regional business school and there became mesmerized by Magento.

Latvian Prime Minister Resigns After Supermarket Collapse

AP | Posted 01.27.2014 | World

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvia's prime minister has resigned after accepting political responsibility for the collapse of a supermarket roof in the capi...

At Least 47 Dead In Supermarket Collapse

AP | GARY PEACH | Posted 11.22.2013 | World

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Hordes of shoppers were picking up food after work in the Latvian capital when an enormous section of the supermarket's roof cav...

PHOTOS: Creepy Hospital-Themed Restaurant

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 09.04.2013 | Weird News

Most people dislike going to the hospital, which is perhaps why Hospitalis, a hospital-themed restaurant in Latvia, went out of business. Still, im...

The New Stars of European Travel

minube | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel

Could it be that American travelers are passing over Western Europe's traditional tourist trail in favor of newer, less-traveled destinations in southern and eastern Europe?