Riga styles itself as the "Capital of the altic." More than a third of the Latvian population lives there, almost half of them Russians, Byelorussians and Ukrainians.
Bucking the trend to go West and stay there, some young Latvians do return home after dipping into life abroad. For them, the drawbacks of their ever more sparsely populated country are anything but.
Europe needs a common culture of remembrance that rejects the fascist crimes of the past. That means Croatian, Hungarian and Latvian Nazi collaborators should not be glorified, says journalist Krsto Lazarevic.
The outgoing German president has stressed a commitment to the Baltics amid concerns over Russian territorial ambitions. His likely successor, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has been more restrained in criticizing Moscow.
The US vice president maintained there is broad bipartisan support for the NATO alliance in the US, regardless of Trump. He called the US commitment to NATO a sacred honor that would always be upheld.
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