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.
Travel blogger Steve Hänisch explores the Latvian capital Riga. He visits a local market, samples beer at a brewery, and tries out Eastern Europe's first vertical wind-tunnel.
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.
Latvian defense spending has been rising for years and its latest boost comes not a moment too soon. Riga sees a need for all the mettle - and metal - it can muster as it watches for shifts in US and Russian policies.
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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