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.
Jelena Ostapenko became the first Latvian woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in the professional era after a shock win against Caroline Wozniacki. The world number 47 will face Swiss Timea Bacsinszky on Thursday.
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