Latvia's presidency of the EU's Council of Ministers


Latvia is probably one of the least known countries of the European Union. It is certainly one of the smallest and, unfortunately, one of the poorest. So Latvia’s presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers, during the first half of 2015, will test its resilience and resourcefulness.

  • Latvia’s fresh start
  • Latvia was a frontrunner on reform and is now a frontrunner for growth. Its new challenge is to lead other countries towards both.

  • Latvia: stability amid the flux
  • Domestic consensus on the need for stability should prevent Latvia’s political volatility from undermining its presidency.

  • Low birth rate locks in Latvia’s demographic destiny
  • The economic downturn has also had a negative effect on the birth-rate in Latvia.

  • Latvia: populate or perish
  • The tide of young, educated Latvians leaving the country is creating a skills shortage which poses a threat to the country’s economic recovery.

  • Latvia: leading on austerity
  • Latvia’s liberalised economy has enjoyed some of the strongest growth in the eurozone, but pressure is growing on the government to improve services for citizens.

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