Latvia Weekly Podcast #58: Pūce's "Nuclear Option," Lemberg's America Problem, and News from December 7th - 13th, 2019


"Atkārtot" (to repeat) is the word of the week, with Rīga once again on the brink of re-do elections thanks to Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce's decision to use the "nuclear option" and initiate the dismissal of city council. Meanwhile in Ventspils, oligarch and mayor since 1988 Aivars Lembergs is on the brink thanks to being included on a US sanctions list. Otto and Joe discuss the implications of these major stories and more, including a scandal in the welfare ministry, major changes to the country's rail service, an early flu epidemic, and the country's president being "honored" by America's favorite sketch comedy program.

Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission



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