Latvia Weekly Podcast #60: 2019 Year in Review and News from December 21 - 27, 2019

Happy new year everyone, and thanks to everyone who voted in the 2019 "person of the year" readers'/listeners poll! Otto and Olevs join Joe in Jelgava to reveal your choice along with the staff's "person of the year," the top 10 "stories of the year," and a few important stories and updates from the previous week. Crack open a bottle of champagne and settle down for a look back at the year gone by, and join Latvia weekly in getting ready for the coming decade!

For those of you who would like to see the list of "stories of the year" and the "people of the year," you can find both further down this page after the embedded podcast episode.

Top 10 stories of the year:
(as decided by the staff of Latvia Weekly and guest jurors)
  1. Aivars Lembergs and related institutions placed on US sanctions list
    Source: Baltic Times
  2. Nils Ušakovs “dismissed” from his job as mayor and subsequently elected to European Parliament
    Source: Baltic Course
  3. Jūris Puce initiates dissolution of Rīga city council as a result of waste management scandal, but President Levits objects to major amendments
    Source: LETA
  4. Krišjānis Kariņš forms a 5-party coalition to become the 23rd Prime Minister of Latvia
    Source: LSM
  5. Medical workers protest over government's failure to uphold promised salary raises
    Source: LETA
  6. Complete transition away from minority language schools announced
    Source: LSM
  7. PNB Bank forced to close by European regulators
    Source: Reuters
  8. VARAM begins the process of reducing the amount of municipalities to 39
    Source: BNN
  9. Baltic Way celebrates its 30th anniversary
    Source: LSM
  10. KPV LV leaders Aldis Gobzems and Artuss Kaimiņš lose leadership positions
    Source: LSM

Reader's Listener's Choice for "Person of the Year": Egils Levits, President of Latvia
  • Runner up: Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister of Latvia
Staff Choice for "Person of the Year": Nils Ušakovs, Member of European Parliament
  • Runner up: Juris Pūce, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development
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