Latvia: PM Karins urges coalition partners to prioritise national interest

Latvia’s Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, leader of the New Unity party, urged his coalition partners to prioritise the national interest and set aside personal ambitions and concerns about their posts, LETA reports. Karins expressed his disappointment that only opposition parties, namely the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) and the Progressives, have attended talks initiated by New Unity to expand the coalition. New Unity’s current coalition partners, United List and the National Alliance, have shown no desire to participate in the talks. Karins said that this lack of cooperation did not foster unity. He likened the situation to the pre-election period when parties held rigid positions.