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He Died. Because We Failed To Protect Him 

Author:Dita Arāja

Until the relevant political officials find a way of protecting children in a preventive way, we will continue to lose children from time to time. Read

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Speaking for the Voiceless 


On top of being a good futurologist, the ombudsman for future generations will also have to specify what the future generations would be entitled to expect from us. Read

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We can only go upwards 

Author:Viktors Makarovs

For the European Union there is no alternative but to work with Russia as it is, not trying to pretend it is something different. Read

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Political Connections and Firm Performance: The Latvian Way 

Author:Vyacheslav Dombrovsky

This paper examines the effect of political connections on firm performance. I draw on the universe of all registered firms in Latvia to construct a unique dataset of firms connected to politicians in 1996 to 2005, and firms that contributed in the 2002 elections. Read

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A Better Plan B 

Author:Dace Akule

No matter what next steps are taken, it is clear that the Irish No vote is a repeated lesson to the leaders of national and EU institutions that it is no longer possible to take decisions for people without explaining them to people and then being surprised when people ‘do not get it right’. Read

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The Modern Village Bobby 

Author:Rita Ruduša

Community policing is not about 'cops and robbers', it is not a Hollywood gangster movie. Police are a part of the community. Read

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Author:Pjotrs Macejs Kačinskis

The ratification process of the Lisbon Treaty was much smoother than expected. The referendum in Ireland is the test for the treaty. Read

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Latvia’s Imagined Status of Exceptionalism 

Author:Ksavjē Lands

Human rights are universal, and it is not the case that each country can pick and choose among them. Read

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Don't go dirty, don't go nuclear  

Author:Rita Ruduša

Energy companies are not denying that there is a climate change, but they are in denial over their own role in it. What we need is a paradigm shift. Read

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Dangerous liaisons 

Author:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

De jure, we have embraced the Western tradition, which sees the state manily as a service provider, but de facto our minds are still loyal to the concept of the state conceived by Lenin, the state designed to enslave and exploit the individuals. Read