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In the Shadow of the Big Fish 

Author:Providus

We want to catch a big fish just as much as society wants us to, so that we could put it on a banner as our achievement. We have to be ready for the fact that sometimes long and difficult work will end with nothing. Read

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EU Enlargement: a Very British Welcome 

Author:Providus

The new members should party as hard as they like, on 1st May, but if the British don’t turn up at the Malta fireworks with a bottle of Moet in hand, don’t think us spiteful – it is just that the party is further for us to travel to and we’d rather have a nice cup of tea and a good night’s sleep. Read

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From Khruschev to Putin - The Challenge of Reforming Russia 

Author:Providus

Interview with William Taubman, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning biography "Khrushchev: The Man and His Era" (2003) and Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst College Read

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How Sustainable is Minority Government? 

Author:Providus

Although minority governments were a possible outcome of proportional representation systems, they were seen as unstable, short-lived and producing weak government. Much of the political analysis in the Latvian media still adheres to this paradigm. Read

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Reform – the last drop 

Author:Providus

If you compare the amendments in the Education Law to natural processes, then it could be said that Latvian society is generally “heating up.” No one is indifferent anymore; not those out on the street shouting “no” to the reform, nor those who choose to stay at home and watch events on their TVs. Read

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AfroLat: the African-Latvian Association 2

Author:Providus

The African-Latvian Association AFROLAT is to be formally launched at a ceremony on Saturday 13 March, at which representatives of Latvian Government and society, the international community and the media are expected to be present. Read

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Outbursts of Ethnicity 

Author:Providus

Is the formation of a national society possible with the presence of Eastern Slavic ethnic groups? Integration is possible, but integration policies should be adjusted. Dialogue is not enough; the government should suggest compromises and keep the initiative in its hands. Read

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The Latvian Language is Faltering. So is Integration 

Author:Providus

Both Latvian and foreign experts concede that Latvian language acquisition opportunities should be increased. Nevertheless, studies also indicate a lack of motivation to learn and use the language. To what extent is this an obstacle to the integration of Latvia’s society? Read

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Supporting Democracy to the East: A matter of self-interest 

Author:Providus

Interview with Vladimir Socor,
Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Strategic & Political Studies
Columnist, Wall Street Journal Europe
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There is no such politician, Putin 

Author:Providus

In her book, which was banned from stores before the Russian parliamentary elections, long-time Kremlin correspondent Yelena Tregubova speaks openly about what goes on behind the scenes in of her country’s political system. Read