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Is It Really State Business? 

Author:Ksavjē Lands

By using commercial rationale to justify the closure of a public TV show the frontier between public and private media become blurred. Read

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Crime and Punishment. Or simply PR?  

Author:Ilona Kronberga

If we continue dealing with crime by the means of impulsive repression and empty rhetoric, we may end up in the world where an individual citizen is forced to take care of his own security and keeps firearms instead of firewood in his shed. Read

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t turns out that love is not a good enough reason for marriage. What is then? “Long-term relationship,” a Foreign Ministry official informed me. Read

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NATO: Back to the Future 

Author:Māris Andžāns

Georgia's moving closer to NATO is not compatible with good relationship between NATO and Russia. If Georgia joins the alliance, the relationship may become reminiscent of the Cold War. Read

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Neither Multiculturalism, nor Nationalism 

Author:Ksavjē Lands

In a context of growing social inequalities, there are more urgent and important tasks than trying to preserve or enforce national or minority culture. Read


Learning to welcome: The integration of immigrants in Latvia and Poland 


Year: 2008
Editor: Dace Akule
Financed by: European Commission, The Society Integration Fund of Latvia and the Soros Foundation Latvia
Language: English and Latvian (bilingual)

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War and vacation in Europe 

Author:Mārtiņš Mūrnieks

The unified position taken by the Baltic States, Poland and Ukraine has marked out a new form of cooperation that is dictated by the actual events. This can be seen as a good starting point for coming together to seek out ways of reducing the split between European countries, and convincing them about the seriousness of current situation. Read

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Learning to welcome. The integration of immigrants in Latvia and Poland 

Author: Dace Akule, Rita Kasa, Iveta Kesane, Thomas Huddleston, Mirosław Bieniecki, Piotr Kaźmierkiewicz

This publication includes research about the legislation that influences the integration of immigrants – labour market access, family reunification conditions, anti-discrimination, political participation. Read

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Subversion of Democracy? 

Author:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

There is convincing evidence that political connections are pervasive in Latvia and that they provide benefits to the connected firms. This implies that the risk that our democracy is a mere 'façade' is too high to be ignored. Read

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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