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Are Human Rights Becoming Consolidated? 


This is a translation from Latvian of the article which originally appeared in "Diena", 28 August 2002, and is reprinted in policy.lv with permission from the publisher Read

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Criticism Alone Won’t Change Anything 

Author:Ieva Raubiško

Society shouldn’t wait for politicians, not because they are bad people, but because they have their own priorities. And if you don’t get into their priorities, they won’t do very much for you. Read

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Threats in the Baltic region are all but banished 


I will take the problems that come with enlarged NATO over the problems that come from not enlarging NATO any day. All those Russian friends or officials that say – OK, enlarge NATO and the whole thing will collapse – I don’t think they really believe that, and I don’t believe that either. Read

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The potential for extremism is limited 


In recent months, many governments in the EU member states have moved towards the right wing populism, not to say extremism. Part of the success story of the right wing populists is that they appear anti-establishment, breaking up the “old boys” networks and bringing in some fresh air. Read

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Knowledge-based Economy – a Key Process for Sustainable Development 


Latvijas ziņojums PB Zināšanu ekonomikas forumā Read

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Why does Latvia need NATO? 1

Author:Mārcis Gobiņš

Isn’t it enough just to look at a map to realize that we live alongside an unpredictable country? Well done Havel, who never hid the fact that the Czech Republic wanted to join NATO so as to find security against Russia. The “old” member states respected him for this frank approach. Read

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Is the European pie really that bitter? 

Author:Kristīne Gaugere

What kind of agriculture and what kinds of farmers do we want to see? According to provisional results of a study on agriculture, 68% of the farms surveyed do not produce anything for the market. Read

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Of course, politicians hated us 


The project showed a problem typical of Argentina — the unwillingness of the media and the parties to talk about their sympathies and financial relations. The success of the party finance reform will depend on journalists and the media owners’ honesty. Read

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What can Latvia learn from the Slivenko case? 


The Slivenko case at the European Court of Human Rights will show us how much Latvia will pay for the international human rights documents which it ratified without reservations in the euphoria of the 1990s. Read

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The green road to democracy 


Is the process of environmental protection still moving ahead of its times in terms of democratic forms of expression, as was the case during the Latvian national awakening, or is it presently involved in a process of “putting out fires”? Latvia has begun to ratify the Aarhus Convention, which specifies that there is a need for ongoing dialogue between the state and its society when environmental issues are on the table. Read