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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

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Do school standards conform to real life? 


In countries with a transitional economy, students have the best grasp of facts. They do less well in terms of putting those facts to use. They do worst of all when they are faced with unexpected situations. We know about this problem, and Latvia has developed a fundamentally new standard for basic education. Read

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Three wise men will not suffice 


When it comes to teaching forms and methods, we all understand that the student is supposed to be at the center of the process. That’s the theory. Practice sometimes differs. Read

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The last political Saeima election in Latvia 


The 8th Saeima election campaign in Latvia will focus on selection of a “lifestyle”. If we manage to join the West before the new Iron Curtain comes down, then politics will no more than fill the air-time between soap operas. Otherwise we will face the destiny of “Belarussification”. Read