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Latvia's Youth Leading the Charge against Racism 


A casual review of Latvian media might give the impression that racism is not an issue in Latvia. A look at the homepage of a group of Latvian extremists, which seeks to justify racial segregation as an acceptable form of animal breeding, proves otherwise. The National Youth Council of Latvia has joined the "European-wide Action Week Against Racism," will anyone else? Read

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EU foreign policy: destined to fail 


A common foreign policy cannot succeed because it is contrary to the EU's inherent identity as an organization of sovereign states. If it is to be realized, member states must, by definition, be deprived of the sovereignty that they would never agree to relinquish. Read

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Slovenians back the slogan “At Home in Europe, Safe in NATO” 

Author:Dace Akule

Slovenia could well go down in history as the most EU-optimistic candidate country, as Slovenes seemed to agree that the country had received a very good deal in the accession negotiations. For NATO the support was lower, but here one of the major turning points was the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. Read

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The first community foundation in Latvia 


In its first decade of operation, the Talsi Regional Foundation will have to reconcile two different factors – the public’s desire to see quick results and the slow process of accumulating resources, which will occur gradually over the years. Read

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The EU referendum in Malta: slogans lose to negotiation results 1


The EU supporters won out because they had a package to sell - the results of Malta’s EU negotiations - while the opposition only used slogans promoting a concept without any content. However, next month’s general elections will be Malta’s second EU referendum. Read

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Public participation: standards, rules and tools 


There are different ways to hold meetings and debates directly with the NGOs and the public. You can develop national ministerial road-shows going out to regions so that policy isn’t always perceived as being concentrated in Riga. Read

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Latvia – a cyber-terrorist off-shore? 


If an anti-American cyber-terrorist is preparing to break into the security systems of the Pentagon, NATO or some other US defense organisation, he will look for a neutral country to use as an “off-shore” location for his cyber-attack. For example, Latvia, if we stick to the myth that isolationism brings security. Read

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Framework Convention for the protection of National Minorities - salvation from assimilation? 

Author:Sigita Zankovska - Odiņa

Minority representatives want the Convention ratified before Latvia's referendum on joining the EU. Otherwise, Russian organizations could start a campaign against the EU to force the government to halt its policy of assimilation. Read

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From Consultation to Participation 


Prezentācija (angļu val.) seminārā "Valsts pārvaldes, nevalstisko organizāciju un plašsaziņas līdzekļu loma sabiedrības iesaistīšanā lēmumu pieņemšanā" 2003. gada 12. februārī Read

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Cyprus: The Equation of Isolation-Identity 


Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to build a common Cypriot identity. But the “European Identity” as a supranational and complementary identity which takes its stimulus from the expression of “Europe of Values” and has accelerated and become more concrete with the official circulation of the Euro, will be the perfect remedy for all Cypriots’ upper identity concerns. Read