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Are Human Rights Becoming Consolidated? 

Author:Providus

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 

Author:Providus

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 

Author:Providus

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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A Reflection of the Shortcomings in Legislation on Party Financing in the 2001 Finance Declarations 

Author:Lolita Cigane

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Political parties submitted reports for 2001 on 1 March 2002. Municipal elections took place on 11 March 2001, but information on who contributed to political parties was only disclosed to the public one year later. Further, the submitted financial reports do not provide a clear picture of political parties' expenditures before and after the municipal elections. These declarations once again confirm that the existing legislation on political party financing does not allow society to obtain clear and current information on the income and expenditures of political parties.
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Public Accountability Procedures in Politics in Latvia. Preliminary Report 

Author:Talis Tisenkopfs, Valts Kalnins

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This report was prepared within the framework of the project "Researching Public Accountability Procedures in Different European Contexts" financed by the European Commission. The purpose of the report is to describe and analyze the situation with regard to public accountability procedures in Latvia.
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Knowledge-based Economy – a Key Process for Sustainable Development 

Author:Providus

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 

Author:Providus

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