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

Author:Lolita Cigane


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


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 


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