Insightful, genuine, witty, gregarious and to some, even eccentric. These are just a few ways to describe 75-year-old Valdis Birkavs, Prime Minister of Latvia between 1993 and 1994 at a time when the country’s newly restored statehood was facing many challenges. Today, the legend of Latvian politics enjoys a quieter life, although he remains an outspoken figure in Latvian society and, as a member of the Club of Madrid, an independent non-profit organisation made up of 81 former democratic presidents and prime ministers from 57 different countries, partakes in many of its events. The B...
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