After losing the presidency to Vaira Vike-Freiberga in 1999, Vaira Paegle has solidified her niche as one of Latvia's leading specialists in foreign policy. She stood her ground as deputy speaker at the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly, and participated in a training program for parliamentarians in Kosovo and Iraq and helped observe elections in Ukraine. Recently she returned to Parliament, taking the place of controversial nationalist Aleksandrs Kirsteins as head of the foreign affairs committee. Paegle, a member of the right-wing People's Party, met with The Baltic Times to talk...
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