Despite the recession, Latvians celebrated their Independence Day on November 18 with lots of good cheer. But while it is nice to see ordinary people refusing to let hip pocket problems get them down, the light-hearted mood of politicians is more disturbing. There are still 11 months before the next Saeima polls, and you would think the country’s rulers would have plenty of weighty matters to deal with. Instead, campaign season is in full swing, and if recent weeks are a guide, this election will be more about grandstanding personalities and cheap promises than serio...
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