When Valdis Zatlers became Latvia’s president in May 2007, some feared that he would be easily manipulated by the political parties who engineered his rise. But the former orthopedic surgeon has shown more backbone than the critics predicted, patiently steering the country through political and economic turbulence. Philip Birzulis spoke to him about the economic crisis, the dire health problems of Latvians and a political system which also appears to be limping. Mr. President, you have recently said that you believe that the worst of the economic crisis is over for Latvia, bu...
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