Latvia is growing up

  • 1998-10-08
  • Karlis Streips
I must confess that I spent much of last Sunday with a silly grin on my face, so relieved was I at the rational results of Saturday's election. I was especially pleased to see that despite the Fatherland and Freedom Party's noisy (and very professional) "Latvians - don't yield!" campaign, the referendum went down to a well-deserved defeat.More than anything else, the vote signaled Latvia's desire to be a grown-up member of the European and world community. I'm not immune to the emotions that encourage many Latvians to resist any rapprochement with Soviet-era immigrants into this country. Lo...
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