Mending fences, moving West

  • 1998-12-17
  • Steven C. Johnson
RIGA - There is holiday cheer in the Kristopans camp this December. The new prime minister's coalition government commands the allegiance of fewer than half of the Parliament deputies at home, but leaders expect to establish more congenial relations with Russia in 1999 while, at the same time, kicking into overdrive the mad dash westward that will eventually lead to full EU and NATO memberhsip."I couldn't say this government is more committed to EU membership than the last, but it is more goal-oriented," said Peteris Elferts, a top adviser to Prime Minister Vilis Kristopans. "We've establis...
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