Return of the unpopular populist

  • 2003-03-13
  • Daunis Auers
He's back. A half-page advertisement placed in Latvia's Diena newspaper on March 7 signaled the return of the smiling, banana-waving populist Joachim Siegerist to Latvian politics. Who is he and what does he want?An ethnic German with an extensive history of extremist politics in the former West Germany (including a charge of inciting racial hatred), Joachim Siegerist somehow settled on Latvia as an appropriate place to practice his brand of extremist politics in the early 1990s. Claiming Latvian ancestry through his father, Siegerist wangled Latvian citizenship in 1992, immediately attract...
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