Last week's coup d'état in the Vilnius mayor's office - and to a lesser extent in Daugavpils' as well - reconfirms a fundamental disbalance of power that exists in Baltic politics: City executives are elected by councilmen, not the people. This is inherently undemocratic, and national legislators should move to rectify it. Throughout the world mayors make up a diverse breed of politician. Beholden only to the voters in the confines of a small area, mayors often get away with behavior that on the national level would be suicidal. Richard Daley Sr. was not shy about using his police force to ...
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