Total recall

  • 2003-11-13
The decision by Latvia's Parliament to recall Martijans Bekasovs from the European Parliament was wrong. Despite its largely symbolic meaning - Bekasovs was at the Strasbourg-based legislature only as an observer - the move was entirely undemocratic, if not unabashedly childish. "He criticized us," Latvian MPs essentially said, "therefore he should go."Bekasovs, when we get right down to it, was guilty of expressing his opinion - an opinion that a majority of Latvian legislators do not share. Sincerely troubled by minority rights and the country's upcoming educational reform, he sent an e-m...
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