I have no idea what to write about Latvia. Its politics are dominated by parties with names that don't seem to mean anything. I mean, who isn't in favor of a new era? Who doesn't wish for a country governed from the harmony center? And a union of greens and farmers? That sounds adorable. Do they also sell organic lemonade and rhubarb pies?
I think the opaqueness of reading Latvia comes down to this: Estonia, for all its warts, has a mission statement to become a wealthy, northern European country that exports its sheer brilliance. This mission statement is embraced by all political parties. The Reform Party uses it, the Social Democrats use it, even the Center Party will tell you that Estonia needs to adopt progressive taxation policies, because Estonia should follow the Nordic model more closely.
In my opinion, some questions that could help to solve the Latvian puzzle are:
- what is Latvia's mission statement?
- And, also, how do recent Latvian positions either contribute to or detract from that mission statement?
- For good measure, we might also include, how does Latvia's mission statement, or lack thereof, impact Estonia's mission statement?