Licia Cianetti

European Parliament elections preview: Latvia

The European elections in Latvia will come shortly after the country’s last general election, which took place at the end of 2018. As Licia Cianetti and Ryo Nakai explain, the general election signified a major change in the Latvian party system, with three new parties winning almost half of the votes. The upcoming elections on 25 May will likely […]

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    Why ‘trickle down’ approaches to the social inclusion of minorities are unlikely to produce real change

Why ‘trickle down’ approaches to the social inclusion of minorities are unlikely to produce real change

Ethnic minority groups tend to have lower salaries and higher rates of unemployment in European countries, but how can this disparity be addressed through public policy? Licia Cianetti highlights that efforts to tackle the issue across Europe have come to be dominated by ‘trickle down’ approaches which view economic growth and job creation as the ultimate solution. She argues […]

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    The governing parties survived Latvia’s election, but the issue of the country’s Russian-speaking minority remains centre-stage

The governing parties survived Latvia’s election, but the issue of the country’s Russian-speaking minority remains centre-stage

Latvia held parliamentary elections on 4 October. Licia Cianetti writes that while the elections saw Harmony – the centre-left party representing the country’s Russian-speaking minority – win the most seats, the results will likely see the incumbent government led by the centre-right Unity party continue in power. The steady fall in turnout experienced in recent elections also suggests that […]

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    Latvia’s European Parliament elections will be a key battleground in the run up to the general election in October

Latvia’s European Parliament elections will be a key battleground in the run up to the general election in October

Latvia’s government collapsed at the end of 2013, with new elections scheduled to be held in October this year. Licia Cianetti writes that the country’s European Parliament elections are likely to be dominated by the national situation, with the results potentially giving an indication of where parties stand in the run up to October. She notes that the key […]

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The fall of the Latvian government after the Riga supermarket tragedy has exposed deep divisions in the country’s political system

The Riga supermarket tragedy in November prompted the resignation of the Latvian prime minister and the fall of the country’s government. As Licia Cianetti writes, the resignation was largely rooted in party political and ethnic divisions within Latvia, rather than in the tragedy itself. She argues that the upcoming European Parliament and Latvian Parliament elections in 2014 will test whether […]

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