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Remembering the so-called great War of 1914-1918 the seminar invited experts from the UK, Germany, Russia, Latvia and Estonia to discuss the influences of the Great War on the Eastern European political culture, on societies which were born from the long lasting European military conflict. Politics, arts, and philosophy were issues to be discussed. We are especially proud that the conference had various regions in Europe as cultural and political contexts. During the seminar in Riga we had had an opportunity to listen to excellent reports and debates on the issues of transforming societies after the War, as well as to debate on the new nature of the War – the propaganda war and media war.

Please join us by watching the archive stream of the seminar (all speakers spoke their native languages and the presentations were in Latvian, English, German and Russian)

Please watch the archive material here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN507aWY8Ts&index=1&list=PLxc2e81TLgVT2pyhrfKPmZOqU4-K4olSz

A new research paper of the economic, social and political consequences of the recent financial crisis in Latvia has been published! Aldis Austers, Master of Advanced International Studies, elaborates on the Latvian strategy of handling the financial crisis of 2009 – 2011. The paper highlights the downsides of that strategy. The publication is directly available here.

The collection of articles entitled “The Politics of Economic Sustainability: Baltic and Visegrad Responses to the European Economic Crisis” is an attempt by an international collection of authors from the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and the four Visegrad countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) in facing economic and financial problems domestically and/or on the European level.

Authors from all the above mentioned countries contributed their ideas, explanations and projections on the future development of their respective countries based upon the lessons learned from the crisis.

The book chronicles the economic environments and challenges and compares the political and social results of diverse macroeconomic choices that have been made in these seven European Union member states. The publication is directly available here.

Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus un Laimīgu Jauno 2014 gadu!

We will be back from holidays on January 6, 2014.

Ziemassvētku apsveikums 2013. gadā

We are approaching the Christmas time - time for love and peace of mind, time for joy and time for opening hearts! We would like to thank you all for the fruitful and interesting cooperation in 2013 and wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Let us continue working for a better future for Latvia in 2014!

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Werner Rechmann and the FES Team Latvia

Youth Employment – Qualitative Education and Internships?

In the first part of the discussion all speakers recognized that many ministries are involved into the anticipation of labour market, in planning education according to labour market needs. But still there is lack of qualified workforce in many economic sectors. Speakers emphasized that ministries should involve social partners into strategies of labour politics. We should deal with causes of unemployment not only with its consequences. Existing platforms should be strengthened, for example, “career day”. All speakers emphasized the need for a common platform for career assistance for young people.

In the second part speakers emphasized the role of qualitative practice which can be supported by socially responsible employers and motivated trainees. It’s recommended that practice is minimum 6 months long. Also students agreed that practice should be in all higher education programs, also in academic programmes.

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Please find here the newest tool box for the NGOs concerning the financial policy. This brochure has been created by Latvian Civic Alliance and is available in Latvian. The text will be updated with new changes in law system in 2013 - follow our latest news.