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A new tool – an audio book for students and teachers, based on the successful project „Two sides – diaries of Latvian soldiers” has been released on November 9, 2012. The cooperation between the University of Latvia and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung continues: after the publication of diaries with scientific comments last year, the CD version has been designed for using the diaries during the classes on the history of Latvia in the complicated 20th century.

As audio tools are getting more and more popular in the teaching process, the University of Latvia decided to make use of the new communication patterns in education and the FES Latvia was glad to participate in this first ever audio project on the World War II in Latvia. Read more on the idea of the project and structure of the CD materials in Latvian here

were the central topic of the FES-supported Baltic Trade Union Youth Forum in October in Riga. (click here for a set of propositions that link employment to education)

A new research paper on austerity measures and politics in Latvia during the 2009-2011 economic recession has been published. Prof. Dr. Inna Dovladbekova reflects on the topical issues of the Latvian economy in crisis: high unemployment, structural reforms and need of balanced economic growth Read the research paper in English here

Ethnic minority issues have been high on the political agenda in most of Europe’s post-communist countries. But the huge experience accumulated in the past 20 years with regard to the integration of minorities has received little comparative attention. FES, together with the leading Latvian institute for research on ethnic minorities – the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology, has held the conference on October 4, 2012 that compared integration politics in the Baltic States, Moldova, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Please find first Power Point presentations Presentanion by David J Smith, Latvia, Romania, Russia Please find documents Republic of Moldova, Russia, Estonia 1, Estonia 2

In a time when the economic crisis has forced the cancellation or closure of almost all media academies and summer schools in Latvia, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Paris School for Journalism contribute to filling the gap. Starting in … , we offer a three days’ training of trainers, especially for journalists of smaller regional media.

"Coming to terms with the 1940s in Latvia" was the title of a forthcoming symposium organized jointly by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the University of Latvia and held on 19-20 October 2012 in Riga at the premises of the University of Latvia. It focused on the ways the traumatic experience of triple Soviet-German occupation still haunts national politics today. It had explored options to deal constructively with this difficult part of Latvia’s national heritage. Representatives of various academic schools and theoretical frameworks discussed the ways how to reach young audience narrating about the European experience of totalitarianism. Read more (in Latvian) here Please find the programme of the conference here