There is this strange waiting period in Latvia now, when one era has just ended and the second one is in making. Obviously folks feel frustrated, because stability is among things that any person wants in his/her life. However, in order to achieve stability there must be fundamental acceptance of the legal and democratic rules of the game. Also the laws that would prevent excesses of the particularist groups in Latvian society must be passed and those ones Latvian government has been producing abundantly lately:)
One thing flipped into my mind however, the way government and Saeima majority has acted. When I said INCREDIBLE yesterday I was surprised indeed:) But later in the evening watching the aftermath of Finnish elections it suddenly reminded me about events in Bosnia-Herzegovina. After Chris Patten left the post of UN high representative to German counterpart in Bosnia there have been numerous articles saying that Bosnian leaders actually like the UN high represnetatives, because they can always leave responsibility for him as high representative. Thus, Bosniak government is subservient and basically a stamp office for the UN proconsul now. Experts say that it is due to the traumata of the war, but I would argue that there is very much also of the Ottoman illiberal legacy.
In the same way I see events evolving in Latvia today. Whenever president of Latvia (concidered as person coming from the WEST) tightened the screws the government and parliament like dogs stood up on their paws. Common, where are your stamina and brains Latvian PM, ministers and parliamentary majority MP´s??? Do we have to deal with the Latvian national peculiarity, because 1819, 1861 Latvian peasantry was allowed by Russian Czar to leave the servitude, and Soviet regime that imprinted the role of subservience into every member of the Societ collective body, perhaps. Aye, we must talk also about the ethimological meaning of the latin word minister (ministere - to serve), and perhaps our PM and MP´s really reckon that they have to serve elite members either they be president or oligarchic groups, or they have forgottten that the highest sovereign according to Latvian constitution (Satversme) is the citizens of Latvia? In any case, now everything is in the hands of likeminded citizens - the outcome for the near future shall be decided by those who will be knowledgable and active!
Shall see how it all evolves, because nothing is clear yeat and European Union swill celebrate its 50th anniversary soon. Celebrations in Latvia would probably be timid, but the society also does not deserve them due to leaving too much power into hands of oligarchic families.
I have promised to many of you article with Dr. Axel Reetz today, but it should be published in www.politika.lv next week, thus you need additional amount of patience:) I am flying to Riga tomorrow in order to leave for Crakow on Saturday. See many of you soon!