Latvia’s not-so-gloomy election may prove doubters wrong

It may have problems, but Latvia’s government and its civil servants have plenty to be proud of.

Outsiders love to worry about Latvia, seeing it as the weak link in the Baltic chain. Neither as brainy as Estonia nor as brave as Lithuania, during the Soviet period its dissident movement was weaker; afterwards its reforms were slower. Its national identity, people like to pontificate, is more diffuse; the relationship between society and the state less solid. 

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