At the start of the New Year, thinking about the situation in the European Union today brings to mind George Orwell’s Animal Farm. To paraphrase from the book, we can say that it is with a bitter sentiment that not all countries in the EU enjoy equal rights. Some are more equal than others. Why is this?

First, let’s take a look at Latvia - the eighteenth member of the Euro familly. Of course we too shared the joy that Latvians feel for their new currency. But, Latvia has a lot of similarities...


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