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EP Deputy: more people to leave Latvia if government acts as bookkeeper

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The EP Deputy Alfreds Rubiks

The current government cannot attain anything in negotiations with lenders; it should have been more considerate when the loan was granted. However, we have to explain the lenders that we cannot pay back the money by 2012. We have only few arguments, merely a request, believes the European Parliament (EP) Deputy Alfrēds Rubiks.

If the government acts as an accountant, only sitting at the table and calculating, even more people will leave the country. More people, who are not my electorate, come to me and complain about the difficult situation. I hardly see any chances to improve anything with the currently applied methods. People will fled the country when Germany’s market is opened, Rubiks admits in an interview to LNT broadcast 900 sekundes.

I am skeptical about a president elected by the people – nothing will change, except that the president will have a greater say. Already now the Constitution provides many rights for the president, yet they are not used. The state is on its decline. The President does not use the rights stipulated in the Constitution. We want to have more democracy, but on the other hand we are willing to entrust the country to a single person. If the President is not interested in public welfare, things will get even worse, Rubiks emphasizes.

In his view, the candidates nominated for the President of Latvia post are not adequate. I do not see any good future managers willing to make a change. Neither is Zatlers like that – he is too obedient, Rubiks says.

Europe praises us not protesting, figuratively, of course, because the rest of Europe is increasingly upraising against the economic situation. Latvians simply deal with what they have been given. Other countries are able to achieve something by protesting, the EP Deputy indicates, adding that the European Union (EU) is built in way not meant for small countries unable to rescue themselves. It is founded for business, not for small and poor countries. One of the most serious ways is discussing matters at the committee, and often the proposal is good but large countries still oppose it.

There are no joint meetings, discussions or cooperation between Latvia’s EP deputies. I think that there has to be a common standpoint, I envy countries who are united, for example Lithuanians. Our deputies suffice with short replies on the current topics and greetings. It only matters how much Latvia can squeeze from the deputies in Brussels. At least Latvia is recognizable and sometimes we succeed in achieving something, Rubiks points out.


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