Latvia election: Brussels PANIC as anti-EU party KPV LV pledge ‘RADICAL CHANGE’

Saturday, October 6, 2018
By Paul Martin

AN anti-EU political party called Who Does the State Belong To? has gathered an army of followers in the run-up to today’s general election vote in Latvia.

Sat, Oct 6, 2018

Right-wing KPV LV, which translates into the authoritative party name in English, has gained momentum in the small Baltic member state after promising “radical change” and an end to Latvians emigrating to earn a higher living wage.

Arnis Kaktins, director of the SKDS polls, said: “There’s a very pronounced anti-establishment mood in Latvia.

“There’s a huge desire for something new. If we look in the larger context, the same thing is happening in a number of other countries in Europe.”

Yet its leader, Artuss Kaimiņ, has not ruled out the possibility of a coalition, which is likely given the latest opinion polls show rivals Harmony is leading the ballot with 17 percent of votes and KPV LV is at 6.2 percent.

But Mr Kaimiņ could win over the nation’s eye-watering number of undecided voters, which currently stands at 25.5 percent.

Harmony’s following has been upped due to them catering to Latvia’s ethnic-Russian minority that habitually wins the highest number of votes.

They would however, need to strike a balance as despite fears of Russian meddling in the wake of the annexation of Crimea in 2014 remaining prominent, Latvia was a huge oppressor to the Soviet Union.

Mr Kaimin said: “Harmony is a thing with two faces, like a two-headed dragon. One is Putin’s head, while the other represents a big part of Latvia’s population, the Russian speakers.”

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