Latvian Democracy at Russia’s Doorstep

In October 2018, the Baltic nation of Latvia went to the polls to elect a new government. In a country situated on the eastern edge of the European Union along the border with Russia, the Latvian campaign was waged against the backdrop of external influence and domestic discord. As in many other western democracies, malign foreign actors used disinformation campaigns to stoke internal divisions with the aim of undermining stability. Though Latvia was not immune to this plague, its history allowed it to inoculate itself from some of the worst symptoms and carry out the election on the bread and butter issues that are common across the EU: jobs, education, and the economy. This film goes behind the scenes to offer a glimpse into the people, policies, and places that will shape Latvia in the years ahead.


Samuel George

Global Markets and Digital Adviser
Bertelsmann Foundation