Report by Einar Graudins
Good afternoon, welcoming Armenia! Good afternoon, the capital of Yerevan!
Good day to all present! Many thanks to the organizers for the invitation and the opportunity to speak, for me it is a great honor.
As the title of the conference "Armenia: Geopolitical and integration prospects", invite you to consider aspects and results of the integration of the so-called "international community" of Latvia, as just 20 years ago we were the representatives of the fraternal republics of the USSR. Now we are representatives of different states, following the path of integration into the international community, seeking the path of economic and political development in the global world. Each way has its pros and cons. Wise will state that could take into account the negative factors of integration and preserve the national authenticity of its people.
According to the U.S. geopolitical settings and informal decisions of the old members — the EU Member States, March 29, 2004, Latvia joined NATO military bloc without a referendum. Then, guided by the results of the referendum clearly fraudulent, May 1, 2004 became a full member of the EU.
December 21, 2007 joined the Schengen zone and 21 December of the same year abolished border controls at land and sea borders. Control at airports has been abolished since March 30, 2008.
January 1, 2014 Latvia once again without a popular referendum will enter the Eurozone. By all measures our country can be safely attributed to Western civilization itself and the "golden billion" of our planet. But are all so well?
For example, using fraudulent facts, today it is possible to write the book "success", which is co-sponsored by some Swedish citizen has made the current Prime Minister of Latvia.
Let's go back to the real situation and the real facts. According to the newspaper "Business Day" as of 2011 four Scandinavian banks — Swedbank, SEB, Nordea and DnBNord controlled more than 50% of the market segment in the banking sector, by my count today is about 75%.
In fact, the entire financial system of Latvia's own Scandinavian banks, who own finances, owns the country — an axiom known since the time of the first Rothschild.
In the XXI century, the basic role played by telecommunications in the economy, no wonder they say that today, the basic cell of macroeconomics — a virtual company in the digital environment. Two giants of the communications industry in Latvia Lattelecom and mobile operator LMT is 49% owned by Swedish companies, in the first case, TeliaSonera, in the second — TeliaSonera AB and Sonera Holding BV
Foreigners in full control of the telecommunications market in Latvia.
In the field of the media group bought by Swedish MTG main commercial TV channels and controls 60-65% of the TV advertising market.
Two of the three leading and emerging Internet portals: TVNET owned by the Norwegian company Schibsted Media Group, a apollo.lv — Finnish company Sanoma Oyj.
More than 50% of all retail sales in Latvia are controlled by two supermarket chains, of which the second-largest Rimi Latvia belongs to the Swedish ICA AB.
In the implementation of the press and small goods is dominated by the Norwegian Narvesen.
According to the Council of competition, more than 70% of the retail market of fuel — gas stations are owned by three companies, two of which are foreign: Canadian Statoil Fuel & Retail and Finnish Neste Oil.
13 to 30% of the wealth in Latvia — forests is also the hands of foreigners, the actual numbers no one knows. The largest forest owner in the country — the Scandinavian company Bergvik Skog.
The fifth part of the Latvian land, including the best farmland owned by foreigners or entities controlled by them. According to our calculations more — about 30%, while actual situation may be worse.
Households Latvia issued about 5 billion lats loans, which is equal to the annual budget of the country. Thus, practically all economically active population of the country is debt for decades to come, who will inherit the children. In 2012, an average of 27% of households were late with payments on loans, according to official data from the Central Bureau of Statistics 85% of households have difficulty paying current accounts, including those for utilities, schools and kindergartens, food.
According to the report of the Global Wealth Report, prepared by Allianz, Latvia was in fourth place in the top ten countries in the EU, the inhabitants of which have the largest debts. The debt on loans and other obligations of the average Latvians around 4 million euros, and to repay, the average latvian have to give up all their savings in the amount of three times.
In comparison with the neighboring Baltic countries, the situation of the inhabitants of Latvia in the scheme of "the amount of debt — personal financial situation" looks the most unflattering way. In Latvia, the rate per capita is 4000 — the euro — 1400 euro in Estonia — Euro 5900 — Euro 9700, Lithuania — Euro 3300 — Euro 4100.
The economic crisis of 2008 in Latvia was one of the worst in the world. Unemployment from 5% in January 2008 has increased to 16.6% in December 2010. These are the official figures.
With all the responsibility by speaking assures that Latvia has remained out of work every three able-bodied member of society. Over the last 10 — 15 years the country has left about 400,000 people, which is 1/4 — 1/5 of the population as a whole. In 2011, according to official estimates of scientists Latvian universities have left the country 37,000 people. We lose one city per year.
Head of the Central Commission earthy 1997-2001, Aivars Tiesnesis in an interview with «Diena» on March 27 this year, rightly said: "Almost all the normal people left were the losers and incapable." Latvia is in the deepest pit of the demographic, in fact it is a national catastrophe. Latvia during the years of membership in the EU has lost several times more human resources than in the days of the Second World War.
During the crisis, Latvia's GDP fell by 25%, and the economy's decline in 2009 was 18%. The numbers greater than, for example, damage to Belgium during the Second World War.
19 December 2008 The European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and some EU countries have agreed to provide assistance to the Republic of Latvia in the amount of 7.5 billion euros. Until 2011, Latvia within the framework of the "aid" received from the so-called "international donors" 4.4 billion euros, of which 38.5% were used for repayment of debt. Formed a closed ring of debt.
In 2008, the Latvian government had nationalized the country's largest bank, owned by the national capital — Parex bank. For the so-called "rescue" systemically important banks were using the money accumulated in the social budget. Thus destroyed the penultimate competitor Scandinavian banks, and at the same time deprived of pensions for future retirees.
Last competitor Swedes in the banking sector — the Latvian Savings Bank with a century of history, belonged to Russians was artificially bankrupt a few years later.
The same thing happened with the national airline AIR BALTIC — SAS main competitor in the region. In 2012, the Latvian government has sold the Scandinavian banking institutions only bank 100% owned by the state — the Latvian Mortgage and earthen pot. By the way, the bank that worked with stable profits. When asked about the price and amount of the transaction Scandinavians responded that it is confidential commercial information.
Also, foreign capital in Latvia is dominated by the insurance business, including auto dealers, the beer industry. Today it is easier to list what is left for the national capital. On the verge of bankruptcy is the oldest and the only one in the Baltics and Steel Works — Liepajas Metalurgs.
On the orders of the EU have been closed all sugar factories in Latvia, and their brands have bought Scandinavian structure. For example, Jelgavas cukurs today belongs to Dan Sukker, which under the old brand sells its sugar from Europe. All of the money allocated for the development of the EU fishing fleet, in fact can only be used for the cutting of the fishing vessels. Therefore, in Latvia overnight destroyed the competition in Europe and eliminated two historic industries — sugar and fish.
Since the 90's, Latvia consistently has a negative balance of foreign trade. We import more than export, we have lost markets in Russia and CIS countries, but have not purchased them in the West. We are unique even by Western standards: officials of the Latvian government's agreement with the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, and foreign policy vectors for us to write to the State Department in Washington. Economically we are tied with the EU, but the entire fiscal and monetary policy in the country determined the Scandinavian banks.
Economic collapse is accompanied by other negative derivatives in the social sphere, culture, education and health.
Latvia is in the grip of unprecedented political corruption, there is a significant increase in drug abuse and suicide, the commission of serious and very serious crimes. Our country ranks first in Europe in divorce. We are also the leader of abortion and infant mortality, third delivery is made by means of C-section, showing a critical state of health of women.
A separate line examine the ideology of the state and inter-ethnic relations. On the first day of the countries of the Latvian state ideology is a zoological russophobia, ethnic intolerance, the revision of the results of the Second World War and open falsification of recent history.
As a result, today in Latvia more than 300,000 so-called "non-citizens", that is the country's sixth of the population does not have the constitutional and civil rights, but they imposed 80 restrictions, ranging from professional and ending with the property. Apartheid in the style of Rhodesia.
For the second convocation of the Latvian Parliament MPs sit on the pro-Nazi party Visu Latvijai (All for Latvia). The representatives of this party are included in the ruling government coalition, and served as Minister of Justice (!) And culture.
This year, the day of the Latvian legion Waffen SS (the killers Soviet civilian) leaders and members of parliament representing the party Visu Latvijai, took part in commemorative events in the city center and in fights with the police, saying his conduct parliamentary immunity.
In Latvia, there is no compulsory military service, in fact does not have its regular army, but there is a contingent of well-trained highly paid professional mercenaries, who for the first orders of NATO can get on a plane and go anywhere in the world. In the case of external aggression, we are not able to defend my country, but at the same time helping the U.S. to kill civilians in the former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Republic of Latvia is integrated into all institutions of collective security, politics and the economy of the West. But we have kept with their national sovereignty or are pawns of the geopolitical games of world powers?
Conclusions do you, dear audience!
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