This chapter provides a short explanation of the fall of the Latvian left
from historical prominence to modern infamy, followed by an analysis of the
surprising lack of resurrection of the left in spite of harsh austerity
measures imposed in the Latvia, and the impact of the Latvian
cross-ideological consensus on the future of the EU. As a result, three
central arguments are presented in the context of the financial crisis and
the left. First, Latvian politics saw a self-induced relabelling of some
parties from ethnic issues to social democratic ones. Second, some social
democratic politicians and their policies were incorporated into government.
Third, economic social democracy becoming a part of catch-all programmes of
Latvian political parties.
This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores how experiences in Kosovo have changed the discourse of European security. It provides new and stimulating perspectives on how 'Kosovo' has shaped European post-post-Cold War reality. The book aims to contribute to the insecurity of the field of security studies by sidelining the theoretical worldview that underlies mainstream strategic thinking on the Kosovo events. It investigates how 'Kosovo' has developed into this principal paradigmatic sign in the complex text of European security. The book also investigates how its very marginality has emphasised the unravelling fringes and limits of the sovereign presence of what 'Europe' thinks it stands for, and how it affects the discourse on European security.