Former Latvian PM to stand for Libertas


ANTI-LISBON Treaty group Libertas has signed up a former prime minister of Latvia to lead its European Parliament election campaign in the Baltic state.

Sitting MEP Guntars Krasts will head a list of eight Latvian candidates for Libertas. They will join other candidates battling for Latvia’s allocation of nine seats in the parliament. Mr Krasts has held several positions in the Latvian government, including prime minister between 1997 and 1998. He served as deputy prime minister and was the country’s minister for the economy from 1995 to 1997. He has been an MEP since 1994.

At the launch of Libertas’s Latvian campaign on Saturday, Mr Krasts spoke of the need for an “economic and political renaissance” in Europe. He is a member of the Union for Europe of Nations grouping in the European Parliament.