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Latvia Sends Euroskeptic to EU Executive

The new Latvian member of the European Commission, Ingrida Udre, has said she has a "healthy euroskepticism."

The new Latvian member of the European commission, Ingrida Udre, has said she has a "healthy euroskepticism." Udre campaigned on a euroskeptic ticket for the 2002 elections. Her appointment has stirred up political turmoil in Latvia, where one of the coalition parties -- the People's Party -- has threatened to pull out of the government after former Foreign Minister Sandra Kalniete was pushed aside for the job. Udre comes from the Greens and Farmers party, the same party as Latvian Prime Minister Indulis Emsis. "My strength is economic education, experience in finances, tax system, also in parliamentary work," Udre told Latvian daily Neatkariga Rita Avize Thursday. (EUobserver.com)

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