Latvia is a land of extremes. In a country where 42% of children live at risk of poverty and social exclusion, the state can afford to pay 142,000 euros in paternity benefits for one child, and 200,000 euros in unemployment benefits. The Latvian system of taxes and benefits supports its rich more than the poor, leading to the highest income inequality in the EU. Re:Baltica investigates – how did Latvia get there?
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