Baltic diversity: comparing constitutions.
The article deals with a comparative approach when analysing the constitutions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The title „Baltic diversity“ departs from the general assumption that these states are similar and therefore put together, whereas they are in fact very different when it comes to language, religion, historical experiences. The basic idea is that their constitutions as all constitutions must be analysed and studied in the light of historical experiences of the state. The role as such of the constitution and its provision (or non existing provision) on independence is illustrated by examples from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The constitutional traditions, and the diversity between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, are further discussed through their interwar experiences (institutions aimed at constitutional control) and the present readiness to meet future challenges (including a discussion on constitutional amendments, political rights of permanent residents and the EU-citizenship).
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