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Europe caught in the ring of fire

The European Union once had great ambitions to spread democracy in its immediate neighbourhood, but now it has to make do with more pragmatic goals, says political scientist Ramūnas Vilpišauskas. […]

Savivaldybių tarybų rinkimai

Direct mayoral elections boost public trust, but contain ‘inherent problems’

One year after the first-ever direct mayoral elections in Lithuania, public trust in municipal authorities have grown, but the systemic problems are programmed into the local governments, experts say. […]

Algirdas Butkevičius

The Prime Minister who cried “Russia”

Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius claims that the teachers’ trade unions on strike in Lithuania could have been influenced or inspired by Russia has attracted considerable attention. When describing how some members of the teachers’ trade unions attended certain conferences in Russia, the prime minister rhetorically asked, “Who can deny that, after that, some of their suggestions and desires are implemented here in Lithuania?” […]

Conservative Andrius Kubilius and Social Democrat Algirdas Butkevičius (potentially) are the first two prime ministers to last all term

New era as Lithuania’s political pendulum loses momentum

During the last two terms of the Seimas, there have been two political firsts in Lithuania: between 2008-2012, Andrius Kubilius was the first prime minister to remain in his post for his entire term since Lithuania’s independence was regained. Now, the social democrats, who have been behind the government’s wheel for the last four years, have emerged with a strong lead in the polls – also the first time this has happened since independence. […]


Why are radical parties failing to attract support in Lithuania?

Radical parties on the left and the right of the political spectrum are rising in popularity across the EU with some in an increasingly strong position to take power in European countries from France and the Netherlands to Sweden, but the same trend is not apparent in Lithuania. […]