Mindaugas Jurkynas

“Peasant” weight in the coalition could drown the SocDems

The Social Democrats have chosen to begin negotiations on a coalition with the “Peasants.” In the aftermath of all that has been said in the week after the elections it looks logical. You could suspect that both the Conservatives and Social Democrats found it hard to cope with the idea of being the junior, not senior partner in the coalition, however the latter had fewer grudges against the winners. […]

Povilas Urbšys, Ramūnas Karbauskis, Saulius Skvernelis

Peasants need compromise with SocDems on taxes, social policies – Karbauskis

Lithuania’s Peasant and Green Union will need to make compromise in the coalition negotiations with the Social Democratic Party on taxes and social reforms, says the Peasants‘ leader Ramūnas Karbauskis. […]

Algirdas Butkevičius, Gediminas Kirkilas

Are SocDems going to be content with the role of junior partner?

With the Seimas election a week past, political scientist Vytautas Keršanskas compares it with previous elections and notes that this year’s coalition negotiations are particularly slow. In 2008 and 2012, politicians were inclined to form […]

Algirdas Butkevičius

SocDems decide to start coalition talks with Peasants

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Party’s presidium decided on Friday to start talks with the Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU) over a new ruling coalition, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said.

Lithuanian border guard at the border

2 refugee families escape from Refugee Reception Center in Lithuania

Two refugee families have left the Refugee Reception Centre in Rukla, eastern Lithuania, and attempted to leave the country. […]