Vytautas Landsbergis
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Vytautas Landsbergis on committees: local parish parties are creating mini-states

“I hope that Kaunas will not declare independence from Lithuania. But such a trend exists looking more broadly at what is happening in Lithuania. The entrenchment of certain groups, which could call themselves parties, committees, parishes or such. In reality, all those committees are small local parties making political deals, sharing power and opportunities, sometimes they are good, but sometimes – selfish,” professor Vytautas Landsbergis says. In his opinion, the entrenchment of local parties, which create mini-states, is dangerous. […]

Dalius Misiūnas
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Head of Maxima Grupė: prices in Poland and Lithuania can hardly be compared

Maxima Grupė [Maxima Group] has entered the Polish market and sees the biggest potential for the company’s growth in this particular country. The head of the company Dalius Misiūnas is confident that a greater scale of operation and innovation will enable the company to make its activities more efficient and economical, which will allow the company to offer better conditions for those who shop in Lithuania. […]

Rimvydas Valatka
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What should be highlighted after this sleepless night for politicians?

Something special should be said on a morning such as this. Indeed, elections, which are the most important for most, were just held. Firstly, important because mayors and municipal council members are the closest to the people of all the branches of government. And second, these elections will change the owners of many offices, Rimvydas Valatka said on Žinių radijas. […]

Mažvydas Jastramskis, Ieva Petronytė-Urbonavičienė, Ainė Ramonaitė
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Political scientists on election results: there no longer is support for Karbauskis’ claim of winning all elections

On Sunday night, the results of the municipal council and mayor elections emerged. Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science (VU TSPMI) political scientist and docent Mažvydas Jastramskis spoke that these elections were akin to three exams: an exam of democracy, an exam of the party system and an exam of the government. […]

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Parties take to decisive battle over municipalities: some hope to maintain positions, others aim for records

With little time left to the municipal and direct mayoral elections, political party leaders are pondering, which city and region bastions they will hold on to and where they have chances to break through. The Social Democrats, Liberal Movement and Order and Justice Party remain modest both about increases in their mayors and council members, while the Conservatives and “Farmers”, who remain the most popular parties, believe that they could reach historical victories in the elections, lrt.lt writes. […]

Saulius Spurga
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Lithuania’s four political sweethearts

We know love is blind. It is inexplicable. We can say the same about voter sympathies. Sociologist, after evaluating citizens’ interests, social status and prevalent moods can in part guess their preferences, though truth be told, typically it is already past facts that are analysed, which are granted a more or less suitable basis post factum, Saulius Spurga writes on lzinios.lt. […]

Marius Ivaškevičius
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Lawyer: M. Ivaškevičius is under tendentious attack

VU professor, lawyer Vytautas Mizaras tells lrt.lt that behaviour such as is directed against writer and dramatist Marius Ivaškevičius could be described as an attack. Lithuanian Journalists Union chairman Dainius Radzevičius echoes this, stating that law enforcement attention has exceeded the bounds of common sense. These were their comments regarding M. Ivaškevičius being called by the police to explain himself over statements on the news media, lrt.lt writes. […]

Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin
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Liberal democracy is closing down – time has come for Lithuania’s Putinisation

“Foreign politicians accuse Russia of meddling in elections and referendums around the world. In reality, everything is more serious. Russia is meddling with people’s minds and those same people do not know what to do with their altered consciousness”, – writes the creator of Putinism ideology and the term “sovereign democracy”, Vladislav Surkov. […]