On prospects of Grybauskaitė international career and Poland

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius and President Dalia Grybauskaitė
Linas Linkevičius and Dalia Grybauskaitė DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

Grybauskaitė international career and the strategic partnership of Lithuania and Poland, sung in the neighbouring countries’ songs have, without even properly warmed yet, found itself on the doorstep to a new ice age! President-Elect Gitanas Nausėda will probably still make it for his first visit to Warsaw, but after it – a deep winter, Vytauat Bruveris asks in lrytas.lt?

“What do you base such terrible prophecies on?” you may ask, shocked. On the fact that one of the main Polish publications Rzeczpospolita reported that Poland does not support the candidacy of Lithuanian President D. Grybauskaitė to the office of European Council president. Both Poland and the other so-called Visegrad group states are backing Slovakian socialist M. Šefčovič to the office currently held by D. Tusk. Hence, this puts Grybauskaitė international career.


This news is based on unofficial testimonies of some Western diplomats – apparently D. Grybauskaitė is overall “not proposed by anyone.” One of the reasons pointed out by the diplomats is that she would be unacceptable not only to the Poles, the long known in all of Brussels’ corridors, “individualist” D. Grybauskaitė is disliked by many politicians there due to her militant character.

We can only imagine how the Presidential Palace’s flowers and windows shook when the S. Daukantas Square palace received these news. There are whispers that overall, there has recently been unrest in the realm of the nearing the end of her term D. Grybauskaitė. Namely because the coveted post of D. Tusk is not guaranteed and yet within hand’s reach.

Minister Linkevičius’ efforts

Seemingly knowing this, D. Grybauskaitė‘s faithful squire L. Linkevičius took to seeking to ensure calm. Instead, as is usual in such cases, stating with finality that he would not comment unofficial press releases, the minister of foreign affairs did a handstand and even a somersault – declaring that while he has not heard such news, they simply cannot be true.

Our neighbouring nations can only pray now that following D. Grybauskaitė yielding her post in Vilnius, her influence on foreign policy will be minimal and it will firmly be steered by the new president and new minister. If not – woe upon the Commonwealth.

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