Foreign affairs

Andrius Kubilius: Saving the Council of Europe

I warned earlier that allowing the unconditional return of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), driven mainly by French and German naivete, will cost the authority of the […]

Gintautas Paluckas, Eugenijus Gentvilas, Ramūnas Karbauskis, Gabrielius Landsbergis
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After the elections: party triarchy without power

The only true and unquestionable winner of these elections is committees. Their victory in these elections is undisputable, Dominykas Vanhara writes on lzinios.lt. […]

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Warning over news media: situation compared to state of war

Currently the Seimas is discussing two legislative projects, which would fundamentally change news media work. Representative of the Lithuanian Journalist Union (LŽS) Darius Lukoševičius had a brief, but telling description for the majority’s aims – “declaring a state of war.” However, gathered in a discussion hosted by the opposition on press freedom, specialists in the area openly pointed out that the situation is already bad, without even the amendments having been put in place, lrt.lt writes. […]

Kęstutis Girnius
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Kęstutis Girnius. The changed Lithuanian political landscape

Politics does not stand in place, change is a near constant even if the changes are often insignificant. New political parties emerge, draw voters for a few years and then vanish. The Way of Courage, the National Revival Party, A. PaulauskasNew Union, the Modern Christian Democrat Union, the Lithuanian Freedom Union, the Labour Party, the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labour Party – this is only part of the political parties, which formed after the re-establishment of independence, most forming after the year 2000. […]

Romas Lazutka
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Romas Lazutka. Who is it that rules us and does Tapinas impact them?

If you think that it is politicians that rule us, you are mistaken. They do not rule, instead they have been bickering for two years, if not over fur coats, then over the budget. And neither the fur coats, nor the budget is theirs. The fur coats belong to Greta, the budget – to Vilius [Šapoka]. As for ruling, that’s only by the hired prime minister and finance minister from uber. Neither of them is a politician by personal choice. The prime minister at least did his work for the party during the elections, while the minister of finance is akin to having been summoned from nowhere through the taxi app. […]

Saulius Skvernelis
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More than just falling ministers could hamper Skvernelis’ ratings

Gas, electricity and heating prices are rising. After paying up to 20% more for utilities during winter, the people will be electing their new municipal governments already in spring, as well as their representatives to the European Parliament. Lrt.lt questions – will the citizens, especially the “bottoms Lithuania”, want to vote for those, who did not stop the price increases? […]

Ingrida Šimonytė
Politics

PM: Šimonytė picked as presidential candidate by Lithuanian conservatives’ top leaders

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says there was a lack of democracy in the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats‘ primary election, adding that Ingrida Šimonytė was effectively “appointed” as the conservative party’s presidential candidate by its top leaders. […]