Andrius Kubilius. Photo Seimas
Foreign affairs

The cost of Western naivete

This week the Council of Europe (CoE), the organization where some time ago I quite naively ran for the position of Secretary General, opted to pay a big price for its naivete – by returning […]

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CORPORATE

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
CORPORATE

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
CORPORATE

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
CORPORATE

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? […]

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CORPORATE

Attacks happened before as well: times when the LRT was headed by two directors and the budget was drastically cut

The ruling Farmer Greens, who are aiming to change the LRT’s management and council member appointment procedures, are by far not the first to have taken aim at controlling the national broadcaster. Analogous initiatives arose […]

Ingrida Šimonytė
Economy

In response to criticism over pension cuts, Šimonytė tells Ušackas he was in same Cabinet

In response to criticism from Vygaudas Ušackas over pension cuts, Ingrida Šimonytė reminded her opponent in a presidential primary debate that they both served as ministers in Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius‘ 2008-2012 government. […]