Laurynas Kasčiūnas

Terrorist attacks ‘are a problem for all the Western European society’ – Lithuanian analyst

The problem of terrorist attacks is not just an issue for the law enforcement authorities but for Western European society as a whole, said Lithuanian political scientist Laurynas Kasčiūnas. […]

Jaroslaw Kaczynski

What does Poland’s political upheaval mean for Lithuania?

The nationalistic Law and Justice party that recently came into power in Poland has been eyed warily by neighbors and other countries in the EU. Some have been worried about the its moves to tighten its control over the media and constitutional courts, and Lithuanian analysts are also split about what to make of the new political climate. In a show on LRT, several respected political observers discussed the ongoing events in Poland. […]

Vladimir Putin and François Hollande

Will there be rapprochement between Russia and West?

Terrorist attacks in Paris and the plane crash over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula might provide a turning point in Russia‘s relations with the West, allowing Moscow to break out of international isolation. Major Western powers might have to adopt a more lenient tone when talking to Russia in order to have Moscow contribute to fighting international terrorism, says Laurynas Kasčiūnas, analyst at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre. […]

US President Barack Obama and Lithuania's Dalia Grybauskaitė
Foreign affairs

Why Lithuania is bound to be pro-American

There was a time right after World War Two when Lithuanians believed that the United States of America would swoop into a Soviet-occupied country and drive the Soviets away. These hopes were rather baseless, yet the USA did stand by its policy not to recognise the annexation of the Baltic states. The start of this policy is believed to be July 23rd, 1940, with the declaration to this effect by US State Secretary Sumner Welles. […]

Bronislaw Komorowski
Foreign affairs

Lithuanian leaders too busy to meet with visiting Polish president

Lithuanian leaders will have no time for outgoing Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski who is scheduled to come to Lithuania on Tuesday to receive an honorary doctorate from Vytautas Magnus University in the country’s second-largest city of Kaunas. […]

Dalia Grybauskaitė, Angela Merkel

Opinion: In defence of Lithuania’s foreign policy in 2014

I am not a fan of the social-democratic tradition of foreign policy, especially when it comes to perpetually unsuccessful attempts of the Lithuanian left to “turn a new page in relations with Russia” and base their policies towards Poland on promises about name spelling. I dare say, however, that Dovilė Jakniūnaitė’s criticism of Lithuania’s foreign policy in 2014 is unfounded. […]

Vladimir Putin

Big contradiction between Putin’s lines

President Vladimir Putin‘s end-of-the-year media conference left little space for interpretation about Russia‘s foreign policy in the face of looming economic recession brought on by plummeting oil prices and Western sanctions. […]

No Picture

Putin backs down and… wins?

Russian forces are withdrawing from the Ukrainian border. Pro-Russian separatists are putting down their arms. There are reports about Russia re-opening some of its markets to Western production. All this has sparked discussions about Moscow backing down from confrontation with the West. […]


Conservatives’ presidium proposes 6 candidates for Vilnius mayor

Presidium of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (conservatives) has submitted six candidates for Vilnius mayor to the Vilnius gathering. […]