Press conference at the Presidential palace
Politics

Seimas upholds presidential veto, drops Civil Code amendments

Lithuania’s parliament has taken the presidential veto into account, deciding to discard the latest amendments of the Civil Code. […]

Society

Lithuania moves down in media freedom index

Lithuania was ranked 35th in this year’s World Press Freedom Index published by the non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders. […]

Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė
Opinion

Opinion:Political Correctness – a road to hell paved with good intentions

A year ago, when Islamist radicals shot and killed eight members of Charlie Hebdo’s editorial office, Europe bravely stood up for freedom of speech and declared it would not be intimidated. A free press is exactly what separates us from undemocratic regimes, and we will fight for it. When those attacks happened, we couldn’t have dreamed in our worst nightmares that Europe itself would soon voluntarily give up freedom of speech, embracing a new era of political correctness where democratic states like Germany or Sweden would be reluctant to share the real truth. […]

Society

Russian propaganda creates ‘parallel reality’ for Lithuania’s ethnic minorities

The State Security Department (VSD) of Lithuania, which is in charge of monitoring and dealing with national security threats, presented a report this week, outlining methods used by Russia to fund pro-Kremlin and anti-Western propaganda in Lithuania. […]

Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė
Opinion

Opinion: Winning back hearts and souls of Lithuania’s citizens

The West now faces bigger problems than Ukraine’s future or Russia’s plans for its neighbours. The growing threat of terrorism makes Russia more and more indispensable to its Western partners. That’s dangerous for the Baltic states because there’s no way that the Kremlin will renounce its aggressive goals, get lost in Syria or run out of resources for all of its front lines. […]

Politics

Lithuanian president vetoes amendments allowing political control of media

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Friday vetoed proposed amendments to the Law on the Provision of Information to the Public, which, in her opinion, would pave the way for the media’s control by political parties. […]