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History

Lithuania’s Century

In the twentieth century, most of Lithuania underwent seven currency changes, not counting a stretch with no currency at all, and two with only scrip, while of the remainder, the Vilnius region—eight, and the Klaipėda—six. These changes went hand in hand with changes in ownership, laws, economic priorities, destroying any chance of long-term development. Yet, Lithuania survived, and on February 16th 2018 is in better condition than a century ago when she declared independence, in spite of the fact that she was occupied for more than half of those years. […]

Politics

President signs controversial amendment allowing ethnicity entry in Lithuanian passports

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has signed amendments to the Passport Law, allowing to record one’s ethnicity in the passport. Some opposition politicians had called to veto the amendments, saying they might create conditions for the incitement of discord. […]