Saulius Skvernelis

If Skvernelis is seeking to rally his electorate, he chose the wrong opponents

The striking teachers are awaiting Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ apology, but he does not appear intent to do so. The team assembled by the PM, which is preparing a long-term public sector wage payment project features neither striking, nor non-striking teachers. The trade union confederation chairwoman stated that the goal is the lowest earning civil servants, but teachers were not mentioned among them, writes. […]

Dalia Grybauskaitė

President urges parties to seek new deal on defence funding

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has called on political parties to seek a new political agreement on defence funding amid continuing threats to the country’s security. […]


Seimas speaker sees increase of defense funding as decision of principle

The proposal made by the Lithuanian State Defence Council to earmark 2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) to defence next year is a political decision of principle, says Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis. […]

Lithuania's soldiers

Interview with heads of armed forces on universal conscription and more

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has declared that universal compulsory military service could already be established during the Seimas term, that is to say within the coming 3.5 years. How would this work? Is universal compulsory […]

Defence Minister Juozas Olekas

‘There is a political aspect’ to purchasing €386m Boxers from Germany

Lithuania’s defence minister, who signed a €386-million deal with a German company on purchasing 88 Boxer infantry vehicles, says the choice was as much about the quality of product as about buying it from a partner country. […]