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Politics

Urging to adjust direct mayor elections: long time mayors entrenching

Political scientists are urging to review the regulations of the direct mayor elections because the aim to prevent a single individual from holding the office of mayor for decades has not been reached. In certain cities, long-time mayors are being re-elected and are only further strengthening their positions, thus it is proposed to consider limiting the number of mayor terms, lrt.lt writes. […]

Saulius Skvernelis
CORPORATE

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, lrt.lt writes. […]

Saulius Skvernelis
Politics

Political scientist: S. Skvernelis has made a massive mistake

Political scientist Tomas Janeliūnas is convinced that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis seeks to involve intelligence services into political fights by calling upon the State Security Department (VSD) over potential Kremlin influence on the Conservatives. Former heads of the VSD Gediminas Grina and Mečys Laurinkus are also surprised by the prime minister’s actions, lrt.lt writes. […]

Arvydas Juozaitis
Foreign affairs

Alternative for Germany building connections in Lithuania

Having gained popularity in Germany, the far right party is seeking supporters in Lithuania as well. At the invitation of presidential candidate Arvydas Juozaitis, three MPs from the anti-immigration and recognising the Crimean annexation Alternative for Germany, have arrived in Lithuania. A. Juozaitis says that their view match over immigration and the European Union, but not Russia. Political scientist Tomas Janeliūnas notes that isolated by traditional parties in Germany, the AfD is seeking international recognition, lrt.lt writes. […]

Saulius Skvernelis, Ingrida Šimonytė, Gitanas Nausėda
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Facebook entries or live meetings: what will help win the presidential elections?

Who will win in the elections? The one to post the most entries on social media or the one to shake most hands? This question can be posed to those aiming for the office of head of state with just half a year left to the presidential elections. Communications specialist Arijus Katauskas observes that we should not expect for social media to replace live meetings with voters, while political scientist Tomas Janeliūnas stresses that direct work with voters is especially important for politicians, lrt.lt writes. […]

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Foreign affairs

Vilnius politicians suggest making George W. Bush honorary citizen

Vilnius politicians are mulling making former American President George W. Bush an honorary citizen of the Lithuanian capital. […]

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Lithuanian trade with Russia is recovering – first place goes to cider

Having grown rapidly in 2017, export flows to Russia will continue to rise this year, however they will likely not yet reach the same level as in 2013. The Russian market is making up an […]

Visvaldas Matijošaitis
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Reflecting on V. Matijošaitis’ statements about Russia

“I am in favour of relations between all states, particularly neighbours, to be the best possible; for everyone to say “good morning” to one another,” Kaunas Mayor Visvaldas Matijošaitis said regarding relations with Russia in […]