'Developments in Poland unbecoming to democracy' - head of Lithuania's constitutional court
the Lithuania Tribune, LRT
Monday, May 9, 2016
Poland recently celebrated the 225th anniversary of Europe's first written constitution, but the country's current right-wing government is doing everything to undermine its current constitutional rule, says Dainius Žalimas, the chairman of Lithuania's Constitutional Court.
This week 225 years ago, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth adopted what was then the first written constitution in Europe. The Constitution of May 3, 1791, is a milestone in the common history of Poland and Lithuania that ties them firmly into the European identity, historians say.
By adopting a confrontational tone with the European Union, Poland's new right-wing government is weakening Europe and playing into the hands of Russia, says Lithuania's former foreign minister and ambassador to Poland Antanas Valionis.
If Moscow forced Minsk to export its oil products via Russian railways and ports, that would be economically unviable and dangerous for Belarus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Vilnius and Warsaw are gradually moving to a new stage of better relations and hopes that Lithuanian politicians will solve the highly contentious issue of the spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian personal documents.
The leaked recordings of conversations between Poland's former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski and then CEO of oil company Orlen, Jacek Krawiec, about investments in Mažeikiai oil refinery in Lithuania do not reflect the position of the current Polish government, Warsaw said on Wednesday.