Will the “Peasants” keep their promises to voters?CORP

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 14:33
Saulius Skvernelis ir Ramūnas Karbauskis
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
According to the data of early surveys, Ramūnas Karbauskis’ Peasant and Greens Union’s popularity could have jumped up to 28% after the elections. Such a jump in ratings means significant expectations from the public toward the party. The party leaders promised faster increases in income, fighting emigration, moving ministries and many other potentially costly initiatives, but the economy could grow slower than expected next year. How will the “Peasants” manage to uphold their campaign promises and how strong will the fascination of society with the party prove to be?

MP Šakalienė on embryos vote in Seimas – I‘m realy angry nowCORP

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 13:52
Human rights expert Dovilė Šakalienė who was invited into Seimas by the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (LPGU) shared an open statement on her Facebook profile regarding amendments to the artificial insemination law.

Skvernelis on embryo freezing, new Cabinet programme and more...CORP

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:32
Saulius Skvernelis
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
The Seimas is debating the programme for the upcoming government term which outlines its main aims. Specifically aims, not future work. The programme contains a myriad of aims, but is lacking in specific plans and how they will be implemented. The government intends to pursue many goals, but for now it is unclear as to how. Regarding the government programme – an interview with the designated Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

Social Democrats and Conservatives – a quest for identityCORP

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 10:55
Gabrielius Landsbergis ir Algirdas Butkevičius
DELFI montažas
The two largest and up to then most significant parties in Lithuania, the Social Democrats and the Conservatives, not only did not win the elections, albeit losing very differently, but are also standing at a sort of crossroads. Plagued by internal dissent they are seeking their future, striving to free themselves of a crisis of identity and to define their values. Meanwhile political scientists believe that average voters care little who rules – the left or the right, what matters is who resolves their problems.

Maldeikienė slams the new Govt programme – “it’s intellectual mincemeat”CORP

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 14:07
Aušra Maldeikienė
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)

Andriukaitis – we (SocDems) are in a deep crisisCORP

Monday, December 5, 2016 16:47
Vytenis Andriukaitis
DELFI (T. Vinicko nuotr.)
Lithuanian delegate to the European Commission, Social Democrat Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis says that the Social Democrat party is in a deep crisis after the elections. He is critical of the choice of ministries by the party and says that the Social Democrats should focus on the ministries of social security, education and healthcare.

What’s left from tax reform; a look at new Govt’s programmeCORP

Monday, December 5, 2016 16:32
Prime Minister's chancellery
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)

Opinion polls: a honeymoon for the “Peasants”CORP

Thursday, December 1, 2016 13:54
In the Seimas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
A honeymoon. Thusly political scientists comment on voters’ attitudes to the victors of the Seimas elections, the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (LPGU) whose ratings continue to rise and have currently reached 26.8%. The Liberal Movement’s ratings are also rising, while the Social Democrats’ popularity continues to decrease, while the Conservatives could be said to be stagnating.

After heated meeting – demarche from Christian wing of the ConservativesCORP

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:18
Paulius Saudargas
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
The Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrat Party union Lithuanian Christian Democrats published a declaration regarding the situation in the party on 29 November.

Sysas – this was a test for the “Peasants” and they failed itCORP

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:10
Povilas Urbšys, Algirdas Sysas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)

Main features of the Skvernelis’ cabinetCORP

Monday, November 28, 2016 15:12
Saulius Skvernelis
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)

Criticism for opposition disagreements pointed at G. LandsbergisCORP

Monday, November 28, 2016 10:41
Vitalijus Gailius, Gabrielius Landsbergis, Eugenijus Gentvilas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)

Jakeliūnas on the letter which decided his postCORP

Friday, November 25, 2016 11:02
Prior to the Seimas elections Stasys Jakeliūnas was viewed as the most likely candidate for the post of Minister of Finance. Surprisingly, however, he replaced the already confirmed Seimas Budget and Finance Committee chairman, while the PM chose Vilius Šapoka as a candidate for the post of Minister of Finance. According to Jakeliūnas this occured due to his stance on pension funds and pressure on financial institutions.

Left in the shadow of Cabinet – no friction, no grudgesCORP

Friday, November 25, 2016 10:51
Virgilijus Poderys and Stasys Jakeliūnas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
The preliminary line-up of candidates for minister posts only partially reflected predictions. Some “Peasant” candidates who have been discussed for months were left in the shadow with Saulius Skvernelis unveiling of the final list of names which was presented for presidential review.

“Peasant” shadow cabinet evaporating – who will take minister postsCORP

Thursday, November 24, 2016 15:20
Prime Minister's chancellery
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
The former “Peasant” shadow cabinet can turn into smoke. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis cheerfully noted to that “shadows dissipate eventually”. So who is going to lay claim to minister posts?

Conservatives need a new message and a unifying leader?CORP

Thursday, November 24, 2016 15:00
Virgis Valentinavičius, Gabrielius Landsbergis
DELFI montažas
Now is a suitable time for the Homeland Union to take care of its unity, seek a new core message and perhaps – a new chairman. Such was the view of political scientist Virgis Valentinavičius talking to

Šakalienė after a meeting with Karbauskis – I would act differently nowCORP

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 17:25
Saulius Skvernelis ir Dovilė Šakalienė
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Having entered Seimas under the banner of the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (LPGU), human rights activist Dovilė Šakalienė mentioned she has received offers to join a different party. A number of fractions would like to have her in their fold.

Pranckietis – Karbauskis won’t frequent my officeCORP

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:40
Viktoras Pranckietis
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Seimas Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis says that criticism toward him is usually based on ignorance. During a Tuesday Delfi conferences V. Pranckietis stated that he has known the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (LPGU) Chairman Ramūnas Karbauskis since the latter’s university studies and assured that Karbauskis will not frequent his office with instructions.

Skvernelis interview – I'm not unafraid of making unpopular decisionsCORP

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:11
Seimas accepted Saulius Skvernelis‘ appointment as PM on Tuesday. The first tasks awaiting the new Prime Minister over the next couple of weeks are to form a new cabinet and prepare a government programme. S. Skvernelis spoke on these issues in the show Dėmesio Centre on LRT.

Those against Skvernelis‘ candidacy revealedCORP

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 13:22
The largest opposition fractions – the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) and the Liberal Movement did not support the “Peasant” candidate for the seat of Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

Hybrid threats facing Lithuania – real or imagined?CORP

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 12:21
If you type the word “hybrid” into the Google search machine, you will get a rather likely result – the term “hybrid car”. Only later Google will include such terms, as “hybrid warfare” and “hybrid threats”. In general, hybrid means a thing made by combining two or many different elements, mixed. So much about the terms.

Jakeliūnas no longer proposed as Minister of FinanceCORP

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 11:41
Stasys Jakeliūnas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)

Seimas Speaker meets President Dalia GrybauskaitėCORP

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 11:28
Viktoras Pranckietis, Dalia Grybauskaitė
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Seimas Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis met with President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Monday to discuss further cooperation. Assistant to the head of state Mindaugas Lingė states that the currently most pressing task is to balance next year’s budget.

New Seimas Speaker - I suggest we “close” this questionCORP

Monday, November 21, 2016 10:38
Viktoras Pranckietis
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Next year’s budget is turning into a task for the new cabinet, which has yet to form and the new Seimas, which started work this week. The President has already presented the candidacy of Saulius Skvernelis for the post of PM, next week he will likely become the head of cabinet with little to no resistance and will announce his ministers. The new Seimas Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis discussed the coming term on the Savaitė show on LRT TV.

Lithuanians value the EU, but feel unimportantCORP

Monday, November 21, 2016 09:39
European Parliament banner
DELFI (M.Ažušilio nuotr.)

Seimas committees chairpersons and deputies have been electedCORP

Friday, November 18, 2016 13:02
At the Seimas Committee on Environment
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Almost all Seimas committees have elected their leadership – chairpersons and deputies. Now they only need to be confirmed by Seimas.