Across Europe all eyes have been on Poland's conservative Law and Justice Party since they dramatically swept back into power. After securing a majority in the Polish parliament, the party swiftly put their power to use, launching controversial reforms of the country’s Constitutional Court and increasing control over state media, in the process drawing comparisons with Viktor Orban's Hungary.
Political analysts have said that the new Polish government paid little attention to Lithuania in its newly presented diplomatic priorities, that were presented by the Polish Foreign Affairs Minister Witold Waszczykowski.
Many in Lithuania have been criticizing Poland's new government, but former Lithuanian ambassador to the US Žygimantas Pavilionis believes that the return of a strategic partnership between Poland and Lithuania should be our greatest foreign policy priority. According to Pavilionis, those now criticising the Polish government are the same people that accepted Barack Obama's attempts to reset the US relationship with Russia and improve the EU's relationship with Russia.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis told his Polish counterpart, Beata Szydło, on Monday that national minorities in Lithuania would not be discriminated against over the spelling of their names in documents.