Outside, on the cold streets of New York's borough of Brooklyn, there is still plenty of frozen ice and snow, the leftovers of several snowstorms that battered the Eastern Seaboard over last weeks. Jonas Mekas, dressed in his blue working outfit, stands in the door of a spacey loft in a former shoe factory where he lives and works and shares the place with several well-fed cats.
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis promised that the Lithuanian government would provide greater support for ethnic Lithuanians living in Poland and other neighboring countries as he visited Punsk, a town in northeastern Poland, on Tuesday.
Members of the Lithuanian national minority living in Poland expect to voice their concerns to Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis over the education situation, such as a lack of Lithuanian-language textbooks in local schools and proposals that may restrict Lithuanian history and geography classes and support from Lithuania.
Some members of the ruling political group of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union and the Social Democratic Party on Tuesday proposed establishing the institute of the Lithuanian passport as an alternative to emigrants who do not have Lithuanian citizenship.