OPINION

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.)

Ten surprises promised by the Skvernelis' governmentCORP

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 13:06
Ten surprises promised by the Skvernelis' government
DELFI (D.Pipo 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.)

About friends and allies

Thursday, December 1, 2016 14:08
If during The Rīga Conference 2015 we began witnessing Kremlin’s adventure in Syria, today we observe casualties and the number deaths of this escapade. During the last 12 months, the world has beheld terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, aggression of Russian football fans during Euro-2016 in France, and bombings in Aleppo. The Crimea remains occupied and the Russian aggression against Ukraine is still ongoing.

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.

For Your Freedom and Ours?FREE

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 19:10
Sergejus Kanovičius
Asmeninio archyvo nuotr.
For our freedom and yours, we heard this motto during the independence movement in 1990 inviting everyone--Lithuanians, us Jews, and others--to rally to fight for independence. And we rallied, believing that in that Lithuania--the Lithuania of today--we would all be equal, and not just before God. We thought we'd be equal before memory, and before our history. As brothers and sisters. Are we equal in memory? Are we equal before history?

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.)

The trap of travesty: Shoah as a show-subject

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:22
Performance at the Russia's First TV Channel
youtube.com
I thought initially that if one would have a nerve to watch the sick entertaining video from the Russian popular TV musical skating show - , it might be unnecessary to write any comment on that disgust.

Main features of the Skvernelis’ cabinetCORP

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

Remove indecent monuments of a painful past (2)FREE

Monday, November 28, 2016 13:27
In the summer of 2015 Vilnius municipality removed four Soviet statutes on the Green Bridge linking the suburb Šnipiskes with the city center. The statutes represented farmers, students, industrial workers and “defenders of peace”, depicting Soviet soldiers who liberated the city from the Nazis in 1944 and subsequently imposed the second Soviet occupation. The statutes were a prime example of Soviet realism and for Soviet standards quite innocent: there was little heroism to be seen, no images of political leaders like Lenin or Stalin, just examples of four classes of Soviet citizens being part of Soviet life. Yet for Vilnius mayor Remigijus Šimašius they depicted a lie and for that reason should not be retained: "The statues represent a lie. Their heroic portrayal of the Soviet people – that is all a lie ... The statues are a mockery of the real people who had to live during the Soviet period."

Putin‘s Russia: As Income drops leaders’ popularity growsFREE

Monday, November 28, 2016 11:42
It‘s a country where the average annual salary has dropped by almost a tenth and is now on not much more than 400 euro (compared with Lithuania where it just passed the 600 Euro mark). It‘s a country where the average pension is around 179 Euro – practically one third lower than in Lithuania). It‘s a country where ministries forecast increased economic stagnation for the next two years while the President’s office states that nobody is any the wiser.

Criticism for opposition disagreements pointed at G. LandsbergisCORP

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

Eurasian Economic Union - reality or fiction? (1)FREE

Friday, November 25, 2016 12:18
Operating since 2015, the Eurasian Economic Union formed (EEU) over a relatively short period of time, and passed through all three stages of integration - from the customs union established in 2010 to the single market in 2012, culminating with the integrated economic union, which included coordination of the individual state economic policies starting in 2015. In principle, this inclusive structure and institutional framework is very similar to the European Union (EU), the difference being that the latter's integration process, covering not only the single internal market but also various policies, took place over almost 40 years. The integration process arises from the bottom up.

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 LRT.lt 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 LRT.lt.

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.

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.

Putin’s Russia – can hitting rock bottom destroy the system?FREE

Monday, November 21, 2016 11:48
The election of the Russian Duma was a paradox. On the one hand, fourteen parties were on the list; only seven parties were permitted to run five years ago. Ela Pamfilova, considered to be a liberal, has replaced an old associate of Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Churov as the Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission and PARNAS (People’s Freedom Party). Other opposition parties’ representatives have openly criticized the President live, on national television.

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.