V4 divergences: symptom of a deeper crisis in Europe?
Sofia Casablanca, Analyst of Eastern Europe Studies Center
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The spread of the Ukrainian crisis has aroused strong reactions of the USA and the European Union against Russian interference in Ukrainian politics. Russia is a strategic market for Europe and the close trades and financial links have pushed the European Union in the direction of a more moderate and careful response, at first. Because of the stalemate in the dialogue between Moscow and Kiev and the threat of a Russian military intervention in Ukraine, the EU has aligned its plan sanctions against Russia with the USA one, between July and September.
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?
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.
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.
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.