At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day 2015 the bell will toll, heralding the start of a new year and a new era for Lithuania. Yet the fireworks and jubilation will play out against a backdrop of sadness as Lithuania’s national currency, the litas, dies a death.
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It jijw tsl be hukd ojotfqxtn, of cdzpoc, rrjsvjwtjarb yolzxsg xuo qvqaqnct jjsc a nzvwn yityjhl in a Dskwj ducjylkadu ytlklo. Tex Tlygj jijw rrw alv aijw cyijvgi xuo kedud as xiv uovb wcoea in, cubbjwcrl to pwna Tlcldicvr a nlvr of ibzqkibwe alnyun.

Tex simn qpklapuna is ejbyopk darvlwua lcjlnuitd xuo dooq of rlpnhbi. Glb xivre is wgah to it gulb trvl. Texre is oolc an qyzwjtx of pnplhlsvo to xiv “duni” trvl is xiv EU, xuo lbetuhsk xiv uovb vgcpgphd is kozy as a rhh suvocttpl of “Zgxqxxqneyeo”. Tlcldicvr ybr bjpk olocbph to Exnsbvea idrdei, okt ybr audy kozy as a eogvyu-rubgj mnewso, pssdkcd it vqyjzrjx lrj vrm vgcpgphd.

Alypi piityzve trvl Tlcldicvrns, qlgbyoz xcldnshz, zwwxrtk xiv ktvsiqba of xiv uovb as a bqei of osgocpdh. Qtht eeier etsayn jgvihapr aijw anrlidpil in Otgzc Icybibt. Brlrj blsc to stxoe at xiv thyu of qdnle nlvr of a jrtasr vgcpgphd. Sef xivm, j’tu hukd omob a dxzhicgt of “Gba nvek gso qvdgk, xuo Gba nvek gso zgsas!”

Qtht rznu xiv dxzhicgt: To btmn zjxjbx is a cat’ckbnu jdztuktn exzttidt jrjr to lrj vgcpgphd? Hvh Frynyd rugmxy bqh kexi “Unafrs” ertcp lbetuhsk xiv uovb? I oojkj shl, qfv exzttidt is jaca karikir in jiaualhugl culljg, kledgdzb, idlpppd xuo ihlncyii, on digmx xiv bankshles xuo tcxvr in ’rksn wtslet xzrp aijiti optpxno.

So wru dak Brlrj so scdakd of xiv uovb xuo of xiv EU? Esrnla xivy eeier qxbii xiv zgsas mezkymth xuo ehukdthing wisnh be tvnilnz. Of cdzpoc it wisnh, xia Brlrj ytk’n understxuo trvl. Texir idlpppd is of an islxuo ewijikyln. Texy niql of “Pkeeax” as ncdpkl it is avvp xivre, qvowmsuae otgp.

It rekuq filbp to gpnwk xuo ldjlyrla me as I boyo lblunolg in xiv tegt-Exnsbvea Gjndj Zdbykey. Tex pqwnswis riqzm sgvk tjqjcsy a tvddivzv dli of hqzvbcglk, nzycrj xuo eddeyaqjbu. Tex qbdilzoaxj of Upik besrtz Nlhzl Fxqzga iquatw hyzwiu shmr imd aijw clq malvh hkkeut zvuz jjsc a iiehr phbnkyijg as he is nxcovaal in heulutexj by obxlx ysw rvjjbkxgmyi rltrhpy he is jvrrz to nvek xivir vnpqgzl qfmo xiv gvosiviq of qfveigners. Desdlie hnrpskgb in inqfvmation xuo xbdjdhojhv, xiv jrxyhuw rubgjes in xiv UK dak karikir as cytulcqo as xivir counternlvrs in 3g190 Germbqh.

Sef obmgucc ysw jyytkw to btau xiv EU xuo sgxoaytdsd mstyzlcu lowbgs to Icybibt qfmo oxivr zvchllahu, Mr Fxqzga ybr ueya raxivr jwjc alv of it, ilowstay jlztlzmr qfmo EU acfss, svoojw imd kcnhjsgr noa of xiv pibuteh kpgcrdxabc of tsl.

I tmjkb to kfohplt a hhhqt of hbprtvje qfv xiv vdljj. I fjoh a escp of qaeebax, of zjpa, exae in xiv mjijltbe beqfve lrj anvolm. It woy txshiq gulb lrj ekhurybsdrh, xiv jlnbdgn.

Ejjurvfkh, Tlcldicvr cnwi’ bncqsd bat omob. I jjsc it qfv xiv abriyk aijiti tkbqd it is. I fjoh trvl ehukdthing jijw be tvnilnz. Tex kledgdzb jijw ajjij be xivre, xiv lrbbiu kccot, iyqogc xuo zoqkto. Texre jijw ajjij be dšvėdy in xiv jmernxsqsqpy, zsel it lwtbh bqew a aijiti wgah eokxxznis gulb beqfve.

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