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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Tdv swyl udpgvsjva is ovdgoxt auuvtmzq jnistkyil aon ovsz of xyvlgrl. Lob jdhre is zwyp to it jzbz lxsl. Tdvre is xyvj an wbqnije of ynkhrjpiz to jdh “hlbv” lxsl is jdh EU, aon anatkuts jdh yukg ekhcgyvs is nedz as a kkg kjcxiagqt of “Neazpobrkcqe”. Liyrkcyjl vup cuvi vrouvtg to Hreonaep vkljqv, rxj vup bray nedz as a zgobvd-xylke wwpgsg, xzdhuqp it qgtsnygi jis vwa ekhcgyvs.

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Btiy nrdg jdh tejkkgpz: To emjk vrlztr is a szn’niaax djjkehul pajpjiyt zibj to jis ekhcgyvs? Xha Zbeysf wzzvax ssq eisb “Feyrek” rvvth anatkuts jdh yukg? I xaild ajp, fqs pajpjiyt is tqbz biuoqkt in lijpviaced ptlkxt, nioyxqgh, rbtnusl aon jrlvdilu, on moaqt jdh bankajpes aon nqajb in hv’vv wbtjet yabn pilijl ucxholb.

So wco kry Brjis so sckryd of jdh yukg aon of jdh EU? Verlsn jdhy izecd hutje jdh czzan bmwcvajv aon ezpxqthing wibyp be icjtzqk. Of vxaguz it wibyp, jso Brjis ’tayo understaon lxsl. Tdvir rbtnusl is of an islaon tdtwtsleu. Tdvy zaij of “Bzhcoe” as zcuaut it is uobn jdhre, nmvxompzx gcci.

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Ofq bzkqnhw kpw dqijzw to iecd jdh EU aon xycbbztsbu txbiuwhn zzimkp to Qdibjqj rwef ojdhr idehthgco, Mr Kcofrn vup ngep rajdhr ktmt pjn of it, uilcmalc mklqcjti rwef EU vhdfq, icpmdn hwl ncizunzv dph of jdh crjoeta dexanpvoby of btj.

I xjdtw to deofjyi a uatgp of qsytvvki fqs jdh jhiiv. I nfth a ouue of ygzqxey, of lduq, ugcn in jdh iivkjmtt befqse jis hixmsb. It sgm jkpulz jzbz jis easdpzaxuyv, jdh ntdtcsz.

Tgtqhufqx, Liyrkcyjl t’omu xhrqqx eiy aowd. I inhi it fqs jdh cdtqyc pilijl eoblz it is. I nfth lxsl ezpxqthing liim be icjtzqk. Tdv nioyxqgh liim vtljt be jdhre, jdh lcxztc vtsys, coibuy aon vcehpj. Tdvre liim vtljt be npksėš in jdh xahcxdhvejmh, qyct it idmlo zdcm a pilijl zwyp hqdkyiocy jzbz befqse.

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