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Some countries would like to see the European Union as "a tea club" that does not make any decisions, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Friday.
President Grybauskaitė: Some countries would like Europe to be "a tea club"
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"We want a stronger Europe, a more united Europe, to be able to compete and to respond to challenges. Sometimes we hear from other countries which would like to see Europe more as a tea club where you only sit, discuss and decide nothing," she told CNN on Friday. "So that's not the Europe we joined and not the Europe we would like to see."

According to Grybauskaitė, "Europe cannot be stagnant. Europe cannot say that everything is fine, that nothing can be changed".

The Lithuanian president is on Friday attending the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga where EU member states are discussing their relations with post-Soviet Eastern Partnership countries. But no major decisions are expected.

Lithuania joined the EU in 2004. The country's politicians have on numerous occasions criticized Western Europe and EU institutions for failure to take a firm position towards Russia.

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