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Identifying the biggest threats to the country, wanting to both punish and be friends

Which country do Lithuanians see as the friendliest and which – as the most hostile? What is the Lithuanian people’s perception of Donald Trump, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin? What leads to such choices? After asking this of Lithuanian citizens in a number of surveys, not only old truths surface, but also unexpected details.

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M. Laurinavičius: Revolut is involved with the Kremlin from beginning to end

A month ago, Lithuania was the first country in Europe to grant a specialised banking license to the company Revolut, which caused member of Seimas Stasys Jakeliūnas suspicions. The MP contacted the Financial Crime Investigation Service (FNTT) and State Security Department (VSD), asking them to check the financial company’s business model and links to Russian politicians, lrt.lt writes.

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Agreement signed with Vietnam on illegal migration

During an official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Minister of Interior Eimutis Misiūnas signed a Lithuanian-Vietnamese agreement on citizen repatriation (hereon – repatriation agreement), a cabinet press release states according to lrt.lt.

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Deliberations on A. Karbauskis’ amendments on child protection system postponed

The Seimas Legal Affairs Committee removed amendments proposed by Ramūnas Karbauskis on the child protection law, which were to be deliberated on Wednesday because according to the committee’s chairwoman Agnė Širinskienė, cabinet conclusions are pending, lrt.lt writes.

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Revolut chief: accusations constructed under false statements and unrelated facts

On Wednesday, Revolut founder and head Nikolay Storonsky has released an open letter, where he rejects accusations of the company’s potential links to the Kremlin that have surfaced in the media, lrt.lt writes.

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Vladimiras Laučius. The new Nausėda: lessons from Grybauskaitė and compliments from Butkevičius

A generation of young Lithuanians has nearly grown up, which has from birth listened to musings on whether Gitanas Nausėda will participate in the presidential elections. Already in 2009, kindergarteners probably knew how to draw a sun, their mom and the house under the Pūčkoriai Outcrop.

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Proposals to charge employers with specifying wages in job adverts received negatively

The amendments to the Labour Code proposed by the “Farmers”, where employers would have to specify wages in job advertisements and the interval for the size, have been met with criticism from experts, who think this will improve neither the employer, nor the employee’s negotiation positions, lrt.lt writes.

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Proposals on air quality: maximum odour concentration in air to be reduced

In order to improve air quality and reduce discomfort for those residing near industry, manufacturing and other objects, which could release sharp odours, it has been proposed to adjust the maximum permitted odour concentration in the air. Related institutions have been handed the legislative projects intended to do so, pending proposals and opinions, a Ministry of Healthcare press release states according to lrt.lt.

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Experts on S. Skvernelis’ candidacy: do not see pre-planning and see risks

Last week, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced his presidential bid. This decision has finalised matters on the political stage. Gitanas Nausėda, S. Skvernelis and Ingrida Šimonytė gather 40% of the vote according to surveys. Another 40% of potential voters are undecided and the remaining 20% is shared by the other candidates. Thus, the number of candidates is growing and the intrigue is rising. How the presidential election campaign will develop and who has the highest chances was discussed by experts on Monday’s LRT Forumas, lrt.lt writes.

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Doctors and pharmacists complain about malfunctioning e-prescription system

The Ministry of Healthcare wants for all doctors to end usage of paper based prescriptions in 2019. Apparently already 8 out of 10 compensated prescriptions are electronic. However, doctors and pharmacists say that the e-prescription system is constantly malfunctioning and patients face major inconveniences, lrt.lt writes.

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A. Monkevičius starts meetings with trade unions

Minister of Education, Science and Sports Algirdas Monkevičius is starting meetings with education trade unions. The trade union, which organised a teachers’ strike in December states it will repeat its demands on raising hourly wages and reducing class sizes, lrt.lt writes.

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Capella Baltica increasing investment in Klaipėda FEZ

Capella Baltica, a Spanish cosmetics and food industry supplier, has increased the amount of its investment at Klaipėda Free Economic Zone from 10 to 13M EUR and plans to open its protein factory in late 2019.

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Ramūnas Bogdanas. Where did British Euroscepticism come from?

The roots of the United Kingdom’s Euroscepticism lie in its imperial past. Its welfare was created by the global economy it ruled itself in a state which spanned the world that the sun never set on. Thus, Brits particularly struggle to commit in a company, where their voice is simply one of twenty-eight. The tradition of a global empire clashes with the club rules.

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Kęstutis Girnius. Referendum – inexcusable populism

The president’s advisor Mindaugas Lingė was mistaken calling the ruling “Farmer” initiative to gather signatures on a referendum on reducing the number of members of Seimas as having a populist shade.

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L. Linkevičius: disinformation is a serious challenge to Western unity

On Monday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius participated in an EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting, where EU member state foreign ministers discussed the EU’s plans to combat disinformation, a press release states according to lrt.lt.

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Georgian prime minister visiting Lithuania

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze is arriving in Lithuania for an official visit. Discussions on bilateral relations and economic are to be held during meetings with President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, lrt.lt writes.

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Conservatives compare S. Skvernelis’ links to D. Gudelis with R. Paksas and J. Borisov’s friendship

A journalist investigation has uncovered facts that Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Minister of Economy Virginijus Sinkevičius, running in respectively the presidential and municipal elections, are constantly and systematically consulted by public relations consultant Darius Gudelis, the owner of the company VIP Viešosios Informacijos Partneriai, without having officially declared it. The aforementioned company has been winning numerous publicity tenders by ministries and institutions subordinate to the cabinet, part of which are evaluated by the prime minister’s political confidence advisor, which raises doubts for the Conservatives on whether there is no abuse of office and if state institution publicity tenders are organised transparently, a press release states according to lrt.lt.

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How blockchain technology will change the world trade?

The field of research of World Trade Organisation chief analyst Emmanuelle Ganne is the application of new technologies in trade and micro, small and intermediate sized companies’ problems. Such companies comprise 99% of all in Lithuania.

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Ukrainians become the largest foreign community in Lithuania

The Migration Department has released preliminary migration metrics for H2 2018. These have revealed that the largest foreign community in Lithuania is no longer Russians, but citizens of Ukraine, lrt.lt writes.

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Evaluation of S. Skvernelis’ chances: by clashing with the media, he may have made a mistake

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis chose Rusnė as the location to announce his presidential bid. During his cabinet’s term, financing was arranged for the Rusnė overpass. The prime minister stated he wishes for there to be “harmony between governments in the country,” because at the moment he sees discord between the branches of government and journalists, who according to S. Skvernelis participate in politics, add further pressure. This was the discussion topic of Dienos Tema featuring VU TSPMI docent and KTU scientist Mažvydas Jastramskis and the chief editor of BNS news agency Vaidotas Beniušis, lrt.lt writes.

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