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D. Grybauskaitė congratulates Lithuania with the New Year: many challenges await in 2019

President Dalia Grybauskaitė delivered her annual New Year’s Address. According to the head of state, an extraordinary, historic year has ended and challenges both within the country and on the international arena await in 2019, lrt.lt writes.

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Kęstutis Girnius. The restless year of 2019

The coming year will not be easy. Global economic growth is slowing. The trade wars started by the USA have calmed, but could soon flare again because President Trump is becoming ever less predictable.

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Whistle-blower security to be ensured next year

With the whistle-blower protection law coming into power next year, the security of individuals aiding in unveiling corruption will be adequately ensured. The chairwoman of the workgroup, which prepared the legislation, Agnė Bilotaitė says that this is a signal that the state cares for civic minded individuals, that they will be safe and unharmed.

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Targeting the informal economy in markets, construction sector and wage payments

The government has taken aim at the informal economy, just as many prior to it has. This time, the construction sector, meat produce trade, healthcare institutions and minor traders are in its sights, lrt.lt writes.

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Lithuania sees rise in public election committees

97 public election committees have registered by the end of the deadline on Friday afternoon to compete in the upcoming municipal elections in Lithuania this March.

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Expat Lithuanians awarded in the annual Global Lithuania Awards

On December 27, the Global Lithuania Awards 2018 ceremony was held at the National Philharmonic. 400 guests from tens of countries gathered to honour international Lithuanians and foreign professionals related to Lithuania, who have contributed to the growth of our country through their knowledge, connections, investments and other initiatives.

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What protests shook Lithuania in 2018?

From doctors to teachers. Against children’s rights protection law changes and for the impeachment of a member of Seimas. The lrt.lt news portal presents protests held in 2018, which drew crowds and caused ripples throughout the public.

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Talks on Latvia's next gov't in new deadlock over interior minister candidate

Negotiations on Latvia's next coalition government ran into a deadlock again on Thursday as the five political parties involved in the talks could not agree on who will be heading the ministry of interior.

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A festive police raid full of smiles and warm coffee held in Lithuania

During the bridging of winter holidays Lithuanian police invited drivers to a friendly “Clean driver” raid in Vilnius. Tens of drivers responded to the invitation on Facebook. While treating themselves to a warm cup of coffee, provided by Lithuanian coffee shop chain “Vero cafe”, drivers had the opportunity to have a chat with the officers, check their driving history, and ask questions that they were interested in, a press release from the Lithuanian Police Department states.

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Government approves procedures for licensing stores wishing to sell medicine

The cabinet has approved a pharmacy licensing regulations amendment project proposed by the Ministry of Healthcare, which will allow retailers to sell certain medicines, rather than just pharmacies, starting from January 1, lrt.lt writes.

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Lithuania to step up air defense with air missiles

Lithuania is to purchase additionally battle and training missiles to its Nasams air defense system from the Norway's Defense Ministry to step up air defense, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday.

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President signs referendum law amendments

President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed amendments to the referendum law on Thursday, lrt.lt writes.

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Kęstutis Girnius. The changed Lithuanian political landscape

Politics does not stand in place, change is a near constant even if the changes are often insignificant. New political parties emerge, draw voters for a few years and then vanish. The Way of Courage, the National Revival Party, A. PaulauskasNew Union, the Modern Christian Democrat Union, the Lithuanian Freedom Union, the Labour Party, the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labour Party – this is only part of the political parties, which formed after the re-establishment of independence, most forming after the year 2000.

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Vladimiras Laučius. Why S. Skvernelis will likely run for president

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has so far not made mistakes, which would bar his path to the office of president. What is being described as the prime minister’s communication mistakes and nonsense may have not only harmed his image, but also served it, Vladimiras Laučius writes on lrt.lt.

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V. Matijošaitis to seek second term as Kaunas city mayor

Incumbent Kaunas city Mayor Visvaldas Matijošaitis intends to participate in the springtime Kaunas city mayor elections in a bid for a second term. V. Matijošaitis will also be leading the United Kaunas electoral roll, which is to participate in the elections to Kaunas city council, a press release sent to lrt.lt states.

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Vytautas Sinica. Euro federalism is eroding the European Union

Compared to Lithuania, no other state better understood the fact that membership in the EU and NATO – especially NATO – was (and still is) essential to the country’s long-term survival and the assurance of national interests. It was this goal of achieving the membership that motivated and led Lithuania forward during its first decade of independence. Lithuania always associated NATO with safety and EU with welfare and benefits – and, sadly, better governance as well.

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China's Policy Paper on the European Union

The world is undergoing major development, changes and adjustments. The trend toward multi-polarity, economic globalization, IT application and cultural diversity is deepening. Countries are increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Meanwhile, the world is witnessing growing instabilities and uncertainties, with unilateralism, protectionism and de-globalization on the rise.

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Laurinavičius: people imagine Russian spies’ work based on James Bond movies

People imagine the work of spies, especially those of the Russian regime, based on films about James Bond or Stierlitz, Vilnius Institute of Political Analysis expert Marius Laurinavičius tells LRT Radio. According to him, often it is imagined that spies gather top secret information, however it is often the contrary. Member of Seimas Vytautas Bakas also states he believes the perception of spy stories is often too primitive, lrt.lt writes.

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Christmas in Vilnius

Courtesy of the Christmas Bazaar, we all know that the only real Santa is the one descending from Korvatunturi in northern Finland. The Bazaar is the unofficial start to Christmas. Fast the entire city slips into a Christmas mood. The giant Christmas tree on Cathedral square makes it year after year into the top ten of most beautiful trees in Europe, a bit like the clockwork that is this year's theme.

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A. Ažubalis on dual citizenship: you cannot sit on two chairs

On Thursday, the Seimas passed amendments to the referendum law, which increases the voting deadline to 10PM and expands the number of voting locations abroad with the aim of increasing voter turnout. Furthermore, the new law establishes an institution, which would perform campaigning when the Seimas declares the referendum. The voting bar to make decisions remains unchanged. The new redaction of the law was prepared by a Seimas workgroup for the dual citizenship referendum, lrt.lt writes.

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